How Grain Lines Influence a Hanging Skirt

I thought this diagram was rather useful, but maybe that’s because I just haven’t made enough skirts to know. 🙂

dress grain guide
Diagram showing the different way a skirt hangs depending on how the grain line is used.
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Is There Any Real Value to Cutting Ties Cross Grain?

I have a tie pattern which requires that I cut those long narrow pieces cross grain. That is, to cut the thing 45 degrees to the selvage and leave a lot of fabric to either side not efficiently usable for other items. This is especially true given I would make ties out of the more expensive fabrics I have in my store. Yes, it’s getting to the point where I’m feeling I have a store. 🙂

Now, I don’t know about you, but I have a little trouble listening to patterns. They need to talk a little louder or something, I guess. So I want to know from you if there were any real value to cutting ties cross grain?

I’ve done some research, not being lazy and with access to Google, but I haven’t come up with anything satisfactory. Burda says cutting cross grain will allow the skirt, draped top or tie to fall more fluidly. Maybe it’s a guy thing, but if a tie falls down straight when I first tie it, that’s pretty good to me. I don’t particularly care if it falls more fluidly or just falls. I’m not giving points and neither is anybody else about how it falls. I can’t imagine cutting the tie on the bias would prevent it from falling and hanging down straight. Hanging fabric with the bias vertical looks pretty straight to me.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints had a different answer. Funny where you can find information, eh? They said ties are cut diagonally across the fabric grain so they will stay tied better, Stay tied better? From what do they make their ties? Or how are they tying their ties? If you tie a tie well, it’s a little hard to slip or come loose, from my experience. So I’m not buying that, either.

A history of neck ties said that in the 1940s, ties were expertly cut, and lined, to ensure a satisfactory fit and appearance. That sounds like a craftsmanship issue to me, not a practical issue or requirement. The history also said this “was the apparent increase in uniformity”, which would definitely not be what I’m after if you could see some of the fabric I have set aside possibly for making ties.

So has any one here sewn ties, or had training in them, or know enough about this issue to tell me whether cutting ties cross grain is really necessary in order to get a decent functioning tie? Please tell me why if so. I haven’t been convinced so far, but that may just be a matter of presentation.

And if you don’t care for making ties and such, hopefully, you’ll just enjoy the history of ties. I love what you can find online! Thank you!