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« on: April 08, 2013 07:29:59 AM »

I have bought a Somplicity 6672 pattern with an intention of making a summer dress that I would like to wear to a wedding in August.

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I am stuck with what fabric to pick out for it. A friend has suggested Silk Crepe(with a cotton lawn lining) but this doesnt come cheap. Can any one suggest any fabric which might suit this dress. Something lightweight and drapey would work best?

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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2013 09:43:41 AM »

What about a knit jersey fabric?
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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2013 01:07:22 PM »

I agree a nice drapey jersey.
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2013 03:28:21 AM »

Thank you both, I shall have a browse. My local fabric stores don't have much in terms of crepe!
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2013 02:21:54 PM »

On the back of the pattern envelope it should list suitable fabrics.

Jersey knits are soft and drapey, so are ITY knits. If the pattern is Ok for woven fabrics, challis, crepe de chine, and charmuse are nice, too.

I understand the lack of good, local fabric sources!! I get a lot of my fabric from the internet. My favorites are

http://www.fabricmartfabrics.com/

www.denverfabrics.com

http://www.moodfabrics.com/
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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2013 09:35:11 PM »

i suggest you can use chiffon fabric.
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« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2013 01:34:03 PM »

I like this pattern.  I'll have to look for a Simplicity sale.

have you chosen fabric?
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« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2013 02:05:24 PM »

Hey!

A warning about the pattern - I bought a size 14 and made a mock up first(as I always do with older patterns). The extra fabric at thr front that drapes made me look like I was wearing a maternity dress - I think the drape on this dress would be beautiful on a pregnant woman! I have altered the pattern slightly so that there is less fabric at the front and looks better.

Here is the mock up(made from unwanted cotton bedsheet)



In terms of fabric... I am still undecided - But I have two in mind!!

I have a jersey fabric from fabricland.co.uk


I have not worked with Jersey before, so I have just been looking up advice on tips. As it stretches, i wonder if I can get away without adding the zip at the back, as I have read how tricky it is to sew zips into jersey :/ any advice there?

My other possible choice is a cotton voile from Truro Fabrics (UK) http://www.trurofabrics.com- a great shop a friend told me about. To far to visit in person but their online shop is such a delight in comparison to Fabricland.co.uk!



Both of these fabrics are transparent and require a lining! Boo!!Which ever fabric does not get used will be made into a skater dress i think!

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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2013 09:46:28 AM »

Love that first fabric  Kiss

Regarding the question of the zipper:
If it's a really stretchy  jersey  you won't need one .
If it's a  really tight jersey ,  just use a lot of pins when doing the zipper


I would go for the second fabric for this dress  , buying jersey  without seeing it  can be a bit of a disapointment sometimes
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« Reply #9 on: June 23, 2013 05:02:03 AM »

Both fabrics are very pretty!

If the jersey is stretchy, you might be able to get away without a zipper.

If it isn't quite stretchy enough, stabilize the zipper opening with fusible interfacing before basting or pinning the zipper in place.

A walking foot can make all the difference in the world. Some fabrics are simply unsewable without one. If you decide to use the jersey, I suggest getting a walking foot.
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« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2013 05:37:52 AM »

Thanks for the advice!

I have started making the dress from the jersey fabric and so far so good. Will post when it is finished  Grin

I have read about walking foots before but I can't afford one at the moment - they seem really good(just pricey). I have managed to keep the jersey from puckering etc so far.
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« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2013 12:35:49 PM »

A picture of the dress in the making!!
Fits lovely without a zip being fitted. Will upload when it is 100% finished with lining(it will deffos need lining!)



Best to line with something similar - jersey knit?
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« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2013 01:36:44 PM »

Nice!
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