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waikikimum
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Date: 5/2/08 6:33 AM

Does anyone know if it is appropriate to use a knit fabric for a pattern designed for a woven fabric? I have simpllicity pattern 4277 for a top for us larger ladies. If using a knit do I need to alter the pattern size or make any allowances.I have made it in a Sheer fabric and it is lovely but I do like the comfort of a knit. Any advice would be appreciated. WM

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Date: 5/2/08 8:55 AM

You can usually adapt a woven pattern to suit a knit fabric easily (but not the other way around).

Typically, you'll need to size down one or two sizes to get a good fit. How much depends on how much stretch your fabric has, how much ease you like, the style of the dress, etc. (Personally, I like zero to negative ease in my knits.)

This pattern has a zipper, which you should omit if at all possible. Sewing zippers on knits is NOT any fun (and often not very successful). If your fabric has enough stretch to get this on over your head, deep six the zipper.

HTH!
Eve

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Date: 5/2/08 9:42 AM

Hi Eve
Thanks for your help. Was thinking I needed to downsize but didn't know by how much. I will omit the zipper as it has a wide enough neckline to slip over my head.
WM

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Date: 11/16/11 2:05 PM

How do you know how much ease is in woven pattern you've never made before? And how does that translate to sizes to cut if making it in a knit?

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Date: 11/16/11 2:40 PM

You can figure out the ease in a woven pattern by figuring out the difference between the measurements listed on the back of the pattern vs the actual size of the pattern pieces.
Example: Back of pattern says size 18 is for a 40 bust. If you measure the back and front pattern pieces they will measure more than 40 inches. This difference is the ease.

A good way to tell how much ease you want in a knit fabric is to wrap it around you, then measure it and use that measurement to pick out the pattern size. This has worked well for me. Before I learned this method it was always a guessing game as to how the knit would fit after I made it.

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Date: 11/17/11 3:50 PM

That's such a good idea!

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