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The importance of fabric direction. by CindersDesigns The importance of fabric direction. by CindersDesigns
So I learned a little lesson yesterday. When the pattern has a grain direction- IT FUCKING MEANS IT. I wanted the fur to go more downwards instead of sideways, so I turned the pattern 90 degrees... then wondered WTF happened when I tried to stuff the head on the right. Looks like a crazy alien baby, doesn't it? This is what happens when you go against the grain of your fabric. The left one is the 2nd attempt, matching the pattern to the grain the way I should have from the start.
The pony body I did the wrong way too, but it really doesn't look nearly as wonky. It looks more chibi, so for this pony, I'm keeping it that way. Next time though I'll do things properly. ^^; Explains why sewing it was a bitch!
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catfruitcup Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah - minky esp has a strong stretch in one dir. When you're designing, you have to watch and make sure the stretches match for the entire plush (think architecture forces). ex. if the stretch on the head is left-right, the body should be as well. Learned that the hard way! :)
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CindersDesigns Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh yes definitely. I find I reverse direction on pony manes and tails though. Especially tails, I need it to stretch wider, not taller. But bodies always have a certain direction they need to go.
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matty4z Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
stops side project > fabric has ...direction 0_o'
......oow crud...t-think i may or may not have mucked up?
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CindersDesigns Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
All fabric does, its how they're made. Tug it vertically, then horizontally. One way will stretch more then another. If this link works it'll show you and example of it... [link]
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matty4z Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
thanks...aaand i think a redo is in order -_-'
least i didnt stitch my lil beanie up yet
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CindersDesigns Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Not necessarily. Certain fabrics stretch more then others so you CAN get away with doing it the wrong way, it depends on the fabric and the amount of stretch. Like Minky stretches a lot worse then fleece, so it's much more important to follow the grain. But other fabrics have very little stretch and allow more freedom. If your pattern is looking fine, don't worry about it. ^^;
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matty4z Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
im using mink -_-'
double crud ,
il see how i go?
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