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omlair
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Date: 8/14/13 10:42 PM

I bought a buttload of some sort of stretch fabric. It's a lot thicker than say, t-shirt jersey, but has a good amount of stretch. I bought it ages ago, and have no idea what it is. I'm an uber beginner and probably didn't know what it was when I bought it!

I've made a terrible version of McCalls 6069 - the main problem being it doesn't drape into a lovely cowl but kind of sticks out. Plus mine came out too small so I can't tell how the dress is supposed to look, but that's beside the point.

I realise this post is probably extremely unhelpful without pictures, but does anyone have pattern suggestions for suitable garments that would work with a thicker stretch fabric?

Tanya


(btw I'm new, this is my first post :D)

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Date: 8/14/13 11:54 PM

Welcome!

Maybe try a hoodie by Jalie?

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Date: 8/15/13 0:08 AM

Since it's a thicker knit, try patterns that call for double knits like ponte. It may be good for activewear such as yoga pants if it has 4-way stretch. Go to www.silhouettepatterns.com and check out Peggy Sagers line of patterns for knits. I'm sure you'll find a pattern there that you can use. Be sure to watch her free webcasts to help you when sewing with knits. She has webcasts on all kinds of topics so it's a great way to learn about sewing in general.

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Date: 8/15/13 6:25 AM

Sounds good for a winter yoga pull-on skirt, short or long.
Fabric.com has a free printable A-line one under the "Nancy Dress."
It pulls up for a strapless dress in a lighter summer weight, but
also good in a heavier knit as a skirt.

A fun way to add subtle modern trim to a solid skirt is sew triple-stitch horizontal and vertical lines--2 or more, like a cross) up about 1/4 way from the hem and off-center. Then add several little square patches of coordinating prints, suede, metallics, buttons in the cross-lines. (Think of the artist Mondrian.)

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Date: 8/15/13 8:42 AM

I got some heavy, stretchy knit from fabric mart once and made pajamas that I love and wear all the time. I used one-seam pants and a very simple top, and they're the most comfortable pj-s ever, especially when in the cooler times of the year.

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Date: 8/15/13 4:19 PM

Nice suggestions so far. Pants, dresses, skirts, or even tops that don't require drape as a design feature.

If your fabric has good "crisp" recovery, you could use a pattern designed for wovens. You would be able to leave off the closure (zipper or buttons).

Some pattern thoughts:
Butterick 5559 close fitting dress with tucks

Butterick 5554

loungewear

New Look 6230 knit wardrobe

Simplicity 1593 knit wardrobe - with the thicker knit, the little cardigan jacket might be perfect for Autumn.

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Date: 8/15/13 5:14 PM

A jacket (hoody or even more of an office casual style) would be a good choice. Like this retro simplicity or even S1665 (double knits are one of the recommended fabrics - not sure if that's what you have, but your behaves similarly).

Or yoga pants/leggings like the ones in NL 6110. Most people (including me) have only made/reviewed the top, but there is one review for the pants. She rated it highly recommended and said the instructions were very good, so they might be a good first pants pattern.

The pants were actually my first thought.

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Date: 8/18/13 9:47 PM

thanks all. very very helpful, and lots of patterns have now sneakily made their way into my wishlist!

I love the idea of a knit jacket. I will peruse the given links and ivnestigate further :)

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