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Does this have to be cut on the bias?
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Date: 6/7/14 9:32 AM

Hi all,

I want to make this dress: Butterick 5749

I want to make it out of silk jersey and the fabric I found is only 45" wide. The pattern has the bodice on the bias but I am wondering given it is a very slinky jersey, do I have to put the bodice on the bias?

Thanks for all your help,
Deb
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Date: 6/7/14 10:32 AM

If you mean that front bodice panel, I have a pattern almost exactly like that and I only do that piece on the bias if I am doing a woven fabric. When I use a knit, I cut that piece on the straight grain. You can audition doing that first with some similar scrap fabric, or drape your fabric on the form.

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Date: 6/7/14 10:45 AM

I've done a couple of muslins of a drapey top like that and liked the non-bias version better. Great to have a fabric slinky enough to save the fabric a cut on the grain.

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Date: 6/7/14 11:05 AM

Here is a piece of silk jersey draped on the cross-grain and it looks perfect for your pattern.

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Date: 6/7/14 11:07 AM

Thank you so much everyone, I really wanted to check with other sewers before I went and bought the fabric. You have reinforced my idea as a good one. This dress will be for me to wear at my daughter's wedding and as it is going to be in our backyard I wanted something that would be comfortable yet suitable for a wedding!

It is so great to have all of you as a resource! Thanks again.
Cheers,
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Date: 6/7/14 2:00 PM

Oh I bet that dress is gonna be LUSCIOUS!

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Date: 6/7/14 6:22 PM

I agree with Katina. There is no bias in a knit so you can definitely cut it on the straight grain.

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Date: 6/10/14 10:02 AM

One more question. The drape that is across the front is supposed to be cut on the bias too, but I am thinking that is not necessary. The silk jersey I have is very light and stretchy. So am I on the right track?

Thanks all,
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Date: 6/10/14 10:46 AM

Absolutely. The top I did had a front drape, too.

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Date: 6/10/14 5:28 PM

Thanks for your reply, good to know my instincts are on the right track.
Deb
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