Have you ever bought knit fabric at the store and wondered why the shirt you made just didn’t hang or feel the same as a ready-to-wear tee?
Have you ever been frustrated sewing with knits? Have you watched your feed dogs try to eat your fabric? Or struggled with skipped stitches?
I started sewing 8 years ago (and more obsessively the last four) and I assure you, that I have had all of these struggles.
When I first started shopping for knits a few years ago, I would try to find something that met the two criteria I thought mattered:
Needless to say, I sewed a few disasters, particularly because I mainly sew for my children. While there are many excellent blog posts on the types of knit fabric and their uses (like this one at The One Little Minute Blog), I want to give you a few of my tips for someone beginning to sew with knits.
Now let’s talk about quality fabric so I can get to my big reveal.
A few years ago, when I made my first tee using the Easy Cap Sleeve Tee pattern by Jocole, I was happy with the results. It wasn’t perfect, but it was nice having a tee that fit my postpartum body well. My reaction was to grab some cheap knits in the apparel section at Wal-Mart. I paid more attention to the price than I did to whether or not these knits would actually work for what I intended. To this day, the knits still sit in the bottom of my stash
drawer room because I haven’t found a pattern for which they will work well.
My cautionary tale isn’t to discourage you from looking at red tag fabrics or at Wal-Mart. I have certainly found fabric there that works well for specific projects. Rather I want to encourage you to give higher-quality knits a try, particularly if you are new to sewing knits. Sewing with the right kind of knit for your project is more likely to lead to success.
I used to see high-quality custom knits in sewing groups on FB and drool, but it bothered me that sewing my own clothes would not be any cheaper than purchasing them. But when I sent back a box of ill-fitting kids’ clothes for the third time, I decided to try a couple yards of custom knits from the Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. I finally was able to make my children a few outfits that not only fit them well, but that were easy to sew because the fabric quality was higher. Most importantly, the prints were on trend and the clothes looked close to RTW when I was done. I have since purchased most of my knit fabrics from the PAB shop. The owner only carries high-quality fabric at a variety of price points and the customer service is stellar.
Shortly after my first sewing experience with custom knits, a preorder opened for PAB’s Christmas fabric. My heart literally skipped a beat when I saw the “O Holy Night” panel and Nativity border print.
I knew that retail did not last long last year, so I went ahead and placed a preorder (at special pricing) of the nativity print and it’s coordinates so I could outfit my 4 children in matching outfits for Christmas. There is still some retail left of the fabric if my post inspires you to sew!
Without further ado, I would like to showcase the first creation from the Christmas preorder.
I sewed a slightly modified Gloria for my oldest daughter. The pattern may look familiar from my last post. My variation of the Gloria below is completely and totally inspired by the sample garment made by the PAB shop owner Amy Hindman.
I am so thrilled! I have been imagining this dress since I placed my preorder in August. It is so nice to have it turn out the way I wanted!
Today I’m happy to share with you the newest pattern from Love Notions…