Sunday, January 8, 2012
Attempting to sew with knits
Flush with the success of my lounging pants (which I have already worn several evenings) I decided to attempt a simple knit skirt.
Leanne Barlow at http://elleapparel.blogspot.com/ always looks like a professional model in her homemade clothes so I decided to try one of her tutorials. I had a cute cheap knit with strips so I thought I would make her Socialite Skirt. It looks quick, simple and comfy. The trouble began as soon as I tried to lay out the knit for cutting. It took forever to get it lined up and flat. I painstakingly matched up the strips but after cutting learned I was only semi successful. It will be a while before I try something with tiny stripes again. Then, I started to make the pleats. The knit would not cooperate! Finally I ironed on some interfacing to the top part and that helped with the pleats. Bottom line - a skirt I thought would take an hour or two took a half dozen and at the end I didn't even hem it because I was so frustrated. Leanne's instructions were clear - the issues were all created by me.
Any tips for working with knits? I could use them.