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tingeling
« on: September 30, 2006 01:34:25 AM »

Im so frustrated and have no clue as to what to do, I hope some of you talented sewers can help!

Im working on this Kwik Sew pattern:


Ive already made the dress (with a few alterations) and it came out nice:
  Yesterday I was working on the shirt.  This time I actually followed the instructions and pattern  Wink

The shirt looked ok, but when I tried it on my daughter I discovered that the opening for the head (sorry, not sure about the English word) is way to small.  Its just not possible to get her head through the opening.

What did I do wrong?  The material I sewed in has 25% stretch across the grain as recommended on the fabric.  I followed the grain directions when cutting and sewing.

I really hope someone can help, I just have no idea whatsoever of what I did wrong... 

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Kaitlinnegan
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2006 08:15:26 AM »

Did you use a stretch stitch when stitching around the neck?  Straight stitches don't stretch at all, so unless you use a stretch straight stitch, zigzag or twin needle, the stitches won't allow the fabric to stretch, no matter how much stretch is in the fabric.  Maybe you could take out the stitches and try it on her without them?  Then you will know if the fabric stretches enough and the hole is about the right size.  Then try stitching it up again with one of the stretch stitches.  Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2006 10:14:27 AM »

This may sound silly but many stretch fabrics only stretch across the grain.  Did you lay it out according to pattern layout?  Is it possible you laid it out sideways or cross grain instead of with the grain? 
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tingeling
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2006 05:10:11 PM »

This may sound silly but many stretch fabrics only stretch across the grain.  Did you lay it out according to pattern layout?  Is it possible you laid it out sideways or cross grain instead of with the grain? 

Yes, this was were I went wrong.  English being my second language, I misunderstood "Grain of fabric" and thought it was the same as stretch of fabric.  Which it was not, turned out I had sewn the shirt with the stretch the wrong way.  No wonder it would not fit... Embarrassed

Oh well, I learned a lesson - next time I wont be so caught up in the instructions that I forget to actually think for myself as well!   Grin

Thank you so much for your help!   Smiley Smiley
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tingeling
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2006 05:11:30 PM »

Did you use a stretch stitch when stitching around the neck?  Straight stitches don't stretch at all, so unless you use a stretch straight stitch, zigzag or twin needle, the stitches won't allow the fabric to stretch, no matter how much stretch is in the fabric.  Maybe you could take out the stitches and try it on her without them?  Then you will know if the fabric stretches enough and the hole is about the right size.  Then try stitching it up again with one of the stretch stitches.  Good luck!

Yes, I did use a stretch stitch...but it turned out that the stretch of the fabric was the wrong way...  But thank you so much for your help!  Smiley Smiley
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