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Date: 8/15/12 5:03 AM

I had an idea last night and I thought I'd ask to see if my idea is right. I have the colette jasmine pattern which is cut on the bias.

Now if I used a stretch jersey could I cut it on the straight grain and it still work? Would I still need the seam allowances?

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Date: 8/17/12 1:46 PM

I have used stretch instead of cutting on the bias and it has worked on very basic designs. However, cutting woven on a bias has a real slimming affect and is very flattering. If this is what you, I would cut on the bias.
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Date: 8/17/12 1:58 PM

I did the exact same thing with my Jasmine blouse. I used a stretch rayon challis and cut with the stretch rather than on the bias. I think it turned out fine; however, my fabric had an awful lot of drape, so that would be something to look out for.

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Date: 8/17/12 2:05 PM

With this particular pattern, it should work, but the best way to make sure would be to measure yourself at critical areas, measure the pattern to make sure that you'd have enough ease--and then use one inch seam allowances as a 'safety' device.

Still, I find the bias woven nature of this garment unique, and fear that in a knit, it might look less special.

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Date: 8/17/12 4:01 PM

I was going to do a sleeveless version. I don't like the front centre seam and hoped a change of fabric would negate that.
I didn't find the bias slimming at all last time i made it.
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Date: 8/23/12 4:57 AM

So I thought I'd experiment with hand stitching the material. (as I don't use a machine) and the results I put on my blog just in case anyone else wants to hand sew stretch.
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Date: 8/23/12 1:10 PM

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I was going to do a sleeveless version. I don't like the front centre seam and hoped a change of fabric would negate that.

I didn't find the bias slimming at all last time i made it.
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Have you looked at the pattern pieces? The CF seam in the Jasmine is shaped and might be difficult to eliminate without a lot of alterations.

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