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Elaine Dougan
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Date: 4/17/10 6:36 PM

I just struggled through making Jalie 2921; Women's Scarf-Collar Top. I was determined to make it, even though I was not completely happy with the instructions. I am not plus size on the top, but I sure am when it comes to below the waist and the upper arms. I used a clingy two-way stretch fabric. It just looks horrible. It sags down from my hollow chest and clings to my ample abdomen and hips. It is heading to the recycling bag. What kinds of fabric do you find are flattering to bigger bodies and what kinds do you avoid?

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Date: 4/17/10 7:53 PM

I avoid clingy fabrics for me. They are great for my DD and DGD, but not me.

Contrary to the opinions of a lot of people, I like to use a mid-weight cotton interlock. I have some Siltex bare-knits cotton interlock that I got from the Fabric N Notions coop.

I also just recently made a shirt out of a mid-weight cotton/?? jersey that I loved the weight of. Again, it was not clingy.

I am all set to try to make a shirt out of a double-knit that I have to see how it works. It is a Sophia double-knit, so it is a good quality knit and not a cheap one.

Patti

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Date: 4/17/10 9:10 PM

Now both of you have me wondering about the stretch rayon knit I got to make a tee type blouse to go with the jumper for Kwik Sew 2836 View B with short sleeve tee. I also got another cut of the same fabric for Burda 8244 View B.

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Date: 4/17/10 10:45 PM

I like rayon challis a lot. It's probably my favorite fabric to sew and wear. I have a weakness for pastel seersuckers and linen. Midweight cotton interlock I like too.

I love looking at silk dupioni swatches but I think it would look just awful on me, tho I understand the character of it changes if you wash it really well. Cellulite and solid color charmeuse: No. I can't imagine wearing it in public. For nighties, maybe. Old-style polyester double knit... wouldn't be caught dead in that.

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Date: 4/18/10 8:18 AM

I hate knits. The only thing that ever stops them from outlining all the bulges is to make them so baggy that I look like I'm wearing a tent -- and then, having lost he support provided by contact with my body, gravity takes over so that they sag out of shape.

Some drapey wovens are nearly as bad.

I find it easiest to look my best in crisp, woven fabrics in natural fibers. Especially when made up in a fairly structured style with a "semi-fitted" level of design ease.

IMO, chambray and broadcloth RULE. Especially in 100% cotton or, in the rare case of my being able to afford it, a cotton-linen blend.

I've done some really nice things in gauze and corduroy too.
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Date: 4/18/10 3:49 PM

I have made a pact with myself to buy only natural fibers, because I recently fought through two projects with very slippery, ravel-y poly fabrics. Once I get successful with cooperative fabrics, then I might reconsider. But there is no point in setting myself up for tears from the get-go. Since joining this site, I've learned a lot about different weights and weaves of cotton (I always loved cotton lawn, now I know what its called!). And I've also been introduced to online fabic sites which means no waiting for Joann's to carry it!

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Date: 4/18/10 5:03 PM

I like rayon challis as well and mid-weight cotton knit. This stretch rayon poly spandex may be too clingy on the love handles. It'll be covered with the jumper so I'll give it a try and see how it works. But it is a lightweight knit that feels a bit skimpy. I haven't decided if the slightly sheen part is the right side or the more matte side is the right side.

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Date: 4/18/10 7:28 PM

I made the Jalie scarf-collar top twice. The first time I used a 90%cotton/10%lycra blend from fabricmart. It was heavy enough to not sag and to skim over the body BUT it was way too heavy for this pattern. This pattern needs a drapey, thin knit for the scarf collar to hang well. In my heavy (red) cotton/lycra knit it looked like enormous tongues hanging down. Maybe you could make a version of this top that you would enjoy wearing with a combination of a heavier fabric for the body and a lighter fabric for the ties?

The second time I made the top I used a light rayon lycra knit also from fabricmart. This version draped properly and the ties looked nice.

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Date: 4/18/10 8:59 PM

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Maybe you could make a version of this top that you would enjoy wearing with a combination of a heavier fabric for the body and a lighter fabric for the ties?

Thanks for the suggestion, but I sold the pattern. I just gave up and realized that it did not suit me. I am VERY conservative in my clothes. I really don't feel comfortable with much of my chest showing. I think a lot of these popular patterns are more suitable for younger people. At seventy-three, I am really beginning to feel a little bit out of the fashion scene. I often wish that I could wear bare arms, but too self conscious about the extra "muscle"!!!!

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Date: 4/19/10 10:59 PM

I am with Patti, I like mid-weight cotton interlock. I do not like things that cling to every bump and roll on my body.
Love really good cotton woven fabric for blouses and shirts.
Like Teadye, I hate polyester double knit.
We all seem to like the same types of fabric.

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