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Message Board > Plus Size Sewing > Slinky sewing for the weekend ( Moderated by JEF)

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Slinky sewing for the weekend
Great fabric, but sheesh, I am over it.
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Date: 10/13/13 0:11 AM

This top is pretty much a TNT, and a comfortable option for work. I will have to switch to cotton blouses soon though, as it will be getting hot in the next few weeks. Oh well.

We have Simplicity 2336 (ditched the facing, bound neckline, 1 inch added to side seams around tummy), in a slinky knit I found online.



I made this a while back in Crafty Mama's fabric, and have been meaning to get back to it for ages.

Ottobre 02/2010 (my go to for plus sized ottobre designs), #11 Journal (ditched the faced/hemmed neckline, simple binding, and I will be darned if I will use lastin to do gathering), made with a crepe like jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics.


This skirt is embarrassingly easy to make, although I used a KwikSew technique for the elastic in the waist edge of the yoke. This is the one I nearly made in chevron fabric, before I woke up to myself.

StyleArc Gorgeous Gore skirt (love SA patterns), in a heavy navy jersey. No alterations, as it fit straight out of the packet.



There is a cotton lawn blouse to come, that will match this skirt, but I am clothing'ed out today .... gonna take a break.

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Date: 10/13/13 10:21 AM

Are you telling us that you made that all 3 of those today?
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If you get tired of wearing that dress, you can shorten it and wear it with the skirt. They look like a good match.

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Date: 10/13/13 4:56 PM

Lol Anne, not quite one day.

All three were cut out last weekend in a marathon cutting session. I did the seams on the skirt during the week, just waiting for me to thread up the coverstitch with navy to hem on the weekend. I started the black and white top on Saturday, finishing Sunday morning. Then I made the purple top. Having them cut out in advance makes a difference, along with them being easy styles I have made before.

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Date: 10/13/13 5:49 PM

That's still really good. You should do one of those wardrobe contests!

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Date: 10/13/13 7:10 PM

I like those. Never tried sewing anything with slinky fabric, myself. Is there anything special you have to do when you are working with it?

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Date: 10/13/13 10:51 PM

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Is there anything special you have to do when you are working with it?

I don't know about others, but I don't do a great deal different. Slinky is a jersey fabric, so stretch stitch or a narrow zigzag is usually recommended, but I am a bit of a rebel. The black and white top was almost all done on the overlocker. The neckline band was stitched on with the regular machine (straight stitch), and then the hems and neckline were topstitched with the coversitch. The paisley tunic was combination of regular machine/overlocker and hems/topstitching done on the coverstitch.

I think the key with slinkys, is a stretch needle, and being careful about lining up your seams well. Take your time on curves, and stop to check more often than you would for woven fabric. Also, be vary careful to not stretch the fabric as you sew, keeping the fabric flat. A walking foot may help this process a bit.

I hope that helps.

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Date: 10/14/13 7:01 AM

I sew everything, including slinky knit on a straight stitch with a walking foot. Just have to make sure none of the stitching skips.

Then I overlock to make it look nice and catch anything that might have a skipped stitch but for years I just french seamed them. It takes some practice.

I am finishing up a rayon knit dress on a treadle. Eventually, I'lloverlock the seams.

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Date: 10/14/13 8:44 AM

Love your fabrics. I would wear that first top constantly. I also can understand that you need a rest

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Date: 10/14/13 12:16 PM

Great sewing...thanks for sharing your hints. I'm trying to talk myself into being bold enough to make a top from a slinky knit.

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Date: 10/18/13 7:12 AM

Nice! I would love to sew some slinky knits, a lot of my favourite RTW tops are slinky, but I'm a bit afraid. You've inspired me though!

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