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wrap dress

sewfar | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

I am interested in making a wrap dress in the 1970’s Diane Von Fuerstenberg style but I am having touble finding stretch jersey print fabric.  I guess I am looking for the poly double knits of yore.  As I am not sure how well it will look on my 2006 figure I do not want to invest a lot in my trial fabric.  Any suggestions for sources of knit dress fabric?.


  1. Teaf5 | | #1

    Joann's is now carrying some very supple knits in their Sew Comfy section of sleepwear, in patterns and colors that don't look like sleepwear. They remind me very much of those DVF wrap dresses--how I loved those, and now they're coming back! You could use this for your test run and have something lovely and comfortable to wear around the house.

    If your 2006 body wore the original DVF dresses and looks good in them now, congratulations on aging exquisitely!

    1. sewfar | | #4

      Thank you all for your advice on fabric and prints.  Maybe I had better  try one on to see how my 2006 lumps and bumps fare before I get too ambitous ! 

  2. antibelle | | #2

    I would recommend a four way strech knit, in a higher end fabric like you would find at emmaonesock.com. I have been making a similar dress for the boutique I work for, and found that a knit with moderate 2-way stretch didn't have the give and fluidity that the style calls for. And be very concerned about what pattern you want to cover your entire body with! aka, how bold are you? But I do think a print is important because the style is rather undecorated, and the print gives "visual texture" so that minor lumps and bumps of the body aren't the focus as they would be on a field of color stretched over the body. The style has been popular for us and I made one for myself because it's so comfortable.

    1. sueb | | #3

      I'm confused... if a fabric is a 2 way stretch wouldn't it also be a 4 way stretch since the fabric would stretch both warp and weft and also on the bias directions.   What makes a 4 way stretch fabric different from a 2 way? 

      1. suesew | | #5

        a 2 way stretch can mean just one way actually, side to side OR lengthwise. A 4 way stretch stretches across grain and lengthwise. Go figure.

  3. SewNancy | | #6

    A double knit and a jersey are two different animals. Try http://www.emmaonesock who has wonderful fabrics. Also try Manhattanfabrics.com, but you might want to call them because they have things in the store that don't get onto the website. I was talking to them the other day (Paron Fabrics in NYC) and I was told that they are getting in some silk jerseys. Ask for Lucy if you call them for samples she is a delight. Also, go to Banksvilledesignerfabrics.com. They have a huge selection of fabrics in high quality. You can e mail them for samples or call and ask for Laurie, she is very nice.

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