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That permanently crinkly fabric…..

ellgie | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Does anyone have any ideas for simple top (blouse) patterns for that permanently crinkly fabric? It is a “fancy” fabric…in something like a satin (a woven not a knit) but in permanent very fine wrinkles/creases/teeney pleats; very stretchy. I am not sure how else to describe this fabrics…I have seen it ready-made into simple pullover tops. I tried to make it into a very simple boxy top and it ended up looking just like that….a box. Thanks for any ideas.


  1. MegVT | | #1

    What about a tank top?  You are absolutely right that this fabric requires a simple pattern.  One of the best things my sister-in-law taught me is that a knock-out fabric screams for a simple/plain pattern.  If you want to make a shirt, can you find a non-stretchy fabric to use for the collar and cuffs?


    1. ShannonG4d | | #2

      Silhouette Patterns has a top pattern specifically for this type of fabric.



      1. MarieC | | #3

        Does anyone have any tips for sewing with this fabric? I get a lot of skipped stitches. Also, the fabric flattens under the presser foot, thus causing horizontal seams to "grow". Suggestions, anyone?

        1. ellgie | | #4

          Good question. I have just cup my two (only) pieces for a top out of my "crinkle" fabric and am ready to sew... shall I use the overlock stitch on my Genome? a zigzag? Thanks for any advice.

          1. Teaf | | #5

            No matter what stitch or machine you use, be sure to loosen the pressure foot tension (usually top left of standard machines) so that it doesn't flatten out the crinkles! Test on a scrap, and keep loosening the pressure foot tension until the fabric is barely pressed against the feed dogs--you should be able to slide the fabric back and forth a bit while the foot is down. With this light tension, the foot will glide lightly over the crinkles, and the stitching will hold the two layers together without flattening the fabric. Hold the fabric in front of and behind the needle very lightly, too, so that you won't distort the stitch length or the crinkles. It sounds like a beautiful top--good luck!

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