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Hi, I like this tunic dress pattern which is intended for stretchable fabric. I am thinking of making it in cotton.


Does anyone have any idea how I can modify this pattern such that it can be sewn using cotton fabric? Thanks!


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    Apr 25, 2014, 01.12 AMby Deanna31

    Hi, I don’t think you will have too much trouble leaving the pattern as it is on the bodice. The real problem is the sleeves. They look tight. I would find a top that is meant for cotton and use the sleeves from that. I would also copy the armhole from the cotton pattern (on the bodice) onto the stretch pattern bodice.

    Good luck!!

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      Apr 26, 2014, 11.01 AMby hweelian

      thanks for the suggestion!

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    Apr 25, 2014, 09.20 PMby purplefan

    You can take a chance by placing all the grainlines from pattern pieces on the bias of your cotton fabric (hope you have lots; bias is 45 degrees from the lengthwise grain and provides some stretch) and also adding some extra width and length to the bodice and sleeve pieces.

    Think there’s a blog post somewhere of Meg Healy altering a bodice pattern for a woven garment to use for stretch fabric-I believe the difference taken off was 2 inches, hence my suggestion.

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      Apr 26, 2014, 11.02 AMby hweelian


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    Apr 28, 2014, 05.05 AMby slitherydee

    One annoying thing about Burda patterns is they don’t specify how much stretch they want in the fabric they’re suggesting so I would be hesitant to just add 2 inches and call it a day. Do you have any Swedish Tracing Paper or a product like it? It has some drape to it so you can do tissue fitting and work out any major fit issues. The book Fit for Real People by Patti Palmer and Marta Alto shows in detail how to tissue fit for a perfect result, if you’re really interested. They also have a DVD that I rented at my library which was very helpful for tissue fitting.

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    May 5, 2014, 10.01 PMby purplefan

    Cotton on the bias is not going to give lots of stretch unless the method of its weave allows for more than 1/2" of stretch in any direction. A lingerie seminar mentioned the bias trick and Meg’s making a straightgrain pattern smaller for stretch fabric could likely be applied in reverse>making a stretch pattern fit straightgrain that is on a bias placement. Would not hurt to try as sometimes we don’t always have the perfect fabric for the pattern but there is an existing yardage that we want to use somehow and get that garment made!

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