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Date: 3/14/11 3:46 PM

My daugher (23 years old) picked out some dress patterns to wear on a cruise this summer. I was shopping and JA over the weekend and found two nice designs of Simply Silky. Now I am not sure what will work with this material since it is very slippery. She picked out Simplicity patterns 2250 & 2373. What is your thoughts?

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Date: 3/14/11 7:49 PM

I'm in no way an expert, but I think you might be better off using a fabric with a little more body for both of these patterns.

Although, I think if I had to choose one over the other to make with the silky, I think I would go with 2250.

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Date: 3/14/11 8:24 PM

Hmm, I think 2373 might do better since the empire bodice needs less structure than 2250's full length bodice.

I just made Simplicity 2360 out of a similar polyester charmeuse and it behaved reasonably well as the dress is unfitted. The dress came out really cute, though it looks like your daughter is looking for spaghetti straps and 2360 has a cut-on slight cap sleeve.

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Date: 3/14/11 8:57 PM

I have never worked with simply silk. Will it gather and lay nice or will it hang straight?

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Date: 3/14/11 10:34 PM

I have never used it either. From looking at it at Joann, it is always tempting because of the nice prints but it seems like such low quality fabric that I have never been tempted to buy any. :-/ If you have the fabric in hand you can test the drape just by laying it over a dress form or chair, and you can test how it will lay while gathered by just running a large hand stitch along the selvage for a couple feet and gathering. It won't harm the fabric and will be easy to remove.

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Date: 3/15/11 10:28 AM

for the skirts of these dresses, I'd definitely recommend lining them, even if it's just with a lightweight cotton (which is also nice in the summertime). I'm guessing these silky prints are pretty thin & lining can do wonders to make a skirt look better.
A slippery poly might be a little hairy to manage with S2250. The front bodice piece for that dress is shaped sort of funky, with darts and draping and such, and there won't be any room for fitting errors in the poly (i.e. no give). I wonder if you could underline with a lightweight cotton? Of course, recommended fabrics include satin and brocade, so maybe I'm just a worrywart at heart :)
I have a short length of a poly print that I really do want to make into a slim skirt, and I thought about block fusing a lighter interfacing to it to beef it up some and underlining it with a bleached muslin (it's what I have on hand).

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Date: 3/17/11 10:32 AM

Would Simply Silky work for jacket linings? It seems to be about the same weight as the poly lining fabrics. There are some that I thought would make a nice change from plain linings.

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Date: 3/17/11 11:49 AM

I have used the Simply Silky for jacket linings. These silkies do come in wonderful prints, and I am always tempted by them. But be aware that they fray like crazy, and so can be very frustrating to work with!

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Date: 3/17/11 3:50 PM

If I do decided to try to use the fabric for a flowing dress, simple with not much detail. What would you line with? The dress I have in mind is a halter dress so the bodice that ties will show. Simplicity 2212

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Date: 3/17/11 4:11 PM

I also salivate at the JoAnn's simply silkies (and not much else) but hesitate to try to sew and I think they are hot for summer. I would like some subtler patterns that don't scream, "Here I am!" tho.

Just wish they would carry more cute knits like those seen in RTW. $12/yd. for skulls and kiddie prints at mine--are you kidding?!
Do their buyers ever check how much business they are losing to online sites? Of course, shoppers here were still buying up Fleece like crazy in March, still not on clearance for the changing weather.

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