After my last project – the Porn Blouse – I decided to return to using knit fabrics – easier to fit. Ah ha, yes, but not necessarily easier to sew.
I found this great FREE pattern submitted by a member on Burda. Although the lady in question is considerably smaller than me, I downloaded the pattern and upgraded it to my size as best I could by letting it out at the sides, bust and hip, but trying to keep the shoulder width only a little larger. I also made it a few inches longer – I'm probably twice her age!
Another remnant bin find this week – a grey knit fabric. It's quite firm and thick so I hoped it could be close-fitting but hide a few of the lumps and bumps – I don't like to show my undies. Total cost $6.75.
Making up was super quick and easy – just a front and a back, and a small facing for the back neckline. But then it all started to go wrong – my machine got hungry and started to eat the fabric! I was trying to finish off the arm holes by turning and top stitching but the fabric kept being caught up or the thread kept breaking – it took me the best part of two hours of unpicking and redoing to finish those and I'm still unhappy with the state of the stitches.
But what really drove me mad was the hem – I have no idea why but again I turned and tried to stitch a straight hem and the machine and fabric went to war against each other. Either the machine would eat the fabric and tear holes in it or it would refuse to stitch altogether – the needle would go up and down in the fabric but the stitches just didn't catch. Arrgghhh.
In the end the bottom of the fabric was so destroyed by it all, that I just cut it off and had an unfinshed hem – and actually I really like it! It's lightweight, smooth, doesn't ravel despite being through the washer several times. So an unlikely success in the end.
The dress is close fitting and I think quite flattering – I love the cowl neckline and the super smooth look with just the two side seams. Not something I would wear everyday – not for my ‘fat' days. But I certainly recommend giving this pattern a try.
The knit fabric really got the best of me this time. That's it – I've decided. I'm signing up for another Craftsy course – Sewing with Knits. I'm really keen to master this fabric because I like the way it is so much easier to fit than a woven fabric. Fitted t-shirts – here I come !
Anyone want to sign up and learn with me? We can share our tips and tricks and be sewing buddies…