Help with Fabric Please!!!!


I need help!
I have been asked to sew bridesmaid dresses from this Vogue Pattern:
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is a tunic, but the bride wants me to just elongate the tunic byattaching 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
Only:
Lightweight Double Knit, Wool Lyra and Cotton Lyrca. But the Bride (who is
a
very good friend) went out and bought 14 meters of Crepe-Back-Satin in the
EXACT
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
possible
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
have
less stretch than a Knit but I'm hoping someone will tell me that I can do
this
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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Reply to
sopzebub
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 opinion! Barbara in SC
Reply to
Bobbie Sews More
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, OR 2. Select a suitable -fabric- for the -pattern- she selected,
then obviously the bride has no clue (or sense) and I would run screaming from that project.
Period
Full Stop
Reply to
Janice
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 meters!
Since she loves the fabric color so much, finding another pattern would really be the way to go, though.
Good luck, Pora
Reply to
wurstergirl
BTDTGTTS
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.
Sharon
Reply to
Sharon Hays
"Sharon Hays" ...
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 schemes?
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.
U.
Reply to
Ursula Schrader
Ursala said
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.
Reply to
Chris R
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.
Reply to
Pogonip
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.
Pora
Reply to
wurstergirl
On May 29, 1:11 pm, whitneysloan_at_gmail_dot snipped-for-privacy@foo.com (sopzebub) wrote:
Whitney, do you have any update for us on this project?
Pora
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wurstergirl

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