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Swimsuit fabric for wrap dress
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Date: 7/10/13 12:36 PM

I bought some killer black and gray animal print swimsuit fabric that I want to use for a wrap dress. What should I keep in mind when using it as such? It does have 2-way stretch - 1 way is much stretchier than the other way. Obviously the very stretchy direction should go around and not up and down the dress, right?

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Date: 7/10/13 12:44 PM

A few years ago, I sewed a tee shirt from swimsuit fabric, but it was much too hot and clammy to wear, and I never wore it. As I learned, there's a reason swimsuit fabric is used for swimsuits and not tops or dresses.

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Date: 7/10/13 10:49 PM

Math Lord - Good timing! I am actually right now wearing a 3/4 sleeve tee that I made from swimsuit fabric just a couple weeks ago. I had been looking for a striped fabric that would work with the mitered sleeve seams on a Vogue pattern I purchased, and came across a navy & white stripe in the swimwear section at Hancocks. I fell in love with the crisp stripes, and thought I'd take a gamble.

Just got back from watching my sons lacrosse game (75 and sunny) and was perfectly comfortable. However, like Nancy pointed out, I would NOT want to wear this on a super hot day, but for cool to mildly warm temps it is great. (Maybe living in Minnesota is better for this than Alabama!) The tee is super comfortable, and the fabric sewed up like a dream.

I've actually seen quite a few tops in the stores made from lightweight swimwear fabric, most of them have draped and/or ruched fronts, they probably use the swimwear fabric for the stretch and recovery properties.

Hope this helps!

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Date: 7/11/13 0:34 AM

I've made a few dresses in swimsuit fabric. The fabric tends to have a firmer/less stretchy fit so give yourself extra on the ss up through the sleeves(?) so you have a bit extra if needed.

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Date: 7/11/13 4:05 PM

I have that fabricI made a pencil skirt with it. I love it!

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Date: 7/11/13 4:06 PM

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I bought some killer black and gray animal print swimsuit fabric that I want to use for a wrap dress. What should I keep in mind when using it as such? It does have 2-way stretch - 1 way is much stretchier than the other way. Obviously the very stretchy direction should go around and not up and down the dress, right?




And correct...about the stretch.

I'd say, if you wouldn't be like, terribly sad and despondent if it doesn't work out...go for it!

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Singer Talent 3321 | Kenmore 1503 | Brother 1034D

My Big 4 Sizing: Medium | Tops 14/16 | Pants 18 | Skirts 16/18.

My Measurements: 36 HB | 39.5 FB | 34 W | 44 Hip

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