A friend special ordered 20 yards of fabric and I agreed to make pinch pleated draperies for her. The fabric is a cotton and the design is printed rather than woven. When I pulled a thread, I discovered that the fabric was printed off grain. We went back to the store to ask if they would reorder, since the draperies will cover an 8 foot sliding glass door and the pattern is large, so will be noticeable (the printing error is one inch across the width of the fabric). The store owner contacted her rep and was told that it is very common for fabric to be printed off grain and we would just have to match it up as best we can. I will need three widths of fabric seamed together for each of two panels. I have a choice of matching the pattern on the widths and making the curtains off grain or making the curtains on grain and having the pattern an inch lower across the width of the draperies. They will hang better on grain but will look better off grain. Which method would be preferable?
Secondly, does anyone know of a Council or organization where I could find out if this is indeed common practice for fabric of this type to be printed off-grain? (It is decorator fabric, first quality, and cost $16.00 per yard).