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Date: 5/16/12 1:16 PM

Which is I guess the long way to say I've been sewing off and on for years but have stuck with stuff I know how to do.

Now, I'm trying to learn a lot more! At the moment, I'm going with something simple, a wrap that's made with only two pieces (Simplicity 5252, view C).

However, I somehow always find a way to complicate things. I dug through my stash and found this fabric that I could not resist, although at the time I had no idea what I'd make... but now I realize that after cutting out the pieces, I have absolutely NO idea how to sew it and make it stick together! It's a loose knit of very fine gauge yarn, but I bought it off a bolt at a fabric store in Louisiana several years ago. Help, please?

Pics here:TealSweaterWrap

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Date: 5/16/12 2:26 PM

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Which is I guess the long way to say I've been sewing off and on for years but have stuck with stuff I know how to do.



Now, I'm trying to learn a lot more! At the moment, I'm going with something simple, a wrap that's made with only two pieces (Simplicity 5252, view C).



However, I somehow always find a way to complicate things. I dug through my stash and found this fabric that I could not resist, although at the time I had no idea what I'd make... but now I realize that after cutting out the pieces, I have absolutely NO idea how to sew it and make it stick together! It's a loose knit of very fine gauge yarn, but I bought it off a bolt at a fabric store in Louisiana several years ago. Help, please?



Pics here:TealSweaterWrap

Hey Friend,

I can't see the google photo - Have you searched the pattern reviews here to see if anyone has made this pattern? maybe they have a tip about the pattern. Without seeing the fabric, just off the fly with a 2 piece wrap (skirt?) I would first serge or overcast all the seams before sewing.... Make sure you sew from the Bottom UP - I find it's much easier to get a level hem if you start at the bottom.

I hope a more advanced person hops in, but take it slow, look for other reviews in case there are issues with this pattern... and just GO for it :-) You learn as you sew more different things, and worse case Goodwill get's a new wrap that you didn't like how it turned out

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Date: 5/16/12 2:45 PM

Thanks, HDWen. It's a wrap top...not sure I'd go as far as "jacket".

Ah ha - linking directly to a pic works better. BTW, that's not a hole - there's a bright light behind the fabric.

I did as you suggested and found a review here, http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/7890, made with a similar-looking fabric, but all she says is that it held together fine. (Oh, and I guess it's a shrug!)

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Date: 5/16/12 7:39 PM

I think you would need to either serge this type of fabric OR use some kind of wide zig-zag stitch.

I've never worked with anything like that before, but those are the first two things that come to mind.

Although it seems you want to keep the seam length short, I'm not sure how that would work with this fabric if it's on the stretchy side... hoping someone more experienced gives their 2 cents :-) Good luck!

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Date: 5/16/12 11:39 PM

Try a casual wrap. Use clear elastic in the seams to help control the stretch of the fabric.

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Date: 5/17/12 1:01 AM

heathergwo - I do not have a serger. I pretty much know the straight stitch and the button hole settings on my (old!) machine. It has a bunch of different zigzags though.

PattiAnnJ - when you say "use clear elastic", what do you mean? Stitch it in between the layers? ANd I don't think I've seen clear elastic, just white and black?

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Date: 5/17/12 1:30 AM

I made a shirt out of fabric similar to this many, many years ago before I used a serger. I used the stitch that looks similar to this --v--v--v it's an overlock stitch that most bottom of the line machines have (or they have somthing similar).

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Date: 5/17/12 2:18 AM

If what you're hoping to do is give this some weight so it won't stretch too much, I'd suggest you fuse the pieces with fusible tricot.

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Date: 5/17/12 1:40 PM

If it is a stable knit meaning that the stretch is all in the width and it is fairly stable lengthwise I would use a twill tape in the waist seam to stabilize (get the length off the pattern) and hang for a day or 2 before I hemmed it to let it decide what gravity is going to do. I would also use a narrow zigzag on the seams. Good luck

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Date: 5/17/12 4:02 PM

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