In my sewing adventures I had yet to try sewing with knit fabrics. The entire idea completely intimidated me - stretchy fabric, snags easily from pins and sewing needles, and just the overall fiddly-ness concerned me.
But a couple months back I had decided that I needed to conquer this fear, and give it a whirl.
So - I found a pattern, purchased and cut some fabric... then the intimidation sunk in yet again, and I decided to ignored the fabric pieces on the hanger.
Then just a little over a week ago I saw some beautiful fabric on Gorgeous Things, and as luck would have it, I fell in love with the knit fabric prints!
I promised myself I would splurge on some as soon as I started sewing the pattern I cut a couple of months ago. So, with a little encouragement from a blog-less San Diego knitter who sews quite a bit, I dived in.
Now, granted, I totally wrote-off this project from the beginning as practice - in no way did I think that I would actually get a wearable garment from this sewing. Just practice, I repeated to myself, just to get used to working with knit fabrics.
So, imagine my surprise when I tried it on:
And it fit with no alterations whatsoever! I had been a little lazy with some of the construction details - the sewing around the collar and the rolled hems - now I wish I hadn't been. Regardless, I think this is a completely wearable dress, perfect for work!
Pattern: Simplicity 4074, View A dress, View G sash.
Fabric: Four yards of "jet set" knit fabric from Joann's.
Alterations: Serger rolled hems on sleeve cuffs and bottom of dress. I also shortened the dress using the pattern piece for View B.
Cost: The fabric was $3.99 a yard, $15.96. I got the pattern on sale for $1.99. Total - $17.95! Not bad for a dress and sash.
Impressions: Knit fabrics are not at all as difficult to work with as I thought! It seems that pattern alterations would be minimal regardless of the pattern used.
And since I conquered my intimidation, I did buy some Gorgeous Things fabric, I am patiently waiting for its arrival. In the meantime, I purchased more jet set knit fabric from Joann's to get some more practice in - this time for this really cute cami-dress and top!