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Crosswise stripes and lengthwise stretch
How does one work with this fabric? Bengaline I think
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Date: 5/5/11 11:16 AM

I have several yards of a lovely lilac-gray fabric with lilac pinstripes. However, the stripes run crosswise, and there's quite a bit of lengthwise stretch. I was thinking of just turning it sideways and cutting the pattern pieces (for a jacket) crosswise, with the stripes running up and down. But now I'm wondering. Would this work?

I believe this fabric is called bengaline. I've seen similar material, without the stripes, at the fabric store, and I like it--but how should I use it? (And I can't figure making a suit-type jacket with crosswise stripes!)

Any advice?
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Date: 5/5/11 11:28 AM

Your fabric sounds like bengaline..the stretch grain is as you described.
Cutting your jacket as described is the correct way to use this fabric, with the stretch around your jacket.
I always find bengaline shrinks a little, so it would be best to pre shrink the fabric.

Bengaline is the fabric often used for the fitted, pull on pants with the wide elasticised waistband.
Style Arc has the Linda Pant pattern specifically for bengaline.
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Date: 5/5/11 5:03 PM

Thank you for the assurance that cutting out "sideways" is correct for this fabric! I have prewashed it (I always do). Now I can use it with confidence!
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Date: 4/23/13 3:08 PM

Hi Oceandaughter,

I came looking for information on sewing Bengalene and found this thread from two years ago. Did you sew your suit, and did you cut it on the crosswise grain? How did it go? Would you buy it again?

Laurie
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