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How to tell if my stripes are vertical or horizontal
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Date: 10/5/12 8:27 PM

It's a dense, firm stretch knit. The stripes are selvedge to selvedge... so horizontal? I want to use it for HotPatterns Classix Nouveau Sportive Skiet Suit.... but I don't want to commit the fabric until I know if I have vertical or horizontal stripes! :-)
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Date: 10/5/12 9:34 PM

For knits I usually go with the greatest amount of stretch going around my body. Assuming there is enough fabric width, you can use it whichever way you want. Just make sure you size the pattern appropriately for the amount of stretch that you're working with.

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Date: 10/5/12 10:07 PM

The most important thing is the stretch of the material. Check the stretch both ways-to do this many patterns have a "stretch ruler" on the pattern envelope that allows you to measure a 4" piece of material to check the stretch-if the material stretches the length suggested on the pattern then you know it will work with that pattern. I don't know if the HopPattern gives you any suggested amount of stretch.
As far as stripes go-horizontal stripes give a perception of width, vertical gives a perception of height. I am tall (almost 6') so I have steered away from vertical stripes that would make me look even taller. If the stretch is equal, then you can go with the look you want. HTH
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Date: 10/6/12 0:37 AM

Wow, thank you both! I had no idea I could use it either way.... (Both directions stretch; tomorrow I will check the difference and decide. I assume the greater stretch should be around me, vs vertical? Or does not matter if you choose enough ease?
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Date: 10/6/12 8:08 AM

If the fabric is very heavy, you won't want the stripes going vertical, as the weight of it will pull it out of shape as you wear it.

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Date: 10/6/12 8:19 AM

Yes you would want the greatest stretch going around you not up and down (no advantage to that really) but yes you could flip it if the stretch is ok. Ease and stretch are different. Ease is the extra material needed for movement and comfortable fit. Because of the stretch in the material, knit patterns include less ease generally than a comparable pattern style that is designed for wovens. If you try to accommodate for less stretch by adding ease, you can end up with something too big.
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Date: 10/6/12 10:08 PM

Really good to know; I do love this place! I ended up organizing all if my fabric piles into bins last night instead of any actual sewing but it really needed to be done because I'm moving Saturday. Finally have my own place, and the @dining room" will be a sewing space.
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