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1 STRETCH FABRIC PATTERNMAKING INSTRUCTIONS – JUSTINE PARISH - 2012 INSTRUCTIONS FOR DRAPING WITH STRETCH KNITS PREPARATION TO DESIGN WITH STRETCH FABRICS 1. Sketch first using FLATS body template –no elongation or distortion to the figures - a. front, side, back view 2. Body templates are available on my Blog www.justinelimpusparish.wordpress.com 3. Determine Stretch Ratio – you must buy fabric before you attempt to drape or make patterns. 4. Swim & Stretch Patternmakers specialize in this material and will ask for the stretch ratios before they can make a pattern or a sample STETCH TEST Cut out a 5” x 5” piece of fabric Stretch entire width and length, not just center section. See Stretch Test Worksheet DRAPE PATTERN PIECES ON DRESS FORM FOR STRETCH FABRIC - YOU MUST DRAPE WITH THE ACTUAL FABRIC YOU WILL BE USING FOR THE FINISHED GARMENT. 1. Start by pinning black tape to dress form to determine seam lines. 2. Use black ¼” Twill Tape. 3. Start from Center Front or Center Back and work out toward side seams. 4. Fabric must be straight with the grain line as you add each piece. 5. If garment is symmetrical you can drape ½ of design, 6. Photo and scan into Photoshop to mirror other side and work with color ways to see design options.

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  • 1 STRETCH FABRIC PATTERNMAKING INSTRUCTIONS JUSTINE PARISH - 2012

    INSTRUCTIONS FOR DRAPING WITH STRETCH KNITS

    PREPARATION TO DESIGN WITH STRETCH FABRICS

    1. Sketch first using FLATS body template no elongation or distortion to the figures - a. front, side, back view 2. Body templates are available on my Blog www.justinelimpusparish.wordpress.com 3. Determine Stretch Ratio you must buy fabric before you attempt to drape or make patterns. 4. Swim & Stretch Patternmakers specialize in this material and will ask for the stretch ratios before they can make a pattern or a sample

    STETCH TEST

    Cut out a 5 x 5 piece of fabric

    Stretch entire width and length, not just center section.

    See Stretch Test Worksheet

    DRAPE PATTERN PIECES ON DRESS FORM

    FOR STRETCH FABRIC - YOU MUST DRAPE WITH THE ACTUAL FABRIC YOU WILL BE USING FOR THE FINISHED GARMENT.

    1. Start by pinning black tape to dress form to determine seam lines. 2. Use black Twill Tape. 3. Start from Center Front or Center Back and work out toward side seams. 4. Fabric must be straight with the grain line as you add each piece. 5. If garment is symmetrical you can drape of design, 6. Photo and scan into Photoshop to mirror other side and work with color ways to see design options.

    http://www.justinelimpusparish.wordpress.com/

  • 2 STRETCH FABRIC PATTERNMAKING INSTRUCTIONS JUSTINE PARISH - 2012

    7. Each new piece you add goes under the edge of the previous piece.

    If the seam is too far from the

    apex of the curve

    it may buckle along the edge unless it is stretched tight.

    For looser ease to garment, move the seam closer to the curve apex as shown.

    Note that the seam has been moved and is smoother.

  • 3 STRETCH FABRIC PATTERNMAKING INSTRUCTIONS JUSTINE PARISH - 2012

    MARK THE STITCHING LINES OF EACH PIECE

    Use tailors chalk and draw a line along the edge of the fold and along the matching line on the underneath piece.

    Mark all notches for seam sections that will need to connect precisely such as curves, corners, etc

    MATERIALS TO TRANSFER FABRIC PIECES TO PATTERN PAPER

    All available at ACE Sewing Supply downtown

    Draw cross hair grid line on paper. Paper is dotty pattern paper

    This corresponds to GRAIN and CROSSGRAIN lines on fabric piece. Pin pattern piece to paper.

  • 4 STRETCH FABRIC PATTERNMAKING INSTRUCTIONS JUSTINE PARISH - 2012

    TRANSFER STITCHING AND CUTTING LINES TO PAPER.

    Use pattern marking wheel. It will make holes in the paper, or use carbon transfer paper to transfer dotted lines to paper.

    Remove fabric and redraw lines stitching lines with pattern curves and straight edges.

    Add seam allowance

    1/2 if you are doing a fitting.

    3/8 for production sewing.

    Add pattern piece description, all notations, grain direction, notches, etconto each piece of the pattern.