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marking the grainline on pattern pieces

cheetahgirl | Posted in General Discussion on


I have a nightgown that I’ve worn to threads!  I can’t find another like or a pattern so I decided to rip it apart and use it as a pattern.  Well, I was very very careful and I have all the pieces, but what I don’t know is how to mark the grainline for laying it out.  Any help?  Thanks!



  1. mygaley | | #1

    Try pulling a thread around the center of each piece; you can then use that for your grainline.  Galey

    1. cheetahgirl | | #2

      I've tried pulling a thread, but the fabric is so threadbare that it doesn't work very well.  Any other suggestions?

      1. mygaley | | #3

        Try this:  look in your pattern stash for a similar garment.  Lay out your fabric pieces and put the tissue over them, matching centers, etc as much as you can.  Then transfer the grain lines to your fabric.  From here make a muslin and you will have it to use as your pattern.   You can do this--don't give up.  God bless you Galey

      2. mem | | #4

        With a night gown i think that you could assume that the grain line would run per pendicular to the waistline the biceps line  and probabably across the yoke . 

      3. user-60627 | | #5

        Well, you really like this nightgown, so I hope you don't mind putting a little work into it.  I hope you kept track of how the pieces fit together and maybe have made a sketch to refresh your memory. 

        Without a description of this gown, I am a going under the assumption that the grain runs lengthwise, as per usual.  No bias business.  What you need to do is thread-trace the lengthwise grain on each of your gown pieces.  You can do this with a contrasting sewing thread and a running stitch, or, if your eyes are good and your hand steady, trace with a pen and a C-thru ruler.  Just look really closely and follow alongside the lengthwise grain threads with your pen or with your needle and thread.  Do this for all the pieces.  Thats it,  you have grainline established.



        1. cheetahgirl | | #6

          I never thought of that!  Great idea.  I will try it and let you know how it worked out.  Thanks for all the help.


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