Sunday, May 29, 2011
Sewing with Knits
I have been wanting both to sew more clothes and to try to learn how to sew with knits, so I jumped right in and sewed up some jersey knit clothes! First I made the black yoga skirt above, to replace one that I had given to a friend to wear for maternity purposes, and then I made the peasant-style dress below. The yoga skirt was based off of one I owned (I wear these all the time in the summer, so I have them in several colors), and I made it first to get my feet wet with this whole sewing with knits things. As you can see above I did get a bit of puckering at the seam but it generally looks fine, fits and is super comfy, so I am very happy with it!
The dress is inspired by a similar tee/tank top that I got recently at Ann Taylor Loft and just loved. Looking it over I had one of those "I could make this" moments, and so I used the shirt and a knit dress together as a basis for figuring out how to cut the fabric. The shirt didn't have a waist but I thought it would be nice to add one to the dress to give it a bit more structure - although I think it would look cute without one, too. The ruffles at the neck and arms are totally easier to make than they look.
I found that sewing with knits was tricky in some ways (like that hem puckering issue) but really easy in others (like fit is super forgiving). I have a few ideas of how I would improve this dress design next time and I am hoping to make another one with a tutorial sometime in the next few weeks, so stay tuned! Overall I love how this dress turned out - it really is my style and can easily be dressed up or dressed down. I think I will get a lot of use out of it this summer!
Now that I have started learning to sew with knits I am seeing folks wearing cute knit tops and dresses everywhere and feeling so inspired so hopefully there will be more other knit projects coming up too. I will share any tips and tricks that I figure out as I go - if you have sewed with knits before what tips do you have to share?