American Duchess Cape Sewalong - Materials - due Oct 3

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  1. Dovienya el'Korim

    Dovienya el'Korim Mistress of Slacking Aes Sedai Headmistress

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  2. Narysse a'Jahar

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    I went to our local yarn shop today because it's also a quilt shop, and talked to the owner about the fabric. She suggested that I get a type of bias tape for sewing in all the seams because I'm using two knit fabrics. She did say I was on the right track with the idea of padd stitching everything together because it's such slippery fabric!
     
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    Do you mean using some tape to stabilize the seams? Sounds like a good plan! I'm honestly not sure if a twill tape (no stretch) would be better or if you want a little bit of stretch (like in bias tape) since the fabric stretches.
     
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    Yeah, she said if I don't use it the seams won't hold up because the fabrics are both knit. She has the stuff for cotton/rayon/polyester blends but not knits. I also will probably want to get some interfacing specifically for knits, which she also doesn't carry. Not sure if Joanns or Michael's will have what I need, and neither have good knowledgeable customer service for help with projects the same way the LYS does.
     
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    When you get interfacing, don't get the stuff that feels like paper with little dots. You want a woven fusible, not a non-woven fusible (the nonwoven stuff doesn't stretch. Great for making masks though!). Joann carries both kinds (even the crappy joann near me), so you should be able to find it.

    The other thing you could use is a clear elastic, this is what commercial stuff uses in things like shoulders so they don't stretch.

    Depending on how the fabric is made, another thing that could work is actually using a strip of the selvage (but only do this if the selvage is noticeable stronger and less stretchy).
     
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    I decided to be nice to myself and use flannel that was on sale at JoAnns I stead of the knit fabrics. I will probably still use the grey for my lining, but the flannel I got is in Blackwatch plaid, my granddad's tartan! I think this will be a LOT better to work with.
     
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    That sounds great! I love a good flannel.
     
  8. Narysse a'Jahar

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    Melee, I just looked at the flannel I got and there's a significant white selvedge (it's in Blackwatch tartan) that I will have to trim, so I think I may use that as the seam reinforcement material--I got 3 yards of fabric, so I have 3 yards of selvedge. I'll still use the grey for the lining and will still need to reinforce the seams. Or I may look for some seam tape that would work. I'll get the main flannel sewn up and then see how much I'll need to get based on those seam measurements.
     
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    That's should be plenty!. I think the only place you need to reinforce the seams is right on the shoulders, not the whole length of the seams.

    I looked up Blackwatch tartan and that's going to be beautiful!