Hi Everyone! Are you ready for a deep dive into the topic of "sewing with knits"? I hope so! Honestly, knit fabrics are pretty much my go-to choice when designing new pieces. I think that's what set Liberty Jane apart early on in the miniature world of doll clothes design. My general rule is "make real clothes, but at a smaller scale" basically fashion in miniature!
When shopping for fabrics, my first question is, "Would I wear something made out of that?" This generally leads me to pick up a variety of knit fabrics. Very rarely do I get excited over quilting cottons. Seriously, the best test is to go look at your own closet (or a child's). Feel the fabrics and you'll quickly see that to make authentic looking items, it's important to consider this fundamental design principle first.
Don't Fear Knits! I promise you this is going to be a fun month :) We have a lot of content to share and with the use of the facebook group we are able to answer your questions "one on one"! You may be surprised to hear this, but I still don't own a serger, which means I sew all my knits on a standard sewing machine. A serger can be a great tool, and if you use one, that's great! For me personally, I don't mass produce items and prefer to change threads for every item I'm sewing, so I've continued to just use my standard machine and learn the tricks of the trade. Sewing with knit fabric on a standard sewing machine is a skill everyone should master. Which leads me to my third rule: "Never say - I can't do that, it's too hard!" Fearing knits is silly! You can do this - let's get started...
Pattern Overview: For this topic, you can choose to sew with any of the Liberty Jane patterns listed below, for any size doll.
Liberty Jane Trendy T-shirt FREE (double turn hems)
Liberty Jane T-Shirt Variations (neck binding, sleeve binding)
Liberty Jane Off The Shoulder Tee (single fold hems)
Liberty Jane V-Neck Tee (v-neck technique)
Liberty Jane Baseball T-Shirt (Neckband)
Liberty Jane Cropped Sweater (No hems, fully lined!)
Liberty Jane Leggings
Liberty Jane Yoga Pants
Coupon Code: This month's discount code can be used to redeem any Liberty Jane brand pattern valued at 5.99 or less. If you already have the patterns mentioned above, feel free to use it for something else. The code must be redeemed during this month. It expires 4-30-2017. Limit one-time use per person.
Preparation and Supplies: When sewing with knit fabrics, there are a few basic supplies you need.
1/4 yard of 2-way or 4-way stretch fabric
Universal or Ball Point Needles
Iron (with steam function)
Hook and Loop tape product for closure
There are also a few supplies that you might not know about. These will help you to confidently sew your knit fabric projects!
Fusible knit interfacing (buy it off the bolt- Pellon EK130, SK135) or fusible knit stay tape 1/2" - 1" wide rolls (either will need to be trimmed down to 1/4" strips)
Other types of fusible tapes such as Wonder Tape, Stitch Witchery, Steam a Seam lite, etc. These don't have stretch in them though so use with caution. If the seam needs to stretch this type isn't recommended. A "wash away" tape can work, but you'd need to wash the item to regain the ability to stretch the fabric.
Tissue paper (to stabilize seams, tear way after)
Narrow stretch lace 3/8" width or less (great for hems)
Let's Get Started:
Choose your pattern/fabric and then go through and cut out all the pieces. If you're new to sewing we have this video to show you how to position the pattern pieces and cut out The T-Shirt Pattern. If you're sewing a t-shirt with a neckband or binding, be sure to cut those pieces on the bias for the most stretch.
Follow the pattern instructions to begin assembling the item. If you're a beginner, we have this video showing how to sew the LJ T-shirt Pattern.
If you are able to use the Pellon EK 130 Fusible knit interfacing - I highly recommend it! This is a great way to stabilize the neckline and hems. This product is sold on a bolt and is around $5/yd. It is slightly sheer and has a bit of stretch across the width of the piece.
Cut the interfacing in 1/4" strips across the width. This will allow you to use it along the seam allowance lines. It will also help you to fold the neck and hem at exactly 1/4"!
With the rough (fusible) side down, place the interfacing along the neckline on the WRONG side of the knit fabric. Press carefully while turning the strip to fit the neckline. Trim off the end. Repeat for the Shirt Back neckline seam allowances.
Continue to sew the pattern as directed. I find this is only needed on the neckline seam allowances and then on the hemline. The shoulder and side seams usually don't stretch out too much when sewing. The next image shows the shirt Front and Back right side up (left) and then RIGHT sides together (right). Note interfacing is on the WRONG side of the fabric.
Now it's your turn! Practice using fusible knit interfacing on your project.
Post questions as comments under this Facebook Group Post - please preface your question by stating the pattern used and step number your on. Post finished progect as well - we'd love to see them!
Next Monday - My favorite knits - A resource guide, and more on hemming knits...