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Date: 7/4/12 3:28 AM

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So, I read all the reviews before I cut this. Everyone loves it, says it's easy. I'm a little freaked out, though because I can't cut a muslin because it's a knit and it won't do me any good.

The maxis I've bought have looked best at a size smaller than I usually wear. So I'm going to compare measurements with my favorite dress, even if the knit is different. Right?

Many of the reviews say that, if you're going to make the dress, make sure the knit is light. Well, I have my heart set on a not-so-light knit. It's not thick doubleknit or anything. I don't know what it is except it's the most beautiful blue color and it's made of something that looks like the offspring between terrycloth and boucle. Very stretchy, and much heavier than t-shirt knit. Should I try it?

Also, people talk about, I forget the word, but they do things to the shoulder seams and armholes to stabilize and strengthen it. I have a lot of that iron on tape, and I have hem tape, but I don't have any of the preferred products. Am I understanding right that the stabilizing tape you iron on is OK for this application? I'm in a strange situation because I'm up at my cabin for the rest of the summer, and I won't have easy access to any notions.

Also, why stabilize armholes?


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Date: 7/4/12 9:30 AM

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I'm a little freaked out, though because I can't cut a muslin because it's a knit and it won't do me any good.

You can make a muslin for knit garments. Use an inexpensive knit as the fabric and proceed as normal.
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Date: 7/4/12 10:53 AM

One concern I have is that your fabric will stretch out of shape with the weight of a maxi dress, especially as you say it's a very stretchy fabric. My greatest conern is whether there is lycra in your fabric. If not, your fabric may stretch...and stay stretched. Lycra would give the fabric recovery.

Cheap knit fabric (such as ITY, $3.95/yd Denver Fabrics) makes great knit muslins.

With a stretchy fabric, and especially if it has no lycra, and you're doing a heavy garment such as a maxi dress, you do want to stabilize the shoulders. Iron-on knit interfacing works well, or any iron-on light interfacing will do. I use clear elastic.

The reason for stabilizing armholes is the same for shoulders; to keep them from stretching out of shape, especially in a garment that has a lot of weight, such as a maxi dress. The armhole area has a lot of bias. If my fabric has lycra, I do stabilize shoulders, don't stabilize arm holes. Without lycra, I do both. In suit jackets, I always stabilize the armholes.

If your fabric turns out to be just too stretcy and lacks recovery for the maxi dress, you could always shorten it.

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Date: 7/4/12 12:48 PM

I would hesitate to use an iron on seam tape on a knit. If it stretches, it's liable to pop off. Hem tape is useable, as long as it's not a bias.
What's really good, convinient, and cheap is the selvege from a woven fabric..cottons are great as are some silkies..

Lynne is correct, I'm sure, on your fabric. I would choose another fabric..I'm the owner of a stretch velvet tunic that is now a dress!

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Date: 7/4/12 9:04 PM

Well, what are the reviews here for if we don't learn from them, eh? I guess I'll make something else out of the fabric. To be honest, Target was selling a maxi in the same style and color for $15, so that kind of takes the thrill out of it.

Thanks everyone, esp about the stabilization info. I guess I never sewed much with knits as a kid.

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