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lvs2sew
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Date: 3/18/12 9:46 PM

Hello I was wondering if you have to use the fabric listed on the back of the pattern i know it says suggested fabric but i dont have any that it calls for but really love the pattern all i have is cotton and some stretch jersey any suggestions would be great thanks

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Date: 3/18/12 9:55 PM

Yes and no....

Some of the biggest sewing disasters I have had came from using the wrong fabric for a pattern.

But, there is some room to wiggle. If you use a fabric other than the one recommended, you need to make sure that it is the same weight, has the same body, and the same drape as the fabric the pattern was designed for.

You also should not use a knit for a pattern drafted for a woven, and vice versa.

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Date: 3/18/12 10:21 PM

Can you tell us what the suggested fabrics on the pattern are, or the pattern number?

You can get lots of good advice here about whether your fabric should work if we know the details.

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Date: 3/19/12 0:36 AM

I second both of the above responses:

1. Definitely don't sew with woven on a pattern designed for knits. SOMETIMES you can do the reverse, but it really depends on the pattern.
2. What does it call for? You said all you have is cotton, but so many pattern would work well with cotton. What's the pattern # and maker?

Good luck!

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Date: 3/19/12 2:32 AM

I rarely pay attention to the fabric suggestion on the envelope. I don't even know what half of the suggestions are. And when I'm buying fabric from the bins at the Michael Levine's loft I have no idea what they are. So I had a fabric that matched the suggested fabric list, I'd wouldn't know. I agree with previous responses that you need to pick a fabric that would look and feel like what's on the pic.

I've used a knit for woven patterns several times. Here are some examples M6518 and Vogue 8630. It's just takes few extra steps to figure out the sizing with the negative ease in the knit. There are definitely some patterns that won't work in a knit. Let me know what pattern you're using and I can give you some tips.

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lvs2sew
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Date: 3/20/12 7:11 PM

thanks for the help guys and galls, the patter i am wondering about is a Butterick pattern the number is B5471 the suggested fabric it is asking for are: lightweight poplin, linen, lightweight broadcloth and stretch wovens all i have or worked with on both accounts is cottons, and stretch jerseys on the pattern i am wanting to make views C and E

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Date: 3/20/12 7:21 PM

Stretch jersey isn't going to work. Like the other ladies most of my disasters have been caused by using the wrong fabric.

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Date: 3/20/12 8:02 PM

the suggested fabric it is asking for are: lightweight poplin, linen, lightweight broadcloth and stretch wovens and i dont have any of those in my stash and my local walmart only carries cottons and silks i just was wondering if its safe to use cottons or should i go on a man hunt for the other fabrics its suggesting

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Date: 3/20/12 8:48 PM

lvs2sew, check out this review of B5471. The reviewer used a home dec cotton for the dress/jacket, so I think you are safe using a cotton from Walmart.

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Date: 3/20/12 9:36 PM

C and E are the tunic and pants. I am sure many cotton wovens will work for these, though, I, myself, might choose something with a little bit of drape -- not too stiff. A stiffer fabric will stand more away from the body in wearing. (However, some people might prefer that.) Be sure to unroll a length of the fabrics you are looking at, so that you can see you they fall; take them in your hands and see how they feel.

You can even wrap some of the fabric around you, if that helps.

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