I am branching out.
Trying new things again.
I needed a new challenge.
So this time a stretch knit for me. It's only a t-shirt actually. But I had to start simple. I also had some fabric that I got as a remnant from that spotty shop. Cost of around $2.50 which is good to ruin isn't it!
Last week I learnt a lot doing that jacket thing for BJ.
This week I learnt some more.
Don't use this poly-interlock knit fabric is the first & most important. It ladders. You would think it was a pair of stockings. Ladders without even sewing. The edges just ran.
No matter what I did I couldn't get a nice edge on it to neaten the raw edges. The practice pieces went well. Fortunately I could turn the first 2 sleeves into practice pieces too as there was just enough horrid stuff to make 2 more sleeves. Sleeves & hem are now not over edged. Isn't going to matter as I can't save it. The ladders in the hem were already going around the pressed edge. (it's ok remember! It's only $2.50! )
I hadn't done a neck bias edge before either. Looked good. I think I did a good job of that. But my head wouldn't fit through. I did unpick a bit & restitched it with a different stitch to give a little more but that didn't help & the stitches snapped on one attempt over my head. (2.50!)
When I finally had all pieces together
badly I found I had almost got the sleeves the same length! Go me!
So it's a bit tight. I actually posted my pictures on a sewing inspiration group I am in on facebook. Well the brains trust there soon had me pointed in the right direction on what the issues were & tips on how to do different things. Turns out I wasn't imagining how awful the fabric was as it was a common problem with this stuff & one lady even returned all hers to that spotty shop for a refund because the ladders were terrible! And if I had wanted ladders I would have gone to Bunnings not Spotty!
Well here is my picture, taken by an 8 year old. From his perspective it's probably better.
My chins are gone. I think the 8 year old was the most impressed with my attempt. That's pretty sweet.
So as a result I will try again, with it's matching pattern. Just because I have to. I can't let it win. I have some more remnants to use, or some super sale pieces to practice on. Like I say to the boys constantly, you won't get better if you don't practice something & you can't just give up when it is a bit hard. So I had better make a point of doing what I say occasionally!