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Stretch Kint Patterns

imd1tnt | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I want to make McCall’s pattern #5423, but don’t want to use stretch knit fabric as suggested–any ideas on how to use a stretch knit only pattern with a fabric other than stretch knit.



  1. jjgg | | #1

    I bet that would work in a woven, they may say knit for the drape, try it up in muslin and see what happens

  2. starzoe | | #2

    I wouldn't sew up a knit pattern with a woven fabric. Patterns for knits are designed smaller to allow for the stretch. The answer would be (wait for it) - a sloper made up in a woven fabric before making the plunge.

  3. ryansmum | | #3

    That cute dress may work well in a woven. Do you require the stretch to get it over your head or body. If it does put in a zipper. The neckline is so low that you just might be able to get away without a zipper.


  4. sewelegant | | #4

    I looked up the pattern out of curiosity (!?) What a simple dress and what great style.  I too think the "knits only" must be because of the drapiness.  Without the drape you do not get the effect you want.  Does the fabric suggestions tell you any more?  I would make it in a knit first to see how it looked.  My daughter sent me some knit she got in NYC on a shopping trip and she said the ladies were all wearing drapey knit dresses!  If you have something else you want to use like a challis I can see that working.  If I used challis, I think I might just add a little to the side seams if I needed it instead of going up a size as they always suggest when using a pattern designed for knits on non stretch fabric.  You might not need a bigger neckline!  Good luck.

  5. imd1tnt | | #5

    Thank you all for the suggestions.  I think I WILL go with a knit. I have to travel pretty far away from home to find decent fabric.  I don't like internet shopping too much.  I like to feel the fabric :-).

    Happy Holidays to all of you!

    1. starzoe | | #6

      You can take the measurement of the pattern at the hip and bust and transfer them to the fabric, maybe loose basting or pinning so you can try it on your body, just to get a feel of how it will translate the fabric. No need to cut anything, simple draping and fitting should give you a good idea if it is going to work or be too tight to wear.

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