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I have a pattern I like very much that is a Stretch only pattern. I would like to make it in a non stretch material. I wonder if someone can help me as to how much allowance to add and to where.


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    Feb 23, 2013, 10.54 PMby fiefje

    It depends on the pattern, but it’s very likely that it will be very difficult. Which pattern is it? If the pattern has no bust darts and has to fit close to the body it will be very difficult to get it to fit.

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    Mar 1, 2013, 12.22 AMby roselan

    Sorry to have taken so long to reply. I really liked the look of this pattern. It is Simplicity 2219. The stretch Factor is from 4" to 6". There no Darts.

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    Mar 2, 2013, 10.14 AMby fiefje

    I don’t know how much experience you have with altering patterns, it would be very difficult to make it work with a fabric that doesn’t stretch. If you’re just starting with making clothing, I would suggest trying to find a pattern for a fabric that doesn’t stretch or looking for a fabric that stretches if you really want to use that pattern. My experience is that trying something that is too difficult only leads to frustration.

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    Mar 5, 2013, 07.53 AMby roselan

    I have been sewing for quite a few years, but only class myself a novice/ intermediate sewer.Using only simple pattern that are not completated. I understand how to upsize or downsize a pattern. But am not quite sure with this

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    Mar 5, 2013, 06.00 PMby purplefan

    Tip I learned from a lingerie sewing expert’s talk-the bias of non-stretch fabric has stretch. So if you were really keen on using non-stretch fabric, you’ll have to test the bias grain in-store to see if you can find a fabric that provides the minimum 4" stretch. My guess is you’ll likely only get 2" of stretch that way.

    If you find fabric with bias stretch of 4", then you will have to place all lengthwise grain pattern pieces on the BIAS grain so factor in more fabric (and look for the 54" wide stuff if you can to allow more fabric) to have in order to have enough.

    Any fabric in your stash (say it takes 2 or 3 fabrics) used for the dress will have to have a similar weight and feel if you are combining them to meet fabric requirements for this pattern.

    You may reconsider all of the above and just buy stretch fabric!

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    Mar 6, 2013, 01.00 PMby roselan

    Thanks purplefan for you feedback. I’ll have to think about you’ve said.

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    Mar 20, 2013, 04.03 AMby allmystuff

    I tried this several times myself and have never had success. The stretch material is giving and fitting in a way that non-stretch just can’t do it with that pattern…..how I wish it was that easy though! It’s tough to find a pattern you love and be limited :—)

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    Mar 20, 2013, 09.06 AMby sewingfan1

    Is it this pattern? http://www.simplicity.com/p-5912-misses-evening-dresses.aspx If so, that would work fine with non stretch material and a zip up the back

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    Apr 3, 2013, 11.26 PMby roselan

    Yes. sewingfan1! The problem I’m having is that , I made a test run Dress. Even though I added extra Inches to the Yoke before cutting out the pattern The dress didn’t fit properly. Therefore I’m asking the Question.How Much To Add and Where?

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    Apr 3, 2013, 11.28 PMby roselan

    The Dress I’m Trying to Make is Gray With the Sleeve

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    Apr 4, 2013, 08.23 AMby sewingfan1

    Where isn’t it fitting properly? I don’t think I’d have added any inches to the pattern pieces as it’s not like it’s a really tight fitting dress so I’m not sure why it needed to be in stretch fabric in the first place.

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    Apr 7, 2013, 07.24 AMby roselan

    The Dress is deceiving in that the Outer Bodice has gathering on the sides but the dress is lined (with no gathering) and the lining is a lot smaller allowing for stretch. I didn’t allow enough in the lining and it was much to small. Also I didn’t allow enough in the length of the Bodice. As the dress has sleeves I though about removing the lining all together.

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    Apr 7, 2013, 11.08 AMby sewingfan1

    I certainly skip the linings quite regularly if the fabric is thick enough on its own :-)

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    Apr 9, 2013, 01.04 AMby roselan

    Thanks for all your advice. I think I’ll make another muslin without the lining and adjust the pattern slightly in the length of the Bodice. Here’s hoping.

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