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Date: 6/27/14 8:23 AM

I have just started learning how to sew stretch knits, and wondering if I can take a previous garment pattern for wovens and use it for knits, if it doesn't have a lot of seams, darts, etc. If so, would I eliminate bust darts, and some of the ease? How much ease to eliminate, and would I do it all over the garment or just certain areas? Hoping to get some time soon to take some pattern fitting classes, etc. If this topic has been covered somewhere else already, just point me in the right direction

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Date: 6/27/14 8:34 AM

It depends a lot on the knit that you use. If it has a lot of stretch versus not so much. Even then you don't necessarily have to change much--for example, I made a dress out of a moderate, horizontal stretch jersey from a pattern meant for wovens. It had princess seams in the front and back and shaping darts on the elbows of the kimono sleeves. I lined the top with a stretch woven fabric. Since the fabric was a relatively stable knit that didn't stretch a TON, I didn't even change any of the pattern. So....unfortunately what I'm saying is that it just depends on the pattern and on the top!

Although I will say that shaping (darts, etc) does look very nice on knits too.So you don't necessarily have to get rid of those.

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Date: 6/28/14 7:53 AM

Thank you so much for the info and will give it a try!

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Date: 6/28/14 8:27 AM

I've used old Stretch and Sew pattern guidelines. Some of their patterns suggested going up one size if you were using a woven instead of a 25% stretch knit. I figure the reverse would be true, too.

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In reply to Karla Kizer

Date: 6/28/14 11:37 AM

Makes sense to me--thanks so much!

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In reply to cgmemphis

Date: 6/28/14 11:51 AM

I have used the same method as Karla has suggested with successful results.

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