Help with Fabric Please!!!!

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I need help!

I have been asked to sew bridesmaid dresses from this Vogue Pattern: ?

it is a tunic, but the bride wants me to just elongate the tunic by
attaching a
portion on to the bottom (and make it look good - which I can do)

But here's my BIG problem. The pattern calls for Two-Way Stretch Knits
Lightweight Double Knit, Wool Lyra and Cotton Lyrca. But the Bride (who is
very good friend) went out and bought 14 meters of Crepe-Back-Satin in the
shade she wants before telling me and now I'm stuck with this fabric.

What I am hoping some expert in fabric will tell me is if it is at all
to sew this pattern with the crepe-back-satin that has already been
purchased to
go with the pattern the bride has requested.

I know that crepe is a woven fabric with some give on the bias and will
less stretch than a Knit but I'm hoping someone will tell me that I can do
and make it work - even if I have to take my time with it.

Thank you to anyone who can help!


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Re: Help with Fabric Please!!!!
If the pattern calls for Two-Way stretch, that is ALL I would use.  The
bride could have very easily have bought a similar pattern that does NOT
call for stretch knit.  Just explain to her that she purchased the wrong
pattern and this one will not work on a non stretch material.  Just my
Barbara in SC

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LMAO!!!  Ask the bride if she would also like you to make a
silk purse from a sow's ear while you're at it.

If the bride cannot be convinced to either:
1. Select a suitable -pattern- for the -fabric- she bought,
2. Select a suitable -fabric- for the -pattern- she

then obviously the bride has no clue (or sense) and I would
run screaming from that project.


Full Stop

Re: Help with Fabric Please!!!!
Wsloan, you are a very kind friend to consider doing this.  Brides are
among the most loopy people on the planet (myself included at the
time), and she wouldn't be the first to choose the wrong fabric for
her preferred pattern.

That said, I can't agree with the others more.  The designer chose
stretch knit for good reasons and your crepe back satin simply cannot
make the crossover.  Is there any chance the bride can return the
fabric if she loves the pattern so much?  14 meters are so easily
returned to the bolt or roll, and with a little begging many places
will take fabric back.  I've done it myself with a lot less that 14

Since she loves the fabric color so much, finding another pattern
would really be the way to go, though.

Good luck,

Re: Help with Fabric Please!!!!
sopzebub wrote:
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Here are a couple other pattern options:

You could add a contrast band.


Re: Help with Fabric Please!!!!
sopzebub wrote:

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Sit her down and calmly explain that this fabric will not, ever, even close,
work with this pattern.  

Nope.  Not even if you....  or.....  Nope will not work, so sorry she didn't
ask you first before purchasing both the pattern and the fabric.  

Cruise through the pattern catalogs online.  Find a pattern that's close and
alter the style details till you get close to what she wants with the
current pattern.  

And hurry up about telling her.  The longer you wait, the worse off both of
you will be.  


Never try to teach a pig to sing.  It's a waste of time and just annoys the

Re: Help with Fabric Please!!!!

"Sharon Hays" ...
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Oh dear, I know that somebody here said that brides are unreasonble (or used
some other expression) but still it is a complete mystery to me why folks
will go through such a hassle for just one single day. True, I'm getting
married and - yes, that dress is some kind of a hassle, too. But at least I
don't force about half a dozen unfortunate females into some pattern and
colour they -worst case - don't even like and look butt-ugly in. What is it
that folks in some parts of the world are so absolutely obsessed with colour

Why aren't they obsessed with the songs during the service in church or the
word from the bible that is read on the occasion (don't get me wrong here,
I'm not very pious, I've got my beliefs but they do somewhat differ from
what goes on in church). Still, I took great pains to get the service more
personlised and pick from the hymnbook and the bible what reflects my
feelings best. Just out of sheer curiosity: Do these
colour-scheme-I-must-have-exactly-this-pattern brides take care of this
aspect of their wedding, too? Is there, in anglo-saxon countries, any
possibility in the wedding service for such choices? I know that even the
Roman Catholic church here allows a lot of personal stuff. Or is it all the
music you know from the movies (whatsit, Lohengrin or some such stuff?).

I'm firmly resolved: On my wedding I hope everybody has a good time because
for me it's a celebration to show my gratitude for what I received. If folks
want to wear potato sacks, go ahead, if they feel fine in them. They will
get nice food, nice drink, nice music and if they drop an little envelope in
our piggy bank, we'll be happy. End. My dress? Well, vanity, I want a nice
dress at least once in my life, but that's just for me, and nobody else will
have to suffer from my grey-green colour scheme.

Come to think of it, my SIL (DB and her are to be wed in July) has a dress
that will make her look like a meringue cake on feet, and between the
ceremony in church and dinner there's a champagne reception. I don't know
about any bridesmaids (I'm fortunately not maidenly enough for a catholic
church, and probably far too fat and tall for her 5'1'').

What I don't get is - why do they make such a fuss about a dress they'll
never wear again. I mean, even if people get a divorce and then re-marry,
they'll never wear the dress from their first wedding (true, I wouldn't
either). But I don't even know about second-hand dresses. Their daughters
will very likely not be able to wear it, either, because of various reasons
(size, fashion, time of year). I can't believe the luxury this custom
reflects or is supposed to reflect. I wonder how many of those brides are
really that well off. Did they have to take up a mortgage to finance the
whole affair...

Oh dear, I'm rambling again, sorry! ;-) End of my 2 c.


Re: Help with Fabric Please!!!!
Ursala said
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obsessed with

In February, we went to another family wedding.  It was the first time
I'd seen a sensible solution to the bride's maid's dresses.  The bride
picked the color scheme and then the brides found dresses in the color,
but the style fit their own body-type.  The bride picked black.... at
least it was an easier color for the girls to find.

Re: Help with Fabric Please!!!!
I dunno.  I kind of had an opposite experience with my own wedding.  I
was so focussed on making sure everyone else was happy that I didn't
really enjoy myself.  To this day I regret not taking that opportunity
to shine in the dress of a lifetime.  Maybe that's some reflection on
my character......

Just a musing.


Re: Help with Fabric Please!!!!
Ursula Schrader wrote:
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No argument from me, Ursula.  It's a silly thing that arose out of envy.
  Wealthy people started putting on spectacular weddings many years ago,
and the aspiring middle class emulated them as much as they were able.
Somehow, I think their hope was that by doing so, they, too, might
become wealthy or upper class.  My mother was married in a suit, which
was the custom in those days for a middle-class wedding.  Not long after
that, though, the big showy wedding started making its appearance across
the U.S.  About the time that debutante balls went into decline, I
think.  Today, there is a huge industry to serve the wedding consumer.
Money that could be spent on a down-payment for a home, or for a nest
egg, or rainy-day fund is being lavished on one day plus often a
honeymoon to an exotic locale.  These events are very stressful, and
frequently the participants are so focused on the presentation that the
principals fade into the background.  So sometimes the bride wakes up a
week or so later to realize that while she's had the big event, she's
married to a stranger or worse, someone she really doesn't like.

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Re: Help with Fabric Please!!!!
On May 29, 1:11 pm, (sopzebub)
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Whitney, do you have any update for us on this project?


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