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Tonya Richard

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Date: 8/1/07 8:27 PM

Hi,

I am going to try and sew Simplicity 3887 with a gauze fabric. Up until now I have only sewn cotton woven fabrics and a few knits. I think I have it on the straight of grain, but I did not iron it because I don't want to mess with the spongy stretch of it. I am afraid to even cut into it because it is so different than what I am used to. Are there any tips out there that I need to be aware of before cutting and sewing this material? Do I treat it like a knit or a woven? It is fairly cheap material from Hancocks, so it won't be a tragedy if I mess it up. The only reason I am using this is because it calls for it in the top I want to make, I would also like to be able to use gauze material for children's clothing.

Any help would be greatly appreciated : )

Tonya

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Date: 8/1/07 9:13 PM

Tonya,
Gauze grows. And grows. And grows. There was a review a while ago (but I can't remember whose it was) about The Amazing Growing Dress. It grew into a tent. I haven't sewn a shirt w/ it but I did do a gored skirt. I eyeballed the grain on mine, too. I think I lightly steamed the fabric to make it lay a little flatter, but never touched it w/ the iron. I used Wonder Tape to make the seams behave before stitching and that worked pretty well. I would imagine stabilizing the shoulders would be a must on a shirt. I think I would treat it like a knit where stretch issues are a concern, but sew like a woven otherwise.

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Date: 8/1/07 9:39 PM

Ha! That amazing growing dress was mine! And it did grow, and grow, and grow...

I didn't get too many suggestions on how to prevent that in the future, but I would for sure stabilize the shoulders and neckline.

I'll be checking back to see if others share their tips for sewing with gauze.

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Date: 8/1/07 9:54 PM

Oh, thank you Sharon, for stepping out from behind your...ummm....dress! I couldn't for the life of me remember who it was that posted the review. I felt so bad for you yet so amused by your good nature at the same time! I actually have a piece of 25"W gauze that I was wondering how I would use. Well, DUH, after reading your review I'm just going to work WITH the growth and hopefully use it to my advantage! :)

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Date: 8/1/07 10:54 PM

I made that same top in gauze and I didn't have any problems. I did press it, I just set the iron on the wool setting.

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Date: 8/2/07 0:48 AM

I like gauze, especially the kind with the lengthwise crinkle. I wish it was still possible to get printed gauze out here. That stuff was PERFECT for casual summer dresses - like you wear when it's really hot out, or when you're going to the beach or the pool. Or casual shirts.
I treat it a little like a knit that has crosswise stretch, in that I avoid stretching it when laying out / cutting pattern pieces. You don't want to have a skimpy piece with a distorted shape.

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Date: 4/16/12 9:17 AM

I am thinking of making cullotes out of some gauze material I have, should I be concerned about this gauze growing problem?

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Date: 4/16/12 11:10 AM

I would pick a different fabric for culottes. That style needs a bit of structure for the legs to hang correctly. How about a cotton linen blend?

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Date: 4/16/12 11:16 AM

okay, thanks.. I was not sure. I am trying to find material that will work because what is listed on the envelope is not in the colors I want.
Do you or anyone out there know a place that lists of material that could be used in place of something else. I guess a 'swap' list. This material will work in place of this type of material.

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Date: 8/3/12 2:14 PM

I have been working on an infant's dress in gauze material, but kept having problems of stretching at the waist line when attaching the skirt to the bodice. This morning, I think I had a breakthrough on it. First, I dampened the bottom of the bodice and the top of the skirt with plain water, put them into a mesh laundry bag, and threw it into the dryer in an attempt to bring the wrinkles back into the fabric. I had planned on attempted to sew the seam again with the fabric sandwiched between tissue paper, but as I sat down to cut the strips of paper, my eyes fell on my serger...which has a setting for compressing fabric. So, when the two halves of my dress came out of the dryer, I ran the bottom edge of the bodice through my serger set on the second highest compression stitch. Then, just for good measure, I stuck some of that plastic-like tear away surgical tape along the seam line on the outside of the bodice, since that will be directly against the bottom feed dogs of my machine. The top of the skirt is gathered anyway, so I'm not too worried about any stretching there. So far, the waist on the bodice hasn't stretched out again.

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