Tuesday, June 08, 2010

A change of stripes

Remember when I mentioned there were some "unexpected surprises sewing with this knit" when I shared my post detailing this Nieman-Marcus knock-off dress I sewed?

The biggest unexpected surprise was that this lovely black and white knit was actually black with tiny white pinstripes bordering tiny sheer stripes.

When the fabric was placed over the top of a facing for a turquoise jacket I'm working on, you can clearly see the outline of the facing.

Pretty cool. Just not what I was expecting. I can't tell you how many times I went back and re-read the description of this fabric wondering how I could have missed something so critical as sheer stripes. I didn't miss it, it wasn't there.

So....I had to make a decision. Find a way to work with it or renew my search for a black and white stripe knit. Hmmmm. As I hadn't had much luck up to this point I decided to line the knit

Oops. Unexpected surprise number two! As I began to lay out the pattern pieces I spotted a hole in the fabric almost smack dab in the middle of the yardage.

Lucky for me, I was only using this piece for the bodice of the dress and would need less than the one yard that I had ordered. And the yard I received was on the generous side so I had enough fabric even when I had to recut and sew a second bodice.

Lucky me again as a few weeks earlier I had stumbled across ten yards of a white nylon lingerie (tricot) knit in a thrift store for a whopping $3.

I simply hand based the white knit to the front and back bodices and treated the two layers as one.

Unexpected surprise number three? The white underlining helped make those white stripes pop. So all's well that ends well.

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  1. That was a great fix! There is some black/white knit at marcytilton.com. Also, there will be black/white stripe interlock coming to thefabricfairy.com the end of this month. I have some on pre-order.

  2. Whew! on the fixes! Also thank goodness you could cut around that hole. Do you use a special setting, stitch, or foot when you are sewing with knits. I haven's sewn with knits much in a long time. I have trouble with it stretching.



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