Thursday, March 1, 2012

Working with Knits!

The first time I ever tried to sew with a knit fabric it. was. a. disaster. The fabric got all stretched out, the hem was too thick, and the thread kept popping. Clearly I had no idea what I was doing. But I didn't let that deter me and I decided to try again.

As I've mentioned I'm sewing through Brett Bara's book Sewing in a Straight Line. In her book she has a very cute cardigan that is made from, you guessed it, a knit fabric. So I went out and I found a very nice knit fabric that went really well with the fabric I got for my one hour skirt.

I'll admit I was really nervous because it was the first time I had made a top, and obviously because I was working with knits. But I think it came out pretty good. 


Now that I've completed this project I'm actually a huge fan of knits! There are just some things that you have to do to make it successful:

  1. Let the fabric move at it's own pace, you can't rush knits.
  2. Don't tug on the fabric as you're sewing, that will stretch out your fabric.
  3. Use a zigzag stitch or another stretch stitch.
  4. Leave your hems undone if you're nervous about hemming, knits don't fray! :o)

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  1. Wow! I'm impressed. I want to make a few summer dresses too, but so far haven't made anything close to wearable. Wonderful job!

    1. Thank you :o) Don't give up on making dresses, did you see my first attempt at this? It wasn't good lol


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