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Diagonal Silk Tweed fabric
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Date: 3/2/13 3:35 PM

I'm hoping for some suggestions for a pattern for my Easter dress. I bought 3 yards of this silk tweed from Fabric Mart http://www.fabricmartfabrics.com/xcart/Novelty-Tweed-Like-Silk-Suiting-Off-White-Taupe-Gray-SLC5569.html
After my purchase, I realized that it was a diagonal. Now, I'm stumped for a pattern that would work with it. I'm a size 22, so I like Simplicity Amazing Fit patterns, but I'm open to any patterns in my size. I'd really appreciate some ideas, please!
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Date: 3/9/13 2:06 PM

I think you have stumped everyone.Two thoughts 1.Find a dress design with a center seam and chevron the diagonal,work out pleasing match ups at the other seams. 2.cut the pattern out on the bias making the tweed horizontal.

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Date: 3/9/13 4:32 PM

Nice fabric! I looove tweeds!
Tweed dresses are pretty cool. I was drooling over the recent one in Burda Mag 2/2013, #118. Its not in size 22, though (I'm Burda size 50 myself and it wouldn't work on me, even if it were in my size)
I would probably make a jacket over a dress, and make the dress in a comfortable knit. Such as Burda Plus Magazine Spring/Summer 2011, #409.
I can also see it in a vintage y dress with a round, low neckline and an attached band collar. Along the lines of Burda Mag 8/2011, #123.
Good luck! I love Easter dresses. So springy. We need that about now!

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Date: 3/9/13 5:08 PM

Oh wait, here is a really cool pattern you might consider: Burda Plus Magazine Fall/Winter 2011, #408/407. I like it better with the tie. It calls for lightweight fabric with body but it might work in a somewhat heavier fabric as long as its not clingy or drapy. I've been thinking about making this in a tweedy medium weight knit.
Needless to say, make a muslin first!

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Date: 3/9/13 5:51 PM

I made a skirt out of a fabric with a diagonal stripe (but more of a pinstripe) so I know the quandary you're in. I actually ended up just cutting it as usual, so the stripes run diagonally across me, and it looks fine. My stripe is much subtler than yours though. I agree with carry's suggestions. Particularly the one to add CF and CB seams so you can chevron the fabric. Which pattern were you thinking of before you realised the stripe was diagonal?
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Date: 3/10/13 0:07 AM

A pattern with a lot of seams, pockets, etc would allow you to play with the diagonals and turn it to a design advantage. Maybe a coat or jacket.
On the other hand, the diagonal of your fabric didn't really seem to me to be that strong, at least judging by the thumbnails in the link. It does't seem that bad to me.

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