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Hi all!

A friend would like to take a favorite knit long dress and create a pattern that can be used to make a woven-fabric dress. The original dress is made of a midweight cotton with a small amount of lycra. She wants to use the pattern to make an identical dress in a woven silk/poly charmeuse.

Do you have any tips or warnings for

a) creating the pattern while factoring in the stretch of the original fabric
b) converting from a knit to a woven?

Thanks, everyone!


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    Nov 20, 2013, 11.43 AMby katensew

    Very often knit fabric dresses can be pulled on without the need of a zip.You may need to cut parts on the bias to give drape, the sleeves may be tight fitting etc. I would suggest making a “muslin” in a similar fabric at low cost

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    Nov 20, 2013, 05.00 PMby ckbklady

    Thanks, katensew! Great points! We were thinking of a muslin for sure and of adding a short zipper under the arm. Luckily there are no sleeves. The tricky part would be the bias cut – the chosen fabric is 45" wide and thus will not accommodate the long (floor-length on her) skirt pieces without piecing diagonal parts together. The dress being made is meant to represent a comic book character outfit exactly, and will be worn to competitive costume balls, so piecing is out of the question. I’m shopping for a wider fabric for her that will work better.

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