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Date: 2/7/10 5:55 PM

Hi, I'm just starting to work on #1152, a new pattern which no one's reviewed yet. Since I'm pretty new at sewing with knits, and don't want to mess this dress up, I'm hoping someone here can clarify a few things for me... Thanks in advance! This dress is meant for charmeuse, crepe or matte jersey. I'm using a 70% bamboo 30% cotton lightweight jersey. Ok, number one: do I really need to use interfacing on this? The directions say to interface the front neck facing, sleeve cuffs and the little front bands. I thought I would eliminate the facing anyway, since I'm using a knit. Which brings me to question#2: how do you finish a v-neckline on a knit? Just fold in and hem, or do you use a band of self fabric? Thirdly: there's contrast piping on the 2 front bands and I wanted to use a cotton lawn, cut on the bias as the piping. Would that work, considering that everything else is a knit? Thanks a bunch everyone.

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Date: 2/7/10 11:38 PM

I've sewn with bamboo knit and it was unbelievably stretchy and not well behaved at all. If yours is really stretchy, I would caution against it for this dress and advise following the fabric recommendations until you have more experience.

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Date: 2/8/10 8:15 PM

Uhoh, its already cut out...but it doesn't seem that different from regular cotton jersey.

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Date: 2/11/10 8:20 PM

I will be looking forward to your review! I LOVE this dress!

Nora :)

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Date: 2/11/10 9:41 PM

I just made this pattern, but shortened it to blouse length.

Here is an album of the finished project.

I found this pattern to be challenging; the combination of lots of gathering, piping, plus a slippery fabric gave me a good tussle. I don't mean to discourage you, but I want to be honest so that you can get the best result possible.

I would absolutely interface where the pattern recommends: cuffs, neck facing, front bands. You don't want these areas to stretch, which will be especially important with a knit. I don't care much for facings but find the neck facing to be rather important for the finished look of the dress.

The most challenging part is the center front panel with piping. I spent a good amount of time on this, and it still is a bit wavy (I attribute this to the slippery fabric I used, silk crepe, and never having used piping before; in other words: operator error).

I made a straight size 8 (my usual pattern size) with no alterations. I found it to fit great (usually I need a full bust alteration), if a little low cut in the front.

Good luck, it is a very cool dress!
-- Edited on 2/11/10 9:44 PM --

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Date: 2/11/10 10:12 PM

I was planning to make this into a top as well. Thanks for mentioning that this is a challenging pattern - I wondered about the fussy bits in the middle. Yours looks great!

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Date: 2/11/10 10:35 PM

Wow, I love this as a top! I have the pattern and was thinking of making the dress version when the weather warms up, but I'll consider doing it as a top, too.

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Date: 2/11/10 10:39 PM

Thank you so much!

I think the piping part could be skipped - just apply the front bands without it - that would be easier.

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Date: 2/13/10 9:50 PM

VeryPrairie, its great to see your review- looks good! I was thinking it would make a nice shirt too. I spent most of today working on the front piping, gathering, etc. It did take a long time, but my fabric is actually not hard to work with so it wasn't hard, just slow. My first time piping too. I used a printed cotton lawn for contrast. The front does look like it'll be kinda low, but I always wear stretch camis as underwear, so that'll work out fine. I ended up interfacing all the pieces the pattern told me to..with one change. My knit fabric is lightweight, so instead of the neck facing, I cut 2 more bodice pieces and cut 2 pieces of interfacing from the facing pattern pieces and attached them to the 2nd two bodice lining pieces. (Did that make sense at all?) Anyhoo, so far so good. Tomorrow I'll be starting on the back, and maybe get to try the dress on!!! Excitement!

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Date: 2/13/10 10:53 PM

Ok thanks for the info. I was wondering about the piping:-)

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