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Advice needed

Ellabella

Advice needed
« on: June 09, 2017, 00:27:25 AM »
I have made a simple halter necked dress several times for DD.

It is designed for wovens and I have used firm cottons and drapy viscose, and the results have always been fine.

She wants me to make it again for a summer wedding and has presented me with a fine knit.  The colours are lovely and she has fallen in love with the fabric.

My idea is to use a fine woven cotton as a lining for the skirt and I was thinking of mounting  the knit fabric on the same woven fabric to stabilize it for the bodice.

Am I going in the right direction or barking up entirely the wrong tree.

The dress has a self lined bodice attached to the skirt and it has an elastic waist.
Desperately trying to alliterate in North Yorkshire

BrendaP

Re: Advice needed
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2017, 09:24:49 AM »
Hmm, if you try to underline the bodice with a stable woven fabric I think you might end up with the same difficulties I had with my dress to impress.  I had everything nice and flat on the table and basted all the pieces together before assembling the dress but once it was all sewn together, put on a hanger and hung vertically the outer layer of lace stretched very slightly whist the stable organza layer didn't :o

I made several little tweeks around the neck and ends of the sleeves and it OKish but not perfect.  I think the diamant√© belt will distract a little from the waist seam.

By all means use the woven fabric for the skirt lining, especiallyif it is a full skirt, but be wary of using it as underlining for the bodice.
Brenda.  My machines are: Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy, Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born in 1940 and Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitch.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

b15erk

Re: Advice needed
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2017, 09:33:15 AM »
Brenda is right, depending on the weight and stretch of your knit, there is a danger that it will hang differently than the cotton.

If I was doing it, I would buy some cheap stuff with similar properties and try it out as a toile, because you may find that the fit is also different.

Jessie
Jessie, who is very happy to be here!!  :),  but who has far too many sewing machines to be healthy, and a fabric stash which is becoming embarrassing.


Samantha

Re: Advice needed
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2017, 11:43:13 AM »
I made a dress recently from a pattern that I used before with a cotton fabric - this time I used a faux leather which had a bit of a stretch and the bodice was massive.

BrendaP

Re: Advice needed
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2017, 16:39:43 PM »
Samantha is right too. 

If you use a stretch fabric with a pattern designed for woven you need to reduce the ease and/or make a size smaller.
Brenda.  My machines are: Vera, a Husqvarna 350 SewEasy, Caroline a Singer 201K-3 born in 1940 and Thirza a Featherweight 221K born 1949. Also Bernina 1150 overlocker and Elna 444 Coverstitch.
http://paternoster.orpheusweb.co.uk/

Ohsewsimple

Re: Advice needed
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2017, 20:25:50 PM »
I don't think I'd want to do this.  I think you will have massive problems.  Could you find a similar pattern drafted for knits?