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Date: 11/15/12 12:41 PM

I don't think this question has been asked before, but if it has I have yet to find it.

I want to do the Jalie 2908 pants pattern. I noticed on the envelope it says it is for stretch fabric. However, I will need to do a muslin first. I have lots of fabric to do that, but it is not stretch fabric.

Is there a way to adjust for this? Can I do the muslin with non-stretch fabric? How do I compensate between the two types of fabric?

I hope this makes sense. Thanks for your heop.

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Date: 11/15/12 12:49 PM

if it's not too tight fitting and the stretch content is just for range of motion then you can do the test in muslin and just remember that the final garment won't be so restrictive

if it's tight fitting, just find a similar, cheap fabric with similar stretch to your final fabric. if cost is no object i'd just do this anyway.
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Date: 11/15/12 4:01 PM

Thanks Crust. I was thinking about making a trip to the fabric shop. I don't like having to manipulate anymore than I have to.

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Date: 11/16/12 5:50 AM

You can buy any cheap test stretch fabric. It needs to stretch the same amount as your intended fabric. That stretch should be equal to what the envelope tells you. To save money on your test stretch muslin don't forget the remnant bin. You may be able to cut a shorter length (shorts) not full pants since its the waist and hip that you are evaluating.

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Date: 11/16/12 6:58 AM

I have this dilemma too. I am about to make a jacket out of a beautiful thick woven but stretchy wool.

I wonder if fleece would be a good substitute? I don't want to spend too much, but on the otherhand, the wool was probably the most expensive fabric I have ever bought and I don't want to waste it on a failure.

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Date: 11/16/12 12:06 PM

For jeans I would highly recommend getting fabric as close as possible to you final fabric. I would say to try to match both stretch and weight too, both things will really affect how the jeans will look and feel. If you're like me and wear jeans constantly, it's a good investment

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Date: 11/16/12 10:24 PM

Fleece is a good choice, since it's a knit. I also start with pattern fitting before I make a muslin. Try for a light color of fleece so that you can see any wrinkles.
For jeans I found stretch denim on sale and bought enough for several muslins. I actually sewed the muslin with the lighter side out so that I could see the wrinkles.
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Date: 11/16/12 11:06 PM

I would use the fleece also. It's got enough heft and stretches.

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