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cutting out a skirt on monkscloth

Sarahsewso | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I learned to sew while growing up and am trying to get back into sewing. I am making a skirt using monkscloth (stretches in one direction). The skirt has three panels top, middle and bottem. The top panel includes the entire waist of the skirt and slopes down on one side , the other two panels have a down-sloping direction.

My question regards cutting out the skirt. Should I lay the pattern out so that the direction of the stretch goes from side to side?  That seems the most logical since that would offer the stretch needed when sitting down or just bending.

The fabric is nice and I want to start this project out on the right foot.




  1. HeartFire2 | | #1

    does your pattern call for stretch fabric? if so it should tell you in which direction to have the stretch. Otherwise, I would not use stretch fabric for this

    1. Sarahsewso | | #3

      Thanks for your input. The pattern is 4966 Simplicity and it does not specifically say stretch fabric but it says you can use wool and wool blends and  wool does have a give to it.  I see what you are saying and maybe this is not a good idea.


      1. HeartFire2 | | #8

        I looked your pattern up, its cute, but I would not use a stretch fabric for it. Wool having a 'give' to it and a 'stretch' are tow very different things

        1. Sarahsewso | | #9

          Again thankyou. I think I will go look for another pattern for the monkscloth and different material for the skirt. Oh well!

           Have a good day.


  2. MaryinColorado | | #2

    The pattern layout diagram should tell you which way to lay it out as some pieces might have to be cut in one layer only and some with the fabric folded.  Usually you do want the stretch to go across the widest parts of the body.  Knits will often end up with an uneven hem and the length might even keep "growing" if you cut them wrong.  I once made a bathing suit without enough stretch in the length which was a total waste of expensive fabric.  Each pattern should specify if it is for knits or wovens or fleece, etc.  For knit patterns, there is even a little rectangle guide that tells how much stretch should be in the fabric and if a two way stretch is needed.

    Hope this helps!  Mary

    1. Sarahsewso | | #4

      Thanks for your input. Heartfire2 advised against using this fabric if stretch fabric isn't suggested on the pattern so maybe I should not use it but I think this would look so nice and I don't have any other plans for the material. I'm still debating about what to do.

      This is fun to have someone to talk to about sewing. It is my first try at this.



      1. MaryinColorado | | #5

        Everyone here is ready to jump in and help with whatever our needs are at all hours of the day and night.  I love this forum. 

        I haven't heard of a stretch fabric called Monk's cloth.   The Monk's Cloth I am familiar with is a very soft cotton, you can see the crosswise weave in it, usually only comes in white or cream, and has been around forever.  It's used for heavy dishtowels and tablecloths, placemats even.  It fringes very well at the edges too.

          Where did you find your Monk's Cloth?  Do you know who the textile company is?  I am so curious about this! I would love to check it out!  Mary

        1. Sarahsewso | | #6

          Hi MAry,

           I bought this at Joann's Fabrics. I don't know what company made it. I have heard of the traditional monk's cloth that you are speaking of too. This one is a heavier fabric and more for winter wearing I think. I bought it around Christmas and am slow getting started. It is soft and almost swuede-like on the right side. I have two contrasting pieces and one has machine embroidery on it.


          1. MaryinColorado | | #7

            Thanks, I'll have to stop by Joannes and check it out.  Mary

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