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Message Board > Plus Size Sewing > Is there any way to make a knit dress that flatters? ( Moderated by JEF)

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Is there any way to make a knit dress that flatters?
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Date: 11/7/08 3:20 AM

I'd like to make the (knit) dress in the current Burda WOF (11/08). What kind of fabric would best skim over my lumps and bumps? I'm not one for stuffy control garments - they are so uncomfortable and just create bumps in other places.

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Date: 11/7/08 6:02 AM

Wow - great dress! I may need to go get this issue....I think a double knit would work really well.

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Date: 11/7/08 7:21 AM

Yes, I agree. A stable somewhat thicker knit like a double knit will work best here. Think Jill St. John weight. Wonderful dress. It will be somewhat fitted with the princess lines.

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Date: 11/7/08 7:52 AM

Would a Sophia solid knit work? I've always thought that it might be too heavy and not have enough drape for a knit dress.

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Date: 11/7/08 8:00 AM

I agree about the double knit, but a pair of spanx isn't a bad purchase for knits. They are comfortable to wear and really smooth out all those lumps and bumps!

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Date: 11/7/08 8:03 AM

What a great style!

You could also do a stretch velour & make a holiday version. I think the key is quality fabric with some substance, shaped but not too tight.

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Date: 11/7/08 8:40 AM

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I agree about the double knit, but a pair of spanx isn't a bad purchase for knits. They are comfortable to wear and really smooth out all those lumps and bumps!

I agree! I never wear a knit dress without thoroughly disguising my "hail damage" with a pair of spanx!

Doubleknit, jersey, anything is always going to look better with a smooth foundation underneath. And I love the ease of a knit dress; I sew with knits even more than I do wovens.

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Date: 11/7/08 9:11 AM

If the dress fits correctly, a slip made of taffeta helps the dress slide over the body like dresses used to when we all were 18 and firm!

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Date: 11/7/08 9:41 AM

A busy print also helps disguise those lumps and bumps.

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Date: 11/7/08 10:10 AM

I had the same thoughts about this dress! It's too bad that Burda doesn't give more guidance about knits, like how much they expect it to stretch. I'd go for a fairly firm knit, and make sure it has an inch or two of ease over the trouble spots. I may try a cotton interlock for the tunic version (shortened even more), but I wouldn't use it for a dress - it clings too much! I have a wool doubleknit that would be perfect, except I'd probably spend all day scratching which isn't the most glamorous look. I was also looking at how to raise the neckline - the pattern pieces are strange enough that it's not that obvious what to do.

By the way, we're on the Plus Size boards here, so spanx, etc. really aren't an option. We have lumps in places that spanx will never cover! :eek:

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