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« on: April 03, 2007 10:54:28 AM »

I found my mother's old Simplicity patterns, and decided to make a dress. In the cutting layouts it says something like: 35'', 36'' (90cm) without nap.

What does "without nap" mean?

Thanks! Cheesy
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2007 11:06:22 AM »

Fabrics with nap have a sheen to them that looks different from different angles, for instance corduroy or velvet. It basically means that when you have a fabric with nap you would have to cut all the pieces in the same direction or it would end up looking funny. When using a fabric without nap you don't have to be as careful with your layout.
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2007 11:09:55 AM »

Oh, OK! then I have nothing to worry about.. Thank you!
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2007 05:25:41 PM »

It can also mean the fabric has a directional pattern... like if it has fairies, their heads all point the same direction.  So if you aren't careful, you could end up with the pattern on the front of your item facing "rightside up" and the pattern on the back facing "upside down".  If the print is random, it's w/o nap.  If you can tell a difference in the print when you turn the fabric 180 degrees, then it's w/ nap.  Then you have to be careful about the direction you lay out the pattern pieces and you  may need more fabric to make all the pieces fit. 

I don't know if diagonals, stripes, and checks are "officially" considered w/nap but they also require extra fabric so you can match up the lines.

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