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Date: 10/20/11 6:52 PM

I have a knit fabric that would be perfect for this top but the pattern is not for knits, is it possible??

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Date: 10/20/11 8:05 PM

Patterns that call for knit fabric are much smaller, to allow for the stretch of the knit. I wouldn't do it. The flutter sleeves (View A) need to have some stability in order to make the curls at the bottom and you won't get that with a knit.

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Date: 10/20/11 8:25 PM

I've got a RTW that is a similar style. No zipper in the back, not needed because of the stretch. If you love the pattern and love the fabric what about making a trial one from some cheap knit fabric and see how it turns out. If you like the way it turns out, then make it again with the fabric you like.

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Date: 10/23/11 12:40 PM

Make a smaller size.
If the knit is really stretchy -- 2 sizes smaller.

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Subject: Topic moved Date: 11/4/11 3:01 PM

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Date: 11/4/11 5:39 PM

I say it depends on the knit you use and the fit you are planning to acheive. If the knit is stable then it behaves like the woven fabric. If you use stretchy knit it might sag on you

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