Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wardrobe Wednesday: Adventures in Knit

I'll admit it.  I buy patterns simply because they are cute and on sale.  That's how this one managed to follow me home.  I couldn't resist the playfulness of it.  I couldn't resist the price tag.
This post will be quick, since I didn't over-burden my camera with photographs for this project.  I decided on my size and copied the pattern onto my giant graph paper.
I fought with the knit until I managed to cut out all the appropriate pieces.
Except for a neck binding, that I ended up doing without a net.  I cut a strip at 2.5" wide by the width of the fabric.  I pressed it and applied to the neck edge before joining it in the back.  I really should have pulled the binding tighter, but this is part of the learning process.
As you can see, it looks like the neckband is stretched out.  That's because I didn't pull it tighter while attaching it.  It isn't fancy, but it is a finished knit project that I can at least wear around the house.  Maybe next time I'll pick better fabric.  Well, better isn't right.  Ipicked a very lightweight knit that proved to be more troublesome than I anticipated.  Just getting it folded properly to cut it I was close to pulling my hair out.  I think I'll try making the tee again, but will likely forgo the ruffled bottom.  Yes, it's cute.  I just don't know that I'd wear it out of the house.
Otherwise, I'm really pleased with the results I achieved with the cover-stitch.  I attached the collar with a four-thread over-lock.  After pressing, I went back over the seam with the cover-stitch to give it that finished look.  I think next time I'll move that center back seam to one of the shoulder seams to make it less obvious.

Do you work with knits?  What helped you overcome your fears?  I'm not giving up on knits.  I'm just going to be much more picky about my fabrics in the future.

1 comment:

  1. very nice! I dont currently work with knits, but I have a big box of fabric and two patterns, so I intend to start. Your shirt is cute!

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