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Date: 4/3/10 7:27 PM

I am trying to make a simple tunic with a crinkly/gauzy fabric. This is the first time I have ever worked with this type of fabric. I have only sewn two seams and all is going awry. It appears as though I am flattening out the crinkles and this is distorting the fabric and causing sections to become much larger than they were. I now have edges that I cannot align to sew.

Sigh.

I kinda just want to chuck it b/c I don't care much for the fabric anyway - just wanted to make a run through with this pattern and sew out some stash.

Thoughts? Suggestions? Hide it in the UFO box and deal with in a couple years?

Bigger sigh.

Patty

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Date: 4/3/10 7:33 PM

I had some problems recently with a recalcitrant fabric, and wonder tape was a big big help..... I taped the seams together because pinning wasn't working, and it turned out nicely
-- Edited on 4/3/10 7:34 PM --

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Date: 4/3/10 7:34 PM

Patty - I'll look forward to responses - I've been afraid to touch my gauzy-crinkly!

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Date: 4/3/10 7:37 PM

OK! Thanks to you both, I'm going to dig out that fabric.

I guess you don't iron? And don't use interfacing on the collar, etc?

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Date: 4/3/10 8:39 PM

I picked up some crinkly gauze the other weekend on sale, with intentions to make skirts ... open to any and all tips on the best way to work with it!

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Date: 4/3/10 9:52 PM

I am just about to start a shirt, from what I have read, they recommend that you iron all the wrinkles out before you layout the pattern and cut it.

Starching has also been recommended.

I'll let you know how it goes.

What fiber content are you working with?

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Date: 4/3/10 10:03 PM

I read somewhere - was it on the Sewing Divas? - that you can press the fabric first and cut out. I tried this on a crinkly silk/help fabric that I was using to make a skirt. I flattened it out a bit with an iron, so the fabric would be more or less as stretched out as it would be when worn. Then I cut out and sewed the fabric. When I wash this skirt it gets crinkled and very tiny, but when I put it on it stretches out to my size (in a good way) if that makes any sense. I'm not sure how this would work on your garment. It did make it a lot easier to cut out. Good luck! Ann Marie

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Date: 4/4/10 0:00 AM

I have some crinkly fabric but it is kind of stiff rather than like gauze that I've put off working with. I'm sure it is polyester and I doubt if it would iron out, so I'm going to follow this thread to see what everybody comes up with. I may get brave after I finish putting away all the stash contest stuff and see what I can do with it.

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Date: 4/4/10 7:19 AM

Hello All!
Thank you for the replies. I actually feel better hearing this input. My fabric is 100% cotton. I thought this would be a simple 'whip-it-together' project, don't need to worry about wrinkles. It never occurred to me that the crinkles would press out and change the fabric.

Anyway, I went to Sandra Betzina's 'More Fabric Savvy' and looked up crinkle fabric.
Yes - press out the pleats/crinkles as much as possible first. Use fusible tricot to interface. Push fabric into presser foot as sewing DO NOT PULL FABRIC FROM FRONT OR BACK. Use Stay-Tape on neck and shoulders. Another option for natural crinkles is to underline with silk organza cut to the exact pattern size. Betzina also recommends using a walking foot to sew and use dry iron to press as steam removes too many crinkles.

I haven't given up the project to the UFO bin (yet). I am tempted to force myself through to completion to offer some tips who have fabric waiting. I just bought (like as of my typing haven't even had it 24 hours) a Juki TL-98Q. So, this would be a great opportunity to put the walking foot into use.

Patty

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Date: 4/4/10 3:21 PM

I'm glad to read through this thread because I have some crinkly cotton gauze to sew. Thanks.

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