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Date: 8/16/08 6:02 PM

I'm sorry I don't know how to insert a photo - I am wondering if on McCall's #6756 that calls for stretch knits, if I could substitute a peachskin type of fabric. I would like to make the long sleeve version to the floor with a slight flair and sweep train at the bottom. The pattern has a back zip and says that it is close fitting - fabric suggestions are cotton knit, matte jersey, stretch velvet, double knit, stretch lace. Also I wonder if I could line the complete dress although this pattern does not show lining. I really like this pattern and do not want to run the risk of ruining my peachskin-like fabric. I suppose I could make a muslin but I have not purchased the pattern yet and am just wondering from some of the experts on this forum if they would think it is worth a purchase just to try a dummy feeling reasonably sure that my fabric could work. Thanks for any advice.
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Date: 8/16/08 6:14 PM

I can't find a 6756 on McCall's website. Is it out of print? It's hard to give a guess w/o seeing the pattern... in general it's not recommended but (a) in other cases it's quite doable and (b) hey, doing the impossible/non-recommended is fun. :)

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Date: 8/16/08 8:05 PM

Here is the link to this pattern: http://pk.b5z.net/i/u/6040209/i/m6756.jpg
I hope it comes up at that link.
Thanks for taking a look.

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Date: 8/16/08 8:16 PM

I would strongly recommend against it. Stretch patterns are designed to be quite close fitting. Most often, darts and other contouring methods are omitted, on the assumption that the stretchy knit will compensate and go around the body's curves. For these reasons, sewing the pattern up in a nonstretch fabric is likely to be a frustrating waste of a lot of time and effort, to say nothing of money.

If you are determined to give it a go, save your pretty fabric and make a trial garment in a non-stretch fabric of similar weight. It would be instructive.

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Date: 8/16/08 8:17 PM

You would definitely want to make a muslin. Peachskin, at least the type I am familiar with, has really no give at all. I don't think those sleeves would be comfortable in peachskin.

This shirt here I made in poly peachskin. The sleeves look looser than your selected pattern. However, these are about as tight as you can go in a peachskin for sleeves.

In a sleeves option, you might be OK if you insert a zipper in the dress (presuming it doesn't have one anyway). It still might be a bit tight for movement, though.

So, in my intermediate opinion I would say your fabric is not a good choice for this style. (I specify intermediate because I am by no means an expert. But I do have some experience related to your question.)

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Date: 8/16/08 8:23 PM

Thanks so very much for both on the advice - well worth the post. Could you possibly take a look at another post of mine on Evening/Bridal please? Desperately in search of a pattern. Thanks

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Date: 8/17/08 8:10 PM

I would strongly suspect that a pattern designed for stretch knits that is described as "close fitting" has been designed with "negative ease". That is, that the pattern is actually slightly smaller than the body its meant to go around.

A muslin would be absolutely required and I would strongly suspect that the fit would be corset-like at best. Even the closest-fitting woven fabric designs have a half inch or so of "breathing ease".

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