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« on: March 19, 2006 05:13:19 AM »

I bought some fabric - cotton weave, 45" wide when left to crinkle, 60" wide when pulled taut.  The crinkles are built into the fabric.  This isn't the same fabric that's used in broomstick skirts - it's a bit different.

I'm planning on sewing a kameez - a tunic down past my knees with side slits at the hips.

Areas of concern: 

The neckhole. I can either do facing with interfacing or I can make self-bias tape, and have pretty much decided on self-bias due to the less-hassle factor.  I'm planning to not stretch the fabric, ie leave it as crinkled as it is without interference from me, and paying particular attention to making sure the shape of the neckhole stays as it should.

I'm planning to make it a one-piece dress with magyar sleeves - the design of the fabric allows for this. Just stitch up the sides, hem it, and do the neck and be done.

I can't think of a better way to deal with the fabric when I haven't sewn with this type of fabric before, and that way, I don't have to deal with as many sewing issues where the crinkles will out-crinkle.  Also, I've debated the straight stitch/zig zag stitch bit, and figured that, since it's not a knit, but a weave, it makes more sense to do a straight stitch to give the material the stability I think it needs.

If anyone has any better, suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2006 11:21:05 AM »

Having made a kameez out of a similar material (though I made mine sleeveless and used pins to keep stuff even for a change) I have to say I love bias tape, lol, it came out beautifully, though I sewed together the rest of the top with my serger.  I have purchased other tops of this type of material with the simple straight stitching and they've held together for years.  If there is a better or easier way to do this I too would love to hear about it.

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