Wednesday, September 28, 2011

(The Pain of) Sewing Jersey Knits

Knits have been the bane of my existence since I started sewing. They look so darn cute and (deceptively) easy to do. Turns out I made a few totally rookie errors when I bought my fabric that have lead to my unhappy existence with knits. So here's a few suggestions of things to watch out for if you want to tackle the wonderful (and sometimes painful) world of knits:
1. Don't buy cheap fabric. I was just starting out so I thought it was a good idea. Cheap fabric rarely makes a garment look finished, beautiful and store-bought.
2. Avoid thin (and as I mentioned, cheap) jersey knit as a beginner. Thin knits often make for curling edges which makes it so, so, so hard to line up the edges, let alone cut.
3. Take the time to find a pattern that was ideal for the fabric. If you are working with a good pattern, turn it over and look at the top of it. There should be a stretch guide where you literally stretch an inch or so of fabric to see if it is the right stretch for that pattern. Brilliant, no?
4. Avoid patterns that don't look good with your body type. Duh, right? Knits can be super tight fitting, but a loose fitting knit can be equally unattractive so taking the time to make sure that your measurements are correct is essential! I'd also recommend trying on a few of the styles you want to make in the store first before trying to make them.

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