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Date: 3/28/11 9:54 AM

My sister is getting married next Sept. (2012) and I may be making the bridesmaids dresses. She wants "infinity" dresses so I need something stretchy but it needs to be dressy, too and she wants eggplant/aubergine dresses. I'm not having much luck. Does anybody have any suggestions?

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Date: 3/28/11 10:04 AM

What is the budget? If there's money to spare, I'd go with a nice silk jersey. Mood Fabrics has a really pretty purple, looks like it might be lighter than aubergine, but it's a place to start.

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Date: 3/28/11 11:47 AM

I made my sister's bridesmaid dresses out of rayon jersey, and that worked out well. Sometimes rayon jersey has a slight sheen that can elevate the look and I think it drapes beautifully and tends to cling to itself making it a good choice for an infinity dress. I couldn't find many examples of aubergine knits (there may be more choices when the fall/winter fabrics come out), but Fabric.com has a poly rayon blend that might be in the right color family.

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Date: 3/28/11 12:04 PM

I agree with silk jersey. It's very high end looking but it is pricey. The McCall's version only needs a little over 2 yards in 60" wide. It would still be cheaper than a real bridesmaid dress.

EmmaOneSock has silk jersey and it's orderable in a variety of colors. Here's a link to the page but look up in the description and it will give you a link to the colors that she can get.

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Date: 3/28/11 12:23 PM

Thanks for all the ideas, girls! I ordered several swatches from Mood Fabrics, hopefully one of those will work. I may end up needing to use silk jersey, but we're trying to keep costs down, so I'm hoping for something a little less expensive (the dresses she wants to copy cost $300, so I think even EmmaOneSock's silk jersey would still end up being cheaper, but I'd like to go as low as possible and still have a classy end product). Unfortunately, it's going to take quite a bit of fabric per dress - somewhere around 4 1/2 yards per dress (although I think I can do 2 out of 6 yards because the straps are about three yards long, but only 11 inches or so wide). It would be great if that Butterick pattern would work, but the main attraction of the convertible dress is the lack of fitting needed since the wedding is in FL, three of the bridesmaids are in IL (including me, the dressmaker) and the other 5 are scattered about the country; we're looking at the kind that's a skirt with two long straps that you wrap and tie to make the bodice, not just wrap around the bodice.

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Date: 3/28/11 2:36 PM

I would call Spandex House and House of SPandex in NYC. They have so much it can't all go on their websites but will look for you and send you samples. And if you buy in quanitity they usually give a discount.

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Date: 3/28/11 8:13 PM

What may I ask is an infinity dress? Most silk jersey only stretches on the cross grain and without lycra it doesn't stretch all that much. It is gorgeous to wear and sews up well. If you need more stretch just cut it a little larger.

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Date: 3/28/11 9:22 PM

Infinity Dress

I've discovered it's a dress for a young, in shape body. No wonder I had no idea what it was either!

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Date: 3/29/11 1:38 PM

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Infinity Dress



I've discovered it's a dress for a young, in shape body. No wonder I had no idea what it was either!

Yeah, that's close, but the one I'm making has a circle skirt like this one Butter by Nadia. It's more flattering on more body types, I think.
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