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Copying pattern onto different fabric

tricone | Posted in General Discussion on

Hi all

I want to make a shirt for my husband using a shirt he loves. I am happy copying it onto a muslin. But I do want to make the shirt in a tweed fabric.
1. Do i need to make any specific alterations if i am not using the same fabric that the shirt was originally made in i.e denim.
2. Will it come up bigger in tweed?

Many thanks 🙂



  1. jjgg | | #1

    If the tweed is a much looser weave, then yes, the tweed may stretch a bit and the shirt will seem bigger. If the fabric you are using is a lot thicker (heavier) there may be small amounts extra taken up in the turn of the cloth, but I really don't think you would notice any of these differences.

    As far as fabric weights and things go, fabrics that are stiffer will need less ease than sheer thin fabrics - imagine a blouse or skirt made from silk chameuse, it flows in wonderful luscious folds and drapes, now take the same pattern (lots of drape) and make it out of firm cotton duck or canvas. You would have so much fabric it would be ridiculous. This is an extreme example, but it shows you how to deal with different weights of fabric.

    1. tricone | | #2

      Hi jjggMany thanks for taking the time to explain this to me. I do appreciate it.
      I will let you know how i get on with it.......Thanks and happy sewing.:)

  2. Tangent | | #3

    Maybe mentioning this is unnecessary, but pre-wash your fabric before cutting.  It's so frustrating to spend the time to make an item, and then it shrinks or stretches sideways, or diagonally....

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