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Date: 5/11/13 2:17 AM

After a run or reasonably good luck with online fabric purchases, my last one has broken my heart! I was frantically looking for a nice ITY knit in a paisley print for some summer tops and maybe a dress. I thought I'd found it, along with some other prints that looked good. Well the paisley, the one that I really really wanted, and that I have fallen in love with will probably be useless. Unless one of you fabric mavens has a suggestion to rescue me!

I finally got to do some sewing and was preparing to do a pre-wash. Naturally, I went for the coveted fabric, admiring it again before popping it in the wash. That was when I noticed that the very decidedly one way (vertical), fairly large scale print runs horizontally. So to make a top or dress with the stretch going around the body, the pattern would be turned horizontally. I hope I'm making myself clear. It took me a while to wrap my head around what I was holding. I can't figure out a way to make anything wearable out of it and it makes me furious as well as so sad. I really love the colors and the print, even though it's a big larger scale than I would usually have bought. I can't figure out why a manufacturer would even print a design this way. Any ideas out there?

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Date: 5/11/13 2:59 AM

You have my sympathy. I've bought things in the past, assuming the stretch would be in the weft direction and the pattern too, only to find that the manufacturer had some other secret plan in mind. Any chance of using it for something with a strong diagonal, either on the bias, or in diagonal drapes? That sometimes makes up for a wrong way print.

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Date: 5/11/13 8:25 AM

This reminds me of my Anna Sui silk disaster; I wanted the pattern to go vertically, to make me look slimmer, (it was horizontal) and when I made the top, it puddled.

I think you could make a nice full skirt out of this fabric; something that is going to flow around your body and not be so tight as a top, which would draw attention to the area in question.

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Date: 5/11/13 2:19 PM

can you post a pic? maybe seeing it would help others come up with some brilliant ideas for you. i have bought border prints with the stretch running the wrong way and ended up piecing it to take advantage of the stretch, while showing off the print oriented correctly along the bottom hem of a dress.

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Date: 5/11/13 4:01 PM

Can you make it a hem or band at the bottom of a garment out of another fabric? Or maybe use a bit on some sleeve hems - I love the new 6" bands of contrast fabric I've seen on this year's styles.

If all else fails, undies?

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Date: 5/11/13 4:26 PM

It drives me nuts to see knits with border prints running the wrong direction! The other gals have some great suggestions, I'm sure you'll be able to make it work one way or another!

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Date: 5/11/13 4:43 PM

I had a really pretty piece of cotton that was just not in my color. It made a lovely robe!

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Date: 5/11/13 5:07 PM

I have two ideas besides those mentioned. You could make a pattern designed for wovens, since it wouldn't have much stretch. Or, a dress like McCalls 6559 view E may be good, allowing you to see the paisley without worrying too much about the direction of stretch.

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Date: 5/17/13 0:40 AM

I've taken some photos, but have had no luck trying to post them. Too tired right now to mess with any more techie stuff, but I really do have to nail this stuff down.
Anyhow, thanks for all the suggestions/sympathy. I have the McCall's pattern and have some fabric in mind for it, but I just don't think this is going to work. If I could post the pics, you'd see what I mean. I think I'm just going to put it aside for a while until the frustration abates and see if that clears my head. I may even come up with an idea! Stranger things have happened

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Date: 5/17/13 3:25 AM

How frustrating this kind of thing is!

Frankly, I would suggest contacting the vendor, and the reason I say that is that the really reliable ones, like emmaonesock and marcy tilton note the direction and amount of stretch in their fabric descriptions. I think it is reasonable to expect this of all online fabric sellers.

You might not get a refund (though I think at least a partial one would be reasonable), but the seller should be mad aware of shortcomings in the fabric description.
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