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« on: April 28, 2010 05:55:59 PM »

I don't have a ton of issues with knits but I prefer to sew with wovens. I want to make a tank dress, but not so clingy:

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I am afraid that using a woven will make it be a tent rather than let it drape. I also want the fabric to be thicker because the ones in the store tend to be sheer.  Tongue

What do you think? any suggestions?

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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2010 06:28:20 PM »

It's doable, for sure, but you may want to invest in a pattern, be sure to use a zipper, and don't be afraid of darts.

Sorry!  I got rushed off last night.  These patterns may work for you:

http://www.simplicity.com/p-1600-misses-dresses.aspx Just shorten the hem.

http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v1151-products-10668.php?page_id=857  If you're feeling adventurous.

http://www.simplicity.com/p-1511-misses-dresses.aspx  You'd need to lower the neck and raise the hem for this one, but the shaping is a bit different.
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2010 06:32:56 PM »

I would say princess seaming would be good for this dress.  I made several dresses just like this back in 96-97, they were princess seamed.  Of course, I wasn't a size 2 either, lol.
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2010 05:20:57 AM »

I agree with the above posts, zippers, darts, princess seams. Also it might be good if you don't have a mannequin to make a duct tape one so you have something to try the dress on while you are working since it needs to be so form fitting.
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2010 09:03:18 AM »

Hi, I think my question was misunderstood... I would like to make a basic tank dress, I have a tank top pattern that I will lengthen. I would just like to know if I can get a similar effect with woven cotton rather than knit.

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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2010 11:11:15 AM »

No, if you use a pattern intended for a knit with a woven instead, the dress won't have enough ease to fit, and if it does, it will bag and gape at the sides.  What everyone here is getting at is that you can make a tank dress, or a dress with the same silhouette, out of a woven, but you have to use a pattern, or at least use shaping methods (princess seams, darts, tucks, etc.) and a closure like a zipper or buttons, to make it fit and be able to get in and out of it.
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« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2010 03:12:02 PM »

No, if you use a pattern intended for a knit with a woven instead, the dress won't have enough ease to fit, and if it does, it will bag and gape at the sides.  What everyone here is getting at is that you can make a tank dress, or a dress with the same silhouette, out of a woven, but you have to use a pattern, or at least use shaping methods (princess seams, darts, tucks, etc.) and a closure like a zipper or buttons, to make it fit and be able to get in and out of it.

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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2010 09:07:37 AM »

stretch fabrics make pattern construction a lot easier, no zips, darts etc!
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« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2010 10:32:27 AM »

stretch fabrics make pattern construction a lot easier, no zips, darts etc!

Thats for sure.  It's a shame that hemming is such a pain the rear.
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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2010 11:47:49 AM »

ghilie oh yes hemming sucks in a big way. using strips of paper (of course its supposed to be tissue, but I never have that) to stop it stretching does help, but to make it perfect handsewing is the only way..sadly
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