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Converting ####pattern to a jersey fa…

artistic1 | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi Everyone! I have a charity benefit to go to and have this fabulous pattern . Butterick4657. I have had this dress pattern for a while in search of the perfect fabric. I found some beautiful slinky metallic like jersey in both royal blue and red(cant decide which) This pattern is not for knits or stretch fabrics is it possible to convert it??If so how?? Would I cut a size smaller? Thanks!!!!


  1. KharminJ | | #1

    That's a really lovely pattern! http://www.butterick.com/item/B4657.htm The first questions to answer are: "Just how stretchy is the fabric?" and "In which direction(s)?" Fersure, use the With-Nap layout, consider underlining the bodice, and let the almost-done dress "hang-out" for several days before you mark and hem it. The weight and bias of the skirt will change how it hangs.If you're pretty sure the dress wouldn't need alterations for a woven fabric, I'd go ahead and use your "right size" cutting lines. You can always use bigger seam allowances (stitching to the smaller size, rather than cutting) to take in any noticeable extra.... Seems to me that cutting a size smaller risks going too far. Kharmin

  2. starzoe | | #2

    I have had a look at the pattern, and I wouldn't suggest it in a knit; a knit, no matter how lightweight will not move and flow as this dress is meant to do. It's meant to float with the fabrics suggested.

  3. Ocrafty1 | | #3

    Artistic 1,

    I sometimes like to use fabrics that are not recommended, too. If you are determined to do it, you MUST make a 'muslin' out of a similar fabric. Try to find one with similar stretch, and weight...look for remnants. You may be able to have to buy several different remnant pieces to get the amount of fabric that you need...that's OK..no one will see it but you....  Otherwise, your final project won't turn out the way you envisioned. 

    I start out with my correct size, but always leave at least 1" seams...even in a stretch fabric can not have enough stretch in the right places. And with a 'muslin' you aren't ruining your fashion fabric if it doesn't work. Just be sure, if it DOES work, that you make a stable pattern, either out of actual muslin or something else, so you'll have that pattern for future reference. I always put mine in a 'baggie' with a list of all of the notes and changes that I'll want to remember...'cause I know I won't remember later...and I put the date on the notes...Guess that's part of getting 'old timer's.'


    1. artistic1 | | #4

      Thanks so much that is a great idea! I really havent sewn a dress in a while. i used to sew all my clothes when I worked (before children) and would love to get back in the swing of things. I am just trying to remember somethings and of course be perfect!


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