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VandR
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Date: 6/2/13 5:40 PM

Just wondering how many of you have sewn with panelled fabrics? If you have, what did you sew and how did you incorporate the panel design into the garment?

I recently went a little silly and bought up a whole bunch of really gorgeous knit fabrics with panel prints on them. I am so in love with each of them as *flat fabric* pieces, but am having a hard time envisioning how to use them.

Of course, the obvious thing is to put the centre of the panel design at the front or back centre of the garment.... but to be honest, that isn't my style.... that looks too "designed", for me... But I'll be darned if I can wrap my brain around how else to use them! So I thought I'd canvas the opinion of the PR membership to see if y'all have any ideas to get me rolling?

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Date: 6/2/13 9:18 PM

Maybe go to the stores and see how they are using them if knits. Also go over to the Pucci website and also Etro, and look there too, since they do that a lot. If a geometric or flowered or such, seems they do often just cut them up, and turn things any which way also. Of course if they are of people or animals or such, then if you get a head or leg or such going upside down or the wrong direction that will not work as good. Also a lot of color blocked tops and dresses out now, and often they will only put part of the panel print, on the center color blocked area, and even combine with some other fabric.

I picked up a huge repeating photo panel print on polyester knit at Walmart that had about a repeating photo print of two ladies in more mod/boho 60's clothes at about a repeat of 1 yard for each one, and since only $2 a yard I got several panels of that one, and I am still trying to figure out what I want to do with that one.

I do think it was sort of a "mill end" that someone had made up, in a certain way, for a particular pre-planned garment in a factory someplace ahead of time, and the actual panel was just designed after the fact of what they wanted to make out of it. If I want to keep most of it showing, it might turn into sort of a column dress, or maybe a very simple bat wing or dolman sleeved top, with only a few pieces in it. Just so it does not get cut up too much. I would just cut it all up, and reverse directions of it in places to mix it up a bit, but with 2 foot tall very easy to spot people on it, as actually people, I don't want all those body parts going every which way :)

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