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cest Moi sandy
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Date: 8/27/13 5:10 PM

Hi,

I just purchased this gorgeous taffeta and when I decided to finally start on the outfit I realized that there is a tad bit of stretch in it.
I wanted to make a skirt and a top - that I have made before with a 100%cotton fabric.
So stretch was never the issue.

Now I unrolled the bolt. And I noticed that there is stretch in the length of the fabric (selvages to the sides). I thought that stretch should be in the width (as in jeans and such to work and stretch out better with your curves).

My question is... the longer I look at it the more scared and intimidated I feel to start cutting into it. This is a very expensive fabric.
Do I cut with the grain? In the length of the fabric even though the stretch is in the length?
Please Help
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Date: 8/27/13 5:24 PM

I've noticed in RTW and better fabric stores there are some silk taffetas with stretch. Donna Karan uses some cottons with lengthwise stretch. I think it helps with wrinkling, particularly in the areas that wrinkle when you sit down. I can't think of any issue you would have with fit but I also can't remember if I've ever sewn with any. I hope you get more responses!
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Date: 8/29/13 3:27 PM

Thanks so much for your reply...
I received an answer to it from a friend of a friend who is a professional seamstress.
She said..."Ignore the grain and have the stretch go around the body"
I am working on the fabric right now and it works like a charm.

Thanks so much!

Sandy
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Date: 9/12/13 3:31 PM

I just finished the outfit about a week ago!
It turned out gorgeous!
I am happy that I decided to "ignore the grain and have the stretch go around the body" Now that the garment is finished I can not even tell it had a grain and the stretch going in the width actually makes sense.
I wish it was possible to show a photo of the garments...

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