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« on: November 20, 2006 06:34:23 AM »

Hi all. Okay currently I'm about to start on vogue 8280. I want to do it in a stretch satin and im a little scaried. I just finished a muslin and it was a bit snnug in the waist and the hips. But it was perfect in the bust. Now the seam allowance is 5/8. I changed it to 1/4 down the skirt center seam and that helped But i want a little bit more room.

   Do you guess think I should change the outer seams too? let me know what you think.
Oh yeah do yiu guess think I should omitt the lining? I dont really want to add any extra bulk with the satin.
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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2006 04:47:01 PM »

You could make the darts smaller around the waist and hips area so that they didn't take in so much fabric.

Yeah you could leave out the lining though you might find that the satin will tend to cling to you more because of it.

Before changing the outer seams I'd sew a little bit of that fabric and pull it - see if the seams will stay - sometimes with satin-type fabrics if the seams are too close the fabric will fray and the seams will come apart.

Otherwise try cutting slightly outside the seams on the pattern below the waist and hips just to add an extra 1/4 inch or so of fabric to each side on the seams.
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2006 03:25:08 PM »

Is your muslin fabric also stretch?  I've found a big difference in fit depending on the amount of stretch in the fabric - the more there is, the looser it feels (I've got several tshirts made out of the same pattern in stretch cotton - you'd swear that two of them are 2 sizes larger). 

I'd cut the extra 1/4" or so on the key seams, baste it together, and try it on.  If it's too tight, the side seams are fair game - but also look specifically where you need the room - on the hips, over the belly, or the backend?  Then let out the darts or seams in that area only.

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