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cutting out strech fab for a line skirt

denise | Posted in General Sewing Info on

A friend told me that when laying out a stretch fabric for a skirt that is cut on the bias

( woven fabric)  when using stretch fabric i can place it on the pattern as you would a straight skirt as the fabric has stretch.

Can anyone tell me if they have done this please


  1. HeartFire2 | | #1

    This will depend on the drape of the knit fabric. Bias patterns have extra width planned so that the fabric can "drip" when cut on the bias and it gets a lot skinnier(the fabric width). Some knit fabrics can be very stable and not give you that 'drip' effect. A slinky knit on the other hand probably would do it. Generally knits are cut with the greatest stretch going around the body, if you can lay it out this way, you might want to try the greatest stretch going vertical instead.

    Measure the width of the pattern piece for the skirt, then measure that width across your knit, hold it up to you or pin it to a dress form or other object and see if it will hang right.

    Good luck, let us know how it turns out

    1. denise | | #2

      thankyou  for replying.

      I will let you know hope to get some sewing time today.


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