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newbiecanadian
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Date: 4/5/13 7:50 AM

Hi there!

I am making a dress from a Vogue pattern that was designed for woven fabrics out of this ridiculously beautiful *stretch* taffeta that has wonderful body to it. I'm wondering if I should be making a muslin for this dress out of a cheap stretch fabric that has the same "two-way" stretch to check for sizing....

Also, what sort of stitch should I be using for this fabric. I read an old review on the BurdaStyle website that stretch taffeta should be treated like a non-stretch fabric...is this accurate?

Thanks in advance!

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Date: 4/5/13 4:21 PM

Yes to the muslin, unless you want to risk it not fitting and that would be true if you were using a woven.

I would use a strait stitch, you are not going to be using it like a tee shirt.

Depending on the fabric and the amount of stretch you may need to add additional stabilizer at some points to help keep the knit stretching.

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Date: 4/6/13 10:54 AM

Thanks for the reply!

It tested the fabric for stretch and it turns out it has 20%-25% stretch (my 4 inch by 4 inch test sample only stretched to 5 inches).

The challenge now will be finding some cheapy knit fabric with the same amount of stretch to make the muslin....

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Date: 8/9/13 1:45 PM

How did your project turn out?

I'm curious because this is very similar to my own situation. I'm doing a costume based on a Vogue pattern V2931 (Vogue Pattern V2931) which is also intended for wovens like duponi, tafetta, brocades, etc. but for the character I need it to fit snugly through the hip and thigh area but still be able to walk and navigate things like steps (oh and sit down too!) LOL! To this end, I also found a gorgeous stretch tafetta with 20% stretch that I'm hoping to use for the project.

If you have any lessons or tips you learned from your project you'd be willing to share, I would be ever so grateful. I've not sewn this fabric before either!

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