I tried both lengthwise and crosswise grain, I cut the other end of the selvedge off to see if it would make a difference, it didn't. I measured, shifted, eased, petted, stroked, twisted and turned all to no avail!
As you can see the black stripes line up but the blue lines fall somewhere in the middle, is the print supposed to be like this? I know prints don't always run true to grain and in quilting I can fudge a little and make it all work. But with my limited knowledge of dressmaking I have always understood grain matters!
Pulling the fabric so that all lines match distorts the grain far too much, I don't think the garment will drape as it is supposed if I did that. I could not even cut the pattern out this way because I can't get the fabric to lay flat off grain like that!
I could line up the black horizontal and ignore the blue but then I will have a semi diagonal blue line running somewhere through the center front. Or vice verse if I line up the black lines vertical.
I don't know what to do! I am not sure if I can make a Tova top with this fabric, will it look too odd if the blue lines don't match up? Am I doing this all wrong? What would you do?
If any of you clever people out there has some advice for me I would greatly appreciate it!