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Date: 11/27/11 3:40 PM

I just purchased from Ebay some very soft Modal rayon jersey knit. It's not a heavy fabric. I'm wondering if it is too thin to make a dress out of it? Has anyone used Modal rayon jersey? What is the washing instructions for this fabric?

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Date: 11/27/11 3:52 PM

I used modal, mine was feather light. It is one of the thinnest knits I have ever used, so soft and nice to touch

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Date: 11/27/11 7:30 PM

I'd say the answer depends on the style of the dress and your wish for how closely fit you like your dresses. Modal/rayon knits, especially the lightweight ones, tend to be very clingy.

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Date: 11/27/11 7:36 PM

I bought this Butterick dress pattern 5246 awhile back and it calls for jersey knit.

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Date: 11/27/11 8:56 PM

If it seems like it's not going to hold up or seems too thin, you can always line it. Ah, but modal feels so nice.

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Date: 1/16/12 2:51 PM

ETA: Sorry -- I don't know why I didn't notice that this thread wasn't current! Well, a little extra info probably won't hurt.

I'm working with a very thin, soft rayon/lycra right now making Simplicity 3775. Because of the thinness of the knit, I decided to double the bodice pieces, basting them together and treating them as one -- that way I have the soft feel of the knit against my skin. (The midriff is already doubled, since I am doing the ruched waist.) The skirt I am lining with tricot, as I almost always do with knit dresses with a waist seam. I'll always wear this with tights, so the inside feel of the bottom half isn't as important.

I had plenty of fabric with the recommended yardage to cut the extra bodice pieces, by planning my layout carefully. However, I didn't have enough to double the long sleeves. Wish I had.

If you don't have enough to cut yours double, maybe you have something else in your stash that would do to double/line/interline it with?
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Date: 1/16/12 6:30 PM

I have been looking at and trying on some (not made too tight to the body) dresses with no inset waist, made of pretty closer (but sometimes more polyester and not even rayon) thinner knit fabric in the stores. The ones I just happened to try on and liked there, were sort of fake wrap front paneled ones, with runching on the sides, and all made by Ralph Lauren.

Even though the fabric was pretty lightweight, the actual dresses felt pretty heavy on the hanger and when on. What he was doing, was to have the whole back piece of the dress cut double, sometimes even having the back piece
just on a fold for the back hem there, and then single front fabric pieces for the fake overlap in the front. Probably makes the dress both less clinging, and can't see though it on your legs, if stnding in front of a light source or out in the sun. I though that was kind of clever and interesting, and it seemed to work real good on those.

I think he has also got some pullover flat front thin knit dresses that are made much the same, but then maybe double folded for the whole front and backs of them, although I think the sleeves set into them, are just a single layer thin knit.

Maybe it depends on what kind of underpinnings you decide to wear under something like that. For me, if the knit is just way too thin and drapey, then that calls for more heavy duty underwear/underpinnings at that point, but if thin knit used more double, then not so much.

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