April 07, 2017

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Hi there, it's me -- Mandalynn! Thank you {sincerely} for stopping by and supporting my dream and boho chic style. I hope you will find something in my creative space that inspires you. And if you are interested in knowing more about me, my designs and how I ventured into designing sewing patterns...stay tuned, I'll have more up on this page soon :)


Measuring Stretch Percentage

Crosswise Grain

Let's start with crosswise grain (horizontal stretch) which is usually the most important (depending on the pattern of course). Print the stretch gauge from your SSD pattern pieces.

Grab your fabric and fold knit along crosswise grain (selvage should be on the side and fold of fabric at the top).

Place two pins 4" apart below the fold of the fabric.

Holding knit firmly at both pins, stretch the fabric and note the distance stretched beyond its original length. This french terry knit from So Sew English has 60% stretch.

Recovery

If you want to know the recovery of the fabric. release the pulled end of the knit. If the knit returns to its original location, it has excellent recovery. 

This one recovered to 5%, so pretty close!

Lengthwise Grain

Here is how to check the vertical stretch.

Grab your fabric and fold knit along lengthwise grain (selvage should be on the bottom and fold of fabric at the top).

Place two pins 4" apart below the fold of the fabric. Holding knit firmly at both pins, stretch the fabric and note the distance stretched beyond its original length. This fabric has approximately 25% vertical stretch.


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