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Date: 12/6/13 0:04 AM

Hi,

I am looking for a cute pattern for a dress that uses knit fabric and only takes about 1 meter/yd in 60" fabric. I would be making up a 12/14 so there ought to exist patterns like this, but so far I've only found view C of M6559. Would like to see if there is something I prefer out there, as this one would work but it's far from ideal. Thanks!

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Date: 12/6/13 0:34 AM

Are there particular features you have in mind? The McCall's tank dress design is the first thing that comes to mind for me when I try to think of fabric-conserving dresses. It's not difficult to cut a dress out of 1yd of 60"-wide fabric, but there are some limitations to keep in mind, such as you're not going to be able to fit long-sleeves in, and probably not going to fit any skirts more flared than A-line. Does your fabric have nap? If you need to cut all pieces with the same orientation, you'll have to go with a more simple design because you won't have as much opportunity to "jigsaw" pieces in so there will be more overhead.

There's a chance you could squeeze out this dress:

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This is a variation on the t-shirt dress so it should work.

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The suggested yardage says 2 yards but since it covers up to Size 30 I have a feeling it's using a layout where you fold the fabric in the middle and place the front and back sequentially on the center fold. At Size 12/14 the fabric should be wide enough for you to cut front and back side by side so the length of fabric you need is the length of the dress you want.

You might be able to fit in a cowl like in this pattern:

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Or this:

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-- Edited on 12/6/13 0:35 AM --

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Date: 12/6/13 4:21 AM

Have you looked at style arc patterns. Check out their website. Or if you have a knit top pattern that you love you could extend and widen at hips for a great dress pattern.
Style Arc have heaps of knit patterns

Would it be possible to combine two fabrics so that you can make any style,using your existing fabric and a complimentary fabric..
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Date: 12/6/13 5:53 PM

Vogue 1250 say 1 1/4 yards but I bet you could squeak it out in a yard depending on length.

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Date: 1/7/14 0:52 AM

Thanks for the replies and suggestions! It's a print with nap, and I don't want a cowl. Just a simple pattern that would turn out cute in the She-Ra print fabric. The first two suggestions are added to my list of considerations.

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Date: 1/7/14 10:51 AM

Do you have a t-shirt or knit top pattern that you like? It would be easy to just add length to that and make a dress, if you do.

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Date: 1/7/14 1:56 PM

Here's a simple downloadable design for knits. The designer says she drafts for an H&M kind of fit, which might help you determine the best size to use: Angelina

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Date: 1/7/14 3:00 PM

Quote: cnp71203
Thanks for the replies and suggestions! It's a print with nap, and I don't want a cowl. Just a simple pattern that would turn out cute in the She-Ra print fabric. The first two suggestions are added to my list of considerations.

OMG...She-Ra is my childhood [super]hero. I even made a corset/skirt/cape/arm bracers and was her for Halloween about 2 years ago! Where did you find the fabric? And can we see it? :D

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Date: 1/7/14 3:56 PM

Here's another suggestion. I've made this Vogue dress a few times out of about 1 yard of fabric. It's very cute and comfortable and super easy to make.

Vogue 8724

I'm short so that I was able to make the dress with 1 yard because I do petite adjustments thus reducing garment length. I noticed that your are also short per your bio. So even though the pattern says it uses 1 3/8, a yard should work for you.

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Date: 1/7/14 4:15 PM

Just curious as to what types of lining you would recommend for a fitted knit sheath similar to some of the patterns posted above.

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