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Date: 6/28/13 10:34 AM

Can you substitute fabric other then whats stated on the pattern , if yes is there a guide to follow ?

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Date: 6/28/13 2:06 PM

Yes, you can. I lot depends on how much you know about fabric, and how brave you are, lol. If you choose something that has similar properties, you will be fine. Or you could choose something to intentionally come out differently (softer or stiffer pleats for example).

You need to start with a good basic knowledge. The Colette Sewing Handbook has a really good chapter on different fabric properties. There are probably a few good article floating around on the internet as well.

The main properties I worry about are stretch (does it need it, will having it ruin the pattern?), weight, and drape. Yes, you can have heavy fabric w/ lots of drape, or thin/sheer that is incredibly stiff.

For patterns with "architecture" you need something stiff, but for many blouses (and circle skirts) using that same fabric would get you a wadder. There are some patterns that can be made to look different based on the fabric used (look for reviews of the Truffle dress for example), and yet look good either way.

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Subject: Fabric Date: 6/28/13 5:57 PM

The quick and easy answer is Yes. The more involved answer says Yes, But.
The But includes making sure you are substituting the same weight of fabric watching for drapy-ness etc. If you are substituting a knit for a woven it is less trickier than using a woven when the pattern calls for a knit.
Is there a specific pattern and fabric you were looking at?

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Date: 6/29/13 7:43 AM

Thanks DonnaH , My first pattern I made were pj bottoms , I used silk , I always wanted silk pj's . I did not read the fabric choices on the back of pattern until I tried them on & no fit , not even close , lol.
The pattern called for stretch material , my bad . Since then I looked everywhere & asked ladies at the fabric store & only got , I don't know or never tried it . I see a lot of patterns I like but vision then with different fabrics , I was hoping there was a guide I could follow .
I guess I will just have to practice with different fabrics , thank you for your info , it will be helpful . Wish me luck ,lol

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Date: 6/29/13 7:50 AM

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Thanks DonnaH , My first pattern I made were pj bottoms , I used silk , I always wanted silk pj's . I did not read the fabric choices on the back of pattern until I tried them on & no fit , not even close , lol.

The pattern called for stretch material , my bad . Since then I looked everywhere & asked ladies at the fabric store & only got , I don't know or never tried it . I see a lot of patterns I like but vision then with different fabrics , I was hoping there was a guide I could follow .

I guess I will just have to practice with different fabrics , thank you for your info , it will be helpful . Wish me luck ,lol

ok one of the exceptions would be Knit fabrics (they have stretch), can't have silk without any stretch substituted LOL oops as you already found out!!! Was it close enough that you can go up a few sizes if you have more of the silk?

I think Donna was summing up the various weights, say between a sheer Batiste and a heavier bottom weight, but the knit stretch is a no-go fabric change.

Yes, ALL the best luck and hey maybe Goodwill get's a new pair of silk PJ's that fits someone else?

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Date: 6/29/13 10:53 AM

Check your pattern fit first by making a quick muslin, any cheap fabric will do and should be similar in characteristics to your fashion fabric. A new sewer should not get discouraged by a costly mistake. I think you are going to have a good eye for beautiful fabrics, just practice on

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Subject: Topic merged Date: 6/29/13 2:54 PM

Topic merged from Fabric into Fabric Substitution

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Subject: Topic moved Date: 6/29/13 2:55 PM

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Date: 6/29/13 3:37 PM

Hiya , Thanks for the info , I'm open to all info I can get so I can make an Educated decision & hopefully with not a lot of cost , lol
My Niece would like me to make her McCalls 6460 , & with hes size being in a category of three different sizes in one , I figured we'd have better luck with material that has some give , also she would like it in a lace draped over the entire dress ,

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