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Date: 9/19/11 8:41 AM

I am making my DD a really warm robe for cold Wisconsin nights. I made the shell from a lovely not super heavy flannel, and the lining from a fur-ish Minky. I thought the Minky would stretch but it actually seems to have pulled up shorter after cutting--seems really out of wack with the shell. First I pinned and pinned to get the two layers matched, but easing the flannel in caused wavery edges. I ripped from the shawl collar down and am letting it hang for a day or so. . .what in the world is going on?

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Date: 9/19/11 9:30 AM

I can probably tell you what is going but I haven't the slightest idea how to 'fix" it.

I made some minky dog beds (never again) and I noticed that if I cut it opposite the grainline (to save fabric) that it needed to be stretched one way to make it fit and doing that shrunk it up the OTHER way. It was a real pain to deal with. Maybe that is what's happening?

BTW, it's funny you are doing this because that's exactly what I was thinking of doing for myself. I will wait to see how you deal with it first though .

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Date: 9/19/11 9:40 AM

It sounds to me like the minky was off grain to begin with. I never use it for anything but a blanket, and that's much like a fleece blanket--folded and at the end of the bed. It's a PITA to sew, cut, and pin. If you want to make her a really warm robe, why not make it out of fleece? Or use a T-shirt knit for lining. Also, beware that if you're going to line this robe, it won't stretch. I found that out the hard way. I made a simple robe, to slip over my head and not open at the front, out of flannel and lined it with t-shirt fabric. When I was outside, I slipped on ice, thereby tearing my inner groin muscle. Had the robe had stretch and been made out of fleece, like my previous one, this wouldn't have happened.

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Date: 9/19/11 11:33 AM

OK, after hanging and releasing all of the stitching, and pinning at the collar and shoulder seams really carefully, then re-pinning the edges, it at least looks uniform.

I was super careful about stretch and grainline--always am.

Let's see what the next stitching does. At this point, I am into the learning phase, but oh my gosh, this is too expensive to be a wadder.

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Date: 9/23/11 10:27 AM

I am not sure what happens with Minky, but thank goodness I was not making something detailed!

The robe turned out fine, hanging and steaming being really careful, but I will not sew with Minky again until I get some really good advice. I would say the Minky is a bit more bulky than I expected and it is not a sleek and sexy robe, but it will be wonderfully warm and soft against the skin.

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