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Message Board > Fabrics and more... > Would this fabric play nicely with this pattern? ( Moderated by CynthiaSue)

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Would this fabric play nicely with this pattern?
and do I dare wash it?


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Date: 1/12/12 6:44 PM

I bought this pretty piece of "Fall Suiting" from JA's the other day and imagined it in this stashed pattern. First off, it's a poly/wool/rayon blend with the metallic chain stitch and sequins. It said dry clean only on the bolt, but I'm more of a throw-it-in-the-washer kinda girl. Do I dare wash it cold, gentle cycle, line dry, or would I be asking for disaster?
Now, about the fabric and pattern combination... I'm hesitating a little over those 8 darts combined with patterned fabric, as well as the sequins. I believe I'll need to clip those off in the stitching lines. (I don't think reattaching after sewing will be an option because it appears that I'll have to clip the sequin to the center to remove it.) I'd make view A for that fabric.
And now I present exhibit B: a red plaid suiting from fabric.com. It's a lovely rayon/cotton that has a seperate back layer fully tacked to it. I bought it intending to make the same Simplicity pattern, but the plaid was larger than anticipated and I now wonder if I might look like a walking tablecloth. The nickle is there for scale. So, your 2c on fabrics and pattern would be helpful!!

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Date: 1/12/12 7:28 PM

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Do I dare wash it cold, gentle cycle, line dry, or would I be asking for disaster?


Just make a test. Cut a swatch and wash and dry it as you intend to do with the finished garnment. You will see if you like the result. Measure the square before, so you will know what the shrinkage is.

Sometimes it is a disaster but not always. I have several skirts and one dress made of wool (gabardine, crepe) that wash beautifully (gentle, cold water and line dry, of course).

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Date: 1/12/12 7:55 PM

2c...........................

You'll be able to clip off some of the sequins that are hidden inside the darts/pleats and reuse them. The stitching of the pattern is pretty simple and it shouldn't take to many hand stitches here and there to maintain continuity in your design once it is darted/pleated. You can play with the idea of converting to a single princess dart/pleat on either side of the front and the back if you think it would be easier to work with the pattern. It will be quite beautiful if you make it up in that fabric.

The red plaid is really about you and what you want to do with it. I've probably worn one too many plaid uniforms to get enthusiastic, but I remember someone posting something in a similar vein (maybe a year ago) and, by George, it looked smashing. And, the pictured plaid rendition on the pattern cover looks really nice. Often, an unlikely fabric that is beautifully made becomes a stunning garment. And, you do need to have fun with your clothes, The nice thing about your plaid is that it is not heavy and you would not feel restricted to just fall/winter wearing.

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