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I have been sewing for many years, with varied success, mostly on woven fabrics and I use Wild Ginger Pattern making software because my body is hard to fit. Because I do not typically sew on stretch fabrics, I have no construction instructions to refer to so I am looking for help from my fellow sewers. I am trying to work on different types of fabrics to increase my sewing skills and have recently purchased a stretch knit with cross grain stretch of about 3" and on grain about 1.5". When I draped the fabric I noticed that the pattern was more flattering when I used the cross grain for the length of the dress instead of cutting it on grain. I have read some of the posts on using stretch fabric cut on the cross grain (appreciated the tips on measuring stretch) but they didn't address my questions or fabric as stretchy as mine. Any help to the following questions would be appreciated:
1. With so much cross grain stretch should I just abandon this project and save myself some grief?
2. If I interface the shoulder, neck and armhole areas (like a tailored jacket) will the stretch/droop of the fabric be controlled enough?
3. Would making a top/tunic instead of a dress help with the lengthwise stretch?
4. Thinking of using one of my woven fabric patterns with traditional ease because the stretch across the body would be reduced. Is this a correct assumption?