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right fabric with right pattern – again?

smfilet | Posted in General Discussion on

Ralphetta, thanks.  I’m confused, I’ve found some patterns that say silk rayons, jersey knits, but none that say polyester rayon lycra – is it a hit and miss kind of thing or do I keep looking for the right pattern?

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  1. sewchris703 | | #1

    The fabrics that the pattern suggest to use are all soft drapy fabrics.  When draped over your hand, does the polyester rayon lycra fabric drape well, fall in soft folds from your hand?  Or does it feel and look stiff, wanting to fall without folding?  If you're not sure go to the fabric store, find the fabric that the pattern calls for and do the same thing.  Then you can go home and try it with your fabric or bring your fabric to the store to compare.  Without handling the fabric I hesitate on offering my opinion.

    Chris

  2. lovetoxstitch | | #2

    Fabric Choice

    My question would be how much lycra is in the fabric? If it is a small amount then you can choose a pattern that is semi-fitted, but if it is a larger percentage of lycra, like if you use the stretch gage on the back of patterns designed for stretch knits only, and it stretches 3-4 inches then you need to pick a pattern designed for stretch knits only. Sounds like it might be a small percentage of lycra, so you could probably use a pattern for wovens with no problem. The other posts are right as far as following the fabric suggestions on the back of the pattern. I have been sewing for most of my life, 30 years or so, and I have made a ton of failed experiment outfits, and most of them were because I used the wrong fabric with the wrong pattern. I eventually got it right! You know the old saying, once you learn the rules, you get to break them! Hope this helps.

    Cecile

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