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Date: 12/28/13 9:55 PM

Please help me with pattern suggestions and sewing tips for the fabric pictured here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaquilting/sets/72157639135464925/

Do you recognize this fabric? What content is it? What type of pattern would work well with it?

I bought this "Designer Fabric" on special at Fields Fabrics in Grand Rapids, MI. I liked the idea of a jacket of this fabric, but I have not used this type of fabric before, don't know for sure what the fiber content is; I did a burn test, shown in the pictures, and there are notes about the test with the pictures. It seems to be likely acrylic or nylon based on descriptions for burn tests of fabrics in a Sandra Betzina book. I will have to test more samples of other fabrics of known content to have a better idea what the test means.

The pictures shows front and back sides of the fabric and the drape of it, as well as one which shows light coming through from the back to show the openness of the weave.

The fabric has a kind of fluffy bulky feel but is not heavy in weight. I dipped a small square of it in water and rolled in towel to dry it and it seemed barely damp, so it isn't very absorbent.

I am wondering what type of pattern to use, and whether to interface the whole of the fabric or only facings, collar, etc. and whether to line or not. Any other sewing tips would be appreciated, or suggestions of things to test before sewing.

Louise, Michigan

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Date: 12/28/13 11:08 PM

I tryed to post the picture here it didn't come up.
I did take a look at it. it would look
Nice as a blazer jacket. Yes line it. This fabric ravels
Easily.
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Date: 12/28/13 11:42 PM

I've had fabric similar to this before. I think it is an acrylic, with poly or something more stable as the black threads. I remember it as being tricky to sew as it distorted very easily (and frayed).

Does your version have any stretch? If so then I think it would make a great drapy cardigan.

If not then I'd recommend a jacket with some flow like Simplicity 2208 view A or B rather than something structured.

I strongly recommend stabilizing the fabric - at a minimum stay stitch every single edge as soon as you unpin it from the pattern piece.

If you really want a structured jacket then you will need fuse every piece onto interfacing. You can fuse the whole length of fabric before you cut. Be careful to keep the grain straight as you fuse.

Have fun - its a lovely looking fabric.

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Date: 12/29/13 1:17 AM

Thanks for the suggestions. It has some stretch, but not one that pulls down on its own weight.

I think I prefer not to use the back side where it shows, so that limits my choices somewhat.

Lousie

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Subject: Topic moved Date: 12/29/13 11:17 AM

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Date: 12/29/13 7:43 PM

I have the same fabric! I was contemplating a draped cardigan, possibly using the back of the fabric as a contrast, in a style similar to the Style Arc Harper jacket. Maybe just serging the edges and not facing the jacket so the reverse shows in the drape. Mine is a solid purple with black backing. It's really cool! I got mine at Fabricland in Toronto, it was $7 a metre marked down from over $20


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Date: 12/30/13 2:42 AM

I completely understand not wanting the wrong side to show. Its fine for fabrics with a good looking back but this one doesn't really suit.

If you fuse the fabric then just about any jacket style would work.

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