Despite having all of Anna's hand me downs, Lucy seems to be growing out of her clothes so fast - much quicker than Anna ever did. So last week I gritted my teeth and embraced something new - sewing with knits!
Lucy needed a bunch of new t-shirts so I bought the Flashback Skinny Tee pattern by Rae from Made By Rae and grabbed a stack of various knits that I had in my stash.
Check out those cheeks :) Cute girl! I bought this interlock in the bargain bins at Rathdowne Remnants and used some blue ribbing for the collar and cuffs. I was given a huge stash of knits and ribbing from a relative a while ago who is no longer sewing but had boxes of fabric packed away - score!
This one was the first one I sewed up - it took me a while to get the neckline right, but that is no reflection on the pattern - the pattern is fabulous, so well written with clear photos - more to do with my lack of experience sewing with knits.
Next up was the pink striped tee -
OK, so I didn't match up the stripes down the side seams. I must admit, it didn't even cross my mind when I cut the fabric! This fabric was much thicker and will be great for winter, but I don't think it is cotton because it melted when I tried to press it for hemming. Oops. Maybe a polyester blend?
Love the green cuffs and collar on this one, it matches perfectly!
The final tee is my favourite.
How great is that whale interlock fabric! And here I must confess to committing a sewing crime... I only had a tiny amount of this fabric left. So I cut one piece with the knit direction horizontal. Naughty! I really wanted to use it, it's such a cute print and I didn't want to leave it languishing at the bottom of the fabric stash. Matched with some grey ribbing sleeves and neckline, I love it!
I wanted the t-shirts to last a couple of seasons so I made them a size up. Lucy is a size 0-1 at the moment and I made the 18-24 month size.
Knits and me - we are not great friends yet but the relationship has improved. I found hemming the trickiest part - I used a ball point needle, and to hem the t-shirts I used a zig zag stitch. Do you have any tips and tricks for sewing with knits?
Did you see my interview over at the fabulous blog Art By Wiley yesterday? Here it is!
I will be linking with lots of other creative people here today.