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Date: 8/24/13 0:53 AM

I love this new tunic from Butterick. I don't have much experience sewing with knits, but that's pretty much all I wear. I'm finally learning that I don't like any spandex or lycra in my tops (I took a look at stuff in my closet I never wear, and they all had that in common). This calls for "lightweight two-way stretch knits/jerseys and cotton knits," although the fabric on the model doesn't look that lightweight to me (I don't think it would fall in those nice heavy folds):





Does "two-way stretch knit" automatically mean lycra-stretchy? (Please say no...?)

And if not, has anyone seen any new fall knits that would work well/look awesome for this? (I also don't like 100% rayon jersey--it's not flattering on me--although I'm not opposed to a cotton/rayon blend.)

Enable me, PR temptresses (and tempters)!
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Date: 8/24/13 2:41 AM

I somehow missed that one looking at the patterns. I really like it too.

How about something very similar to the pattern envelope? I just saw this tonight and immediately thought of it when I saw the pattern.


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It say's it's mid weight but I think it would do alright. The only problem area might be the turtleneck/collar.

Debbie
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Date: 8/24/13 6:14 PM

To me it looks like the fabric on the model is something like a cotton interlock. But one thing about that fabric is that there's not much stretch or recovery--thus it can easily get stretched out of shape and then won't recover the way a lycra-blend knit will. A serger is probably a must on that kind of knit.

And I love that pattern too!
-- Edited on 8/24/13 6:15 PM --

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Date: 8/25/13 1:36 AM

Sophia double knit is a medium weight fabric that drapes well and would work up great for this pattern. It is available from voguefabricsstore.com and fabric.com as well.
I took a knit class at sew expo in March and this was a favorite knit that used for a variety of tops, skirts and pants.
I love working with it and it is such an easy care fabric.

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