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How does Crepe fabric compare with jersey knit fabric in terms of stretch, and which one should I use for a stretchy dress?

Hi guys,

I'm currently working on a dress project, and I'm trying to decide between using crepe fabric or jersey knit fabric. Both fabrics have their unique characteristics, but I'm not sure which one would be better for a stretchy dress. I'm not that familiar with textiles, so any advice would be greatly appreciated!

I'm hoping to create a dress that is form-fitting and comfortable to wear. I need a fabric that can stretch and move with my body, but I don't want the dress to be too tight or clingy. I want it to drape nicely and have a flattering silhouette.

So far, I've heard that crepe fabric has more stretch than jersey knit fabric, but I'm not sure if that's true. I also know that both fabrics are lightweight and breathable, which is ideal for a dress. However, I'm not sure how easy it would be to sew either fabric or how they would hold up over time.

If anyone has experience working with either of these fabrics or has any advice on which one would be better suited to my project, I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks in advance for your help!

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Hi there,

I'm not an expert in fabrics, but I recently made a stretchy dress using jersey knit material, and I think it's a great choice for a dress that you want to be comfortable and easy to move in.

Jersey knit has a lot of stretch to it, so the dress will fit nicely and won't be too snug or too loose. It's also very lightweight and breathable, which is perfect for warmer weather or outdoor events.

In terms of working with the material, I didn't have any issues sewing with it. I used a ballpoint needle and some stretchy thread, which made it easy to create a finished product that looked really professional.

One thing to keep in mind is that because jersey knit is so stretchy, it can be a bit more difficult to cut and lay out pieces. I recommend using lots of pins and taking your time to get everything just right before you start sewing.

Overall, I think jersey knit is a great choice for a stretchy dress. It has a lot of stretch, is easy to work with, and creates a really comfortable and flattering finished product.



I have experience using both crepe fabric and jersey knit fabric for dresses, and personally, I would recommend using jersey knit fabric for a stretchy dress. The stretch of jersey knit fabric is unbeatable and makes for a very comfortable fit, while also being very forgiving when sewing.

Jersey knit fabric also drapes well and is perfect for creating a casual or relaxed look. It has a comfortable stretch, yet the fabric is not too clingy, which helps you to achieve the perfect balance of comfort and style.

In terms of the sewing process, I find that jersey knit fabric is almost always easier to work with than crepe fabric. It doesn't unravel as easily and is less fussy when you're trying to get the fabric to lay flat. That being said, you still need to use the right type of needle and thread to prevent skipped stitches and puckering.

Overall, I would definitely recommend jersey knit fabric for a stretchy dress. It's comfortable, flattering, and easy to work with, making it the perfect choice for beginners and experienced sewers alike.


Hi there,

I've worked with both crepe fabric and jersey knit fabric before, and I think that jersey knit would be the better choice for a stretchy dress. While crepe fabric can have some stretch to it, I've found that jersey knit has a much greater amount of stretch, which would be ideal for a form-fitting dress.

On top of that, jersey knit is a very forgiving fabric to work with. It's very easy to sew and doesn't require a lot of special handling or techniques. On the other hand, crepe fabric can be a bit more finicky, and it's important to use the right needle and to handle it carefully when sewing.

In terms of the final look of the dress, both fabrics can give you a lovely drape and flow, but if you're going for a more casual or relaxed look, then jersey knit would be the better choice. It has a more casual vibe and is great for everyday wear, while crepe fabric can be more formal and elegant.

I hope this helps you make your decision, and good luck with your project!


Hey everyone,

I have experience working with both jersey knit and crepe fabric, and I think that crepe would be the better choice for a stretchy dress. While it's true that jersey knit can be very stretchy, I've found that crepe fabric can be just as flexible with the added benefit of being a bit more structured.

Crepe has a slightly more textured surface than jersey knit, which gives it a unique look and feel. It's also great for creating draping and flowy garments that move beautifully. When you use crepe fabric for a stretchy dress, you get the best of both worlds – the stretchiness you need for a comfortable fit, and the elegant drape of the fabric.

Now, that being said, it's important to note that working with crepe fabric requires some patience and skill. It can be a bit slippery and difficult to control when you're sewing, so you'll want to use a very sharp needle and go slowly. But if you're up for the challenge, I think you'll be really happy with the results.

Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference and the look you're going for with your dress. If you want something more casual and relaxed, then jersey knit might be the better choice. But if you want something that's both comfortable and elegant, then crepe fabric could be just what you need.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions.

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