[I would have written “minutia” but thanks to Reader who advised me differently, I won’t make that mistake again.]
This entry is for all you anal retentive old schoolers. We know you’re out there so front and center with you. Lesley said (paraphrased) in the forum:
I was taught that when you grade, you grade the garment [with the orientation] square to the grain line. But while I was watching the StyleCAD grading lesson video, they make a note about tricky corners and using the grading axis feature (about 1 minute in), and this means that you can grade on a different axis. But wouldn’t this mean the grade changes? It might only be subtle, but it could mean a big difference if you are grading over a large size range.
The silliest thing is, I’ve done this before, and haven’t even thought about it – it was only when I watched the video that my brain went “hold on a sec…” I’m going to try it and let you know what the difference in measurements work out to be, but I would love to know – which is correct? Grading square relative to the grainline or to the garment? Does it matter as long as you do the same to the corresponding points? Am I just worrying over nothing?
If you are anything like me, it is immaterial whether it matters, true or true? We demand the absolute truth!
Hints may be found here. And I’m delighted -beside myself really- to announce that Harry Simon’s grading book (that I also mentioned here) is available for download. Yes indeedy! We bless the Library of Congress and the Sloan Foundation. Excuse me, I have to go and finish building my altar now…