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hi everyone!
I want to make the Gertie Malissa Variation to wear for my boyfriend’s brother wedding.
First i tought some kind of stretchy cotton, like jersey or something, but i want it to look a little more elegant.
Then i thought Stretch Satin, but i didn’t like 100% the colors i found at the store.

And at other store i saw some pretty Stretch Taffeta that came in nice colors (like a nice dark red), the fabric is not very cheap, but not extremely expensive…
the problem is that the “stretch” of the fabric is in the other way, i mean, not like jersey for example. it stretches on the long side…(i don’t know if i’m being clear :P)

and i don’t know if that could change the amount of fabric i have to buy…

what do you think?? i hope you can help me :) thanks!


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    Dec 28, 2009, 10.25 AMby katexxxxxx

    If the pattern is for stretch jersey fabric, it is best to use that type of fabric for the pattern. Stretch taffeta should be cut and used like anon-stretch woven fabric: the stretch is there to help the recovery of the fabric during wear, not to give stretch to the garment. It helps it not to crease too much either.

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      May 21, 2017, 09.05 PMby vmaxd53

      do you have a suggestion on how to finish the seams of stretch taffeta? my niece’s confirmation dress is a lovely princess seamed pattern. I am concerned about the clipped curves at the bustline, though she is not busty.

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    Dec 30, 2009, 12.07 AMby mlssfshn

    You may need to use a larger size it the pattern to accommodate for the difference in stretch. I’ve done this before with good results. I would just buy a cheap woven to make a muslin in for fit and then use that pattern for the taffeta. I’ve made the Malissa in a stretch woven but have had trouble uploading the project to the site.

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    Mar 2, 2018, 07.25 PMby Isidora Flores

    I have used stretchy taffeta and I think the stretch adds to the sewing difficulty. The stretch doesn’t behave in ANY way like that of knit fabric because it’s quite stiff, it almost doesn’t drape and kind of wants to stand in the direction of the stretch. I wouldn’t recommend using it for the malissa pattern in any way, unless it’s some sort of knit taffeta or very light and drapey woven. I think you should better look for fancy knits. Perhaps you could do red with an overlay of light black mesh, so it has some color shifting effect. I have seen embroidered and lace mesh fabric around too, maybe layer with that? It could be the “fancy” factor you are looking for. I hope this helps =)

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