Good evening sewists
As promised I’m sharing a question weekly from Sew Frugal subscribers who have emailed “Ask a Sewing expert”.
This question is from Jan.
I would like to make this sleeveless pullover dress for my son’s wedding but it is designed for 2 way stretch fabric only. Since I don’t have a 2 way stretch kind of body could I make this out of a more forgiving fabric and add a zipper or neck opening with button to be able to put it on? Is that feasible? What is the best option for me and how do I alter the pattern? Thanks!
Hi Jan, thanks for your question. Yes you can absolutely use a different fabric and add a zipper. Just a few things to keep in mind. The pattern doesn’t call for additional ease because it assumes you will use a two way stretch knit where ease is naturally occurring. You will have to add on the ease and depending on your body type you will have to determine what it belongs. Also remember seam allowances might be different in various locations so make sure you make the adjustments where appropriate. Remember its better to err on the side of excess. You can always take away but adding on is difficult.
Lastly I can’t tell if this garment had facings or not. With some patterns that call for starch knits they is no facing required. You might need to include facing if you are making the sleeveless dress. Hope this helps.
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