I am trying to learn to love sewing on knits. I should be great at it after getting my coverstitch machine. I have found a few key principles for knits.
1. They all have different degrees of stretch, which determine how tight you must fit a garment. So, most garments need to be made twice.
2. Some are easy to sew on, others are a bear. I am speaking of a shirt from bamboo knit that I wanted to through out the window.
3. It seems the big pattern companies are very generous in their sizing, so go down a size.
4. Clear elastic is your friend.
5. Buy interlock knit with caution. It doesn't hang as well as jersey.
My first top is from Vogue V8649. I made it from Michael Miller interlock knit.
Likes: Cute pattern.
Dislikes: Interlock doesn't drape well. Pattern to large, need to go down a size.
My second top is from Simplicity 2409. I made it from organic cotton jersey.
Likes: Cute design to pattern. I used clear elastic on the seam between the bodice top and the skirt instead of inserting elastic. I really liked the jersey knit. It is the perfect weight for cute t-shirts.
Dislikes: Elastic all the way around makes you look that big around. Pattern also too large in my normal size and I need to go down a size.
This is my old, favorite from Ann Taylor.
I stopped by Joann's on the way home today for a few new patterns from Simplicity. They have a new one that is exactly my old Ann Taylor shirt. Simplicity 1916, View D.
Stay tuned! This experiment is not over until I have the perfect shirt.