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What do I do with this?

FirecrackerKTM | Posted in Patterns on

I’ve had this for almost a year … bought it from the remnant table because I thought it was COOL, but now I have no idea what to do with it. It’s a very loosely knit synthetic with quite a bit of stretch. I’ve got just over 2 yards of it and it is 60″ wide.

I’m thinking some type of drapey, flirty, fun dress. Anybody have a pattern suggestion????


  1. suesew | | #1

    Wow, that is quite a bright piece of fabric - it definitely goes with your name! How about a smashing beach wrap?

  2. dollmarm | | #2

    Wow, wow and wow  I agree with Suesews !  

    There are so so many ideas ! 
    If you have a fun/exercise room you make drapes to the side with another sheer in the middle or make the curtain tops. 

    I have bought material just for the fact I liked it and had no clue.  One day it will come to you esp, when you are shopping and then, wow - it hits you and off you go to find that pattern or that way to design it. 
    I love looking in the Design catalogs and magazines for new interesting ideas Try that and see if anything inspires you. 
    I love those pieces of fabric that captivate your curiosity !! 

    You do have a wonderful piece.  I bought one that gradually went from light to dark purple and I made a dress that was fitted at the bust and then slowly flowed out and this material was perfect for that pattern. 

    Enjoy,  :~)

  3. Gloriasews | | #3

    How wide are the stripes?  Depending upon that & your own size, a dress could work if it's not too structured.  You would have to have the stripes run vertically & you'd have to line or underline the garment, whatever it turns out to be - a jacket, maybe? A caftan? A robe?  A blouse?  As Tera suggested, look in books & mags & see if you can envision your fabric in any of the styles.  It's very interesting fabric &, with the colours in it, I can see why it caught your eye.


  4. rodezzy | | #4

    A beach wrap skirt, poncho, shrug, lightweight cardigan, shawl, summer tunic, summer skirt, outdoor chair cushion w/zipper or buttons, small summer tablecloth w/napkins, halter top w/flirty skirt, bathroom curtains, shower curtains, summer throw, tunic top w/white pants/skirt. 

  5. Teaf5 | | #5

    If those stripes are horizontal, a knee-length caftan might work. The stripes would go across your shoulders and down the arms, and the open-mesh would make it a nice breezy coverup for the beach or poolside.

    A shawl and oversized tote would work, too. Then you could use both more often and enjoy your treasure.

  6. GailAnn | | #6

    Some fabrics just have to be "Aged until their moment of Perfection"! Gail

  7. WandaJ | | #7

    How about a purse?

  8. SAAM | | #8

    How about something like Simplicity 3775. You could have fun using the stripes in different directions. View E calls for two and an eighth yards, but you may be able to get it out if you leave off the overlay at the waist. I guess the tricky bit would be matching your stripes. That may make it difficult to get a dress out of the yardage you have.


    1. FirecrackerKTM | | #9

      That's a nice one ... I almost wish I'd seen that! I picked up a Vogue dress and cut it out, and got some swimsuit lining to use as underlining (the knit is open enough to make me worry about modesty).So, we'll see how it goes. I don't think I matched the stripes very well (I tried, but it's the first time I have done this) but I think it might not look too terrible since it has a full skirt and a contrast band separating the bodice from the skirt.

      1. SAAM | | #10

        I look forward to seeing a picture when you're done. I'm sure it will be beautiful.Sherry

  9. nmog | | #11

    I've just found Butterick 5035 and it's my favourite new knit pattern.


    It doesn't look anything like the sketches but does look like the photo. It is basically a square of fabric folded in half and sewn up one side - there is only one side seam. You can finish the edges or not. It might look great with those stripes!
    Good luck.

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