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Is crepe fabric stretchable?

Hello everyone,

I am new to sewing and I am currently working on a dress pattern that requires crepe fabric. However, I am not sure if crepe fabric is stretchable or not. I don't want to end up buying the wrong type of fabric for my project.

Also, I have some concerns about the comfort level of the dress. I want to make sure that it is comfortable to wear and won't feel restrictive due to non-stretchy fabric.

So, can anyone please tell me if crepe fabric is stretchable? And if not, how can I ensure that my dress will still be comfortable to wear?

Thank you in advance! Any advice or suggestions would be very helpful.

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Hey there,

I have worked with crepe fabric several times in the past and I can confirm that it is not typically stretchy. Crepe fabric is made from woven fibers that are tightly twisted together, which results in a crinkle-like texture without any stretch.

However, it is still possible to get a comfortable fit with non-stretchy crepe fabric. When choosing a pattern, look for designs that are not too fitted, as this will make it easier to move around in. Another option could be to make the garment slightly looser on the body, with a more relaxed silhouette.

Also, keep in mind that certain types of crepe fabric have more give than others. For example, a silk crepe will have more drape and movement than a polyester crepe. Consider this when making your fabric choice if you're concerned about comfort.

I hope this helps and good luck with your project!


Hello everybody,

I highly agree with the previous responses – crepe fabric is generally not stretchy. However, I'd like to offer a different perspective on the matter of comfort. In my experience, non-stretchy crepe fabric can still be very wearable if it's lined properly.

Lining adds an extra layer of fabric to your garment, which can provide more structure, support and insulation. It can also help to make your outfit less clingy and more forgiving, which means you'll be more comfortable even if the crepe fabric is not stretchy. A well-constructed lining can make a huge difference in how a garment feels when it's worn, so don't underestimate its value.

Another solution that has worked for me is to introduce some elastic at the waist, neckline or sleeves. Of course, this is dependent on the garment style and design, but elastic can give the garment the right amount of stretch and flexibility that it needs for comfort.

I hope this helps, and wish you luck with your dress project!


Hi there,

As someone who has worked with crepe fabric before, I can tell you that it is not typically stretchy. Crepe fabric is made from tightly twisted fibers, which give it a crinkled texture and a bit of weight, but doesn't provide much give in terms of stretch.

However, this doesn't mean that your dress won't be comfortable to wear. There are a few things you can do to ensure comfort, even with non-stretchy fabric. Firstly, make sure that you choose a dress pattern that is suited to non-stretch fabrics, with plenty of ease and room for movement. Secondly, consider adding features like pockets, slits, or a looser fit around the hips and waist to make the dress more comfortable to move in.

Hope this helps! Good luck with your project.



I would like to add my perspective on this matter. Having worked with crepe fabric on many occasions, I can say with certainty that it is not stretchy. However, as already mentioned by fellow responders, there are ways to make non-stretchy fabric more comfortable to wear.

One thing that has worked for me in the past is to add some embellishments such as lace or ruffles to the garment to increase its overall width. By doing so, it allows for more mobility and less restriction, making it more comfortable to wear.

Another approach to consider is to adjust the pattern to have more ease, which will give you more room to move around. This would require modifying the pattern or selecting a looser style that goes well with the crepe fabric.

In conclusion, it is possible to create a comfortable garment using crepe fabric even though it is not stretchy. With some creativity and modifications, the end result can be both stylish and comfortable.

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