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« on: September 18, 2006 01:43:35 AM »

Hi!  Im new here and also new to sewing clothes.  I have sewn quite a bit before, curtains, dolls clothes etc, but no "real" clothes. 

I found a pattern for a dress:

(KwikSew 2473).  I like style B, and it does not look to hard to sew.  Smiley

The following fabrics are recommended:
The dresses are designed for light to medium weight woven and firm knit fabrics.   We suggest cotton, cotton blends, silk, rayon, rayon blends, linen types, crepe, shantung or double knit.

So my question is:  Can I use a cotton velour for this dress?  Its 100% cotton with 25% stretch across the grain.  Do you think that would work out, or am I starting a hopeless project?
If not, what other fabric would you recommend?  What is the easiest fabric to start sewing with, that at the same time would look good with this pattern?  (The selection of fabric where I live (Norway) is small and very expensive, so Im getting my fabric from Fabric.com or Wazoodle.com)

I hope some of you talented people can help me!  I am so impressed with the beautiful clothes you make! 

« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2006 06:12:00 AM »

I think velour would be lovely.  Stretch fabrics can be tricky to sew (I'm tackling my first stretch project now!), but I think if you have some patience it will work out for you.  Be sure you use a ball point needle!  If you're concerned, you could try it first with a cheap woven fabric (cotton or a cotton/poly blend) for practice and to see how the pattern fits you.  Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2006 06:16:03 AM »

I think it'll work, but I'm kind of reckless with this sort of hting. Wink Remember to get your tension adjusted right in addition to using a ball point needle. Cut yourself a few bits and sew some straight seams making sure that your machine doesn't chew up the fabric or do something else weird before you touch anything that's part of the actual dress. Stretchy knits bite me in the rear end if I don't do that.

« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2006 03:42:06 PM »

Thank you kemartin2 and Miss Violaceous!   Smiley Smiley Thats great advice, I had certainly used the wrong needle if I hadnt asked about the fabric!

Ill go for the velour then - Ill post some pics when its ready.  (If the results doesnt end up too embarrasing  Wink )

« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2006 05:46:37 PM »

I think you'll have more trouble with the velour crawling than with it stretching...just my 2 cents.  I do think that the pattern will look nice in velour though!
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