her tee for two and some knit tips
Well, Natalie did get her very own tee for two
shirt. I used the shirt pattern and the flutter sleeves. She picked out this nice interlock knit by Patty Young
that I had ordered from fabric.com. They have a great selection of her knits here
The sizing on the pattern is really great, I think it’s right on the money. I can’t hardly wait to whip up a few boy ones for my nephew!
And the best part is that this second round with the pattern went even quicker! I think this shirt maybe took an hour to make.
Now onto a few little things on knits. I don’t know why there’s a lack of knit fabric sources online. I’ve been asking around with not much luck actually. I think fabric.com has about the largest selection of jersey knits (the one I used on emily’s dress
), but you do need to make sure you take a good look at fiber content and I have ordered a few weird ones. Luckily fabric.com takes returns, I like that.
- I have ordered from Sewzanne’s (lots of quality knits) before, but it doesn’t seem like they have a lot of turnover in selection for whatever reason.
- I asked Toni from Make It Perfect and she suggested Crafty Mama’s out of Australia, they also ship internationally – looks like I need to do some shopping there!
- Hobby Lobby (pretty poor quality – at least at my local store) is also a good place to check if you have one nearby.
- The other thing that Shelly (Patterns by Figgy’s) mentioned was to check your local shops for knits. So I did. I don’t have a joanns very close by (but I assume they also have a fairly descent selection). But I do have a Hancock Fabrics. I sifted through the WHOLE store and rounded up more than I expected! I found a section up front with some nice t-shirt knit and some ribbing, then I walked back to the clearance section and found a great selection of knits for 2.95 a yard!
- I make sure to look for knits made mostly with cotton. If you can find any with a small % of spandex, it makes really nice waistband, etc. Jersey knit, bamboo knit, t-shirt knit are all good words to look for when searching online for knits.
- Oh, and I should mention that shopping the clearance sections of places like old navy and target are options as well. Of course you’ll want to pick out the largest sizes to get the most yardage from a tee or dress.
- Update: a couple other shops suggested by readers, The Fabric Fairy and Girl Charlee
[my score from my local hancock fabrics store]
A couple other notes on your first experience with knits:
- be sure to use a ball point sewing machine needle
- use polyester (or polyester blend) thread, using all cotton isn’t a great idea since it won’t stretch as much as poly. I did sew Emily’s dress with cotton thread, only because I didn’t have another thread on hand that coordinated.
That’s all I’ve got for now, hope that helps! And feel free to leave any tips of your own for sewing with knits in the comments, believe me, I’m no expert, but I’m always glad to learn something new.