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Date: 10/25/10 10:42 AM

Hi,
I'm planning a knockoff of a lovely RTW designer dress and I have a question about fabric choices.

Like a good little industrial spy, I went to try on the original. It has a black sweater knit top with wool woven grey prince of wales check skirt cut on the bias. It has a side zipper going through the sweater knit and the wool woven skirt portion.

I've already decided not to use sweater knit for the top, partly because I think it looks a bit cheesy for such an expensive dress and partly because I don't think I can handle the fabric combination. I want to use a limited stretch Ponte knit instead. My pattern that I'm using for the knockoff (Simplicity 2473 for the bodice, frankenpatterned with Simplicity 9825 A-line cut on the bias) has a center back zipper.

My question is this: can I leave the center back zipper and have it go through the wool woven skirt and the fairly stable Ponte bodice without too much grief, or would I be better off:

a) choosing a wool woven for the bodice?
b) moving the zipper to the side?

Also, can you line Ponte knit?

Many thanks to those with more experience than me for any advice you can give!

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Date: 10/25/10 10:46 AM

If you stablize the knit with some iron-on interfacing, it should be no trouble at all to use it and put in the zipper the way you want. If you line the Ponte, I suggest either using some type of stretch fabric, maybe a tricot, or put a woven lining on the bias to give it the same stretch.

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Date: 10/25/10 11:30 AM

Many thanks Sherril! That's very helpful

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