(Re)learning to check the stretch factor

Really. I should know better In fact, I DO know better. But sometimes that does not prevent me from doing something stooo-pid. Like using a super-duper stretchy mesh knit fabric on a pattern designed for fabric with approximately 25% stretch. Without modifying the pattern (enough) to compensate. Sigh. You would think after sewing for over 40 years…grrrr.

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The little stretch guide on the back of the pattern envelope shows that this pattern is designed for an inch of stretch for every 4 inches of fabric. Mesh has almost 100% stretch!! I am holding approximately 4 inches of the mesh here:

stretched mesh fabric

Um, yeah. As you can see, I can easily stretch it beyond the end of the pattern envelope.

stertched mesh fabric

 What was I thinking? I am pretty sure I was just captivated by the purple. Or maybe my brain was disengaged the day I decided to mate this fabric and pattern. I really had to laugh the first time I tried it on. GI-normous. My dress form is a bit smaller than I am, but you get the idea. Nothng like a sloppy knit to make a girl feel special!

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See how the princess seam for this top fall almost to the outside of my shoulder line?  (My index finger is at the edge of  the dress form)

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Sheesh! I  made a few feeble attempts to take in enough so this top didn’t look 4 sizes too big for me, but the effort-to-benefit ratio just did not make it worth my time. It has been quite a while since I threw a garment away, but this one went into the trash. It was one, hot mess of a knit top. Lesson learned, and hopefully not forgotten anytime soon!

Happy sewing!

Maris

One Response to (Re)learning to check the stretch factor

  1. Jane says:

    how sad is that?! A mistake you will not make anytime soon….

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