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« on: May 23, 2009 07:44:14 AM »

Ok, I was thinking, what if I made a dress out of oilcloth!!! Would that be possible?  Or would It not breathe enough? Any problems you can see or suggestions would be helpful
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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2009 09:18:25 AM »

Oh, you can make it.  But it would be a bit too heavy, wouldn't it?  I've seen different qualities and weights, so I guess it depends on which one you choose.  And on the pattern too.
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2009 07:17:37 AM »

I have made stuff out of oilcloth in the past, notably a jacket, but that was years ago. That was for a rain outfit costume. A lot does depend on the pattern, because oilcloth really doesn't stretch. Use longer stitches, too, so it doesn't rip. Topstitching helps. Of course it doesn't breathe, but who cares, if it's in the name of fashion? Neither does PVC, and loads of people wear it for tons of things. If you want to make a dress, use a pattern like a jumper, and maybe something with a princess front. That's pretty safe and simple. Are you thinking about lining it? How heavy is the oilcloth? Sounds like a neat idea.
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2009 10:46:42 AM »

so any ideas on patterns to use for this?
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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2009 11:11:30 AM »

What about a dungaree dress?
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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2009 08:55:10 PM »

Oh, why not?!  I'd suggest something Aline, prob sleeveless, with a wider/lower neck so you don't have to add a zip, only a couple of seams so there's less worry about it ripping, and I'd line it.  Oilcloth and vinyl also don't fold very well and vinyl will seat, so it's better loose but no so loose that you have too much fabric to manage when you sit down.  Or how about a retro 70s jumper when vinyl was in fashion: sleeveless, deep v neck and deep armholes, slight Aline. 
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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2009 02:50:27 PM »

I'm with x46. The jumper idea works fine. I did a couple out of vinyl for a '60s retro group, using some great vintage patterns (probably no longer available) like McCall's 7432 or New Look 6580. That one is superior and I have modified it considerably to use fabrics like that. You can't beat the ease of construction, and that kind of material looks better with zippers than it does with buttons, although snaps are acceptable, I guess. Just be sure to back them up with some other non-stretchy fabric so they won't pull through the oilcloth, which can tear rather easily.
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