My growing interest in knits could not be outshone even by couture sewing. During the week at the seminar, everybody (including Susan) was wearing knits on a daily basis. Nobody can deny that knits are much more comfortable for an active lifestyle; they don't need to be perfectly fitted, they are easy to look after and not difficult to sew. I asked Susan many questions about knits but she does not sew with them much and suggested that I take a Craftsy lesson or read books regarding this subject. When I returned home from New York, I purchased this wonderful book by Kerstin Martensoon, It's easy to sew knit and stretch fabric.
This book helped to dispel a couple of myths about sewing with knits which I had previously believed, such as the idea that one should only sew knits with specific thread for knits, and that a serger provides a better finish. As a test knit garment, I took on this t-shirt from the HomeSewn book which I previously reviewed here. The design is very simple: one front piece and one back piece with integrated sleeves + bias binding around the neck.
The only two changes I added to the S size was to lengthen sleeves and bodice by 2cm each. I used mainly zigzag and tricot stitches and I finished the hems with a double needle. For the bias binding, I used pre-made band. Only after I started attaching the band did I realize that my t-shirt looked like the American flag, but I hope it's not that bad after all.
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Only after putting the tee on did I notice multiple flaws. I am not sure whether it's because I did not make the muslin or because something is not quite right with the pattern. Could it be both?
If I make this t-shirt for a second time, I'd definitely take off some armsye fullness, add a couple of centimeters at the bust and reduce the waist a bit.
P.S. I won't post for the next few weeks. When I came home from the sewing class in Baltimore, I discovered that my mom has breast cancer and that she needs surgery. The six-week sabbatical scheduled for sewing and relaxing is extended until the end of the year, most of which I'll spend at my mom's side. Of course, we never think that something like this will happen to us, but when it does everything changes and life takes a new turn. It's probably a very stupid thing to say, but if you or your mom have not had a mammogram in a long time, please do so! My mom is a doctor yet she had never gone through this procedure before, and now one of her breasts will be removed.
Hopefully everything will go well and I'll give you an update soon!