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Date: 3/14/14 10:12 PM

I want to make my mother-of-the-bride dress. I got beautiful non-stretch lace and a high quality knit. Is there anything wrong with using the non-stretch lace over the knit? I planned to construct the dress with them united as pieces rather than making a lace dress and a knit under-dress or lining.
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Date: 3/14/14 11:10 PM

I wouldn't because you're taking the chance when you sit the lace could tear.......the knit would stretch but the lace wouldn't....too much stress on the lace. You'd be better off making the lace dress with a separate knit underlining/lining, or purchasing a stretch lace. What pattern are you using? Do you have a picture you could show us? It would lead to better advice.
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Date: 3/15/14 3:06 AM

All I know is when you make underwear using a knit fabric you have to place non-stretch lace on the bias to get some stretch. It worked with the panties (and that's some stretching) but I've never tried it with anything else.

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Date: 3/15/14 8:48 AM

One more vote here for not taking the chance, especially on a MOB dress. Unless the lave is gathered, the under layer fabric needs to be very stable (think taffeta) so all of the stress is on the under layer.

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Date: 3/15/14 9:26 AM

I tried it for a formal dress and my lace ripped. I would make the lace over dress to fit properly, then have the underlining(if you are committed to a knit) as a separate dress.
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Date: 3/15/14 2:22 PM

My first thought is this: If you make the lace dress loose enough to keep the lace in good shape, the knit backing will probably sag between the seams.

But a lot depends on what sort of pattern you are using, how stable the lace is and how stable the knit is...

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