I’ve been learning a lot of new sewing techniques lately.
I’ve never been that into sewing with knits before. I’ve always just liked the complexity and variety of sewing with wovens. Knits always felt a bit fiddly, simply because each of them behaves so differently.
Over time, I’ve realized that as much as I like and feel comfortable with wovens, I wear knits constantly. They’re so versatile and comfortable, so easy to layer. On those mornings I’m rushing out the door late for work (that would be every morning), they’re irresistible.
So why not sew the things I love to wear?
My friend Alyson has been guiding my journey into knits, even letting me borrow her coverstitch machine for a few weeks. She knows just about everything there is to know about knits from the industrial sewing point of view, so it’s been interesting to adapt her techniques to home sewing. I’ve been playing with my serger more, and even learning about all the cool stretch stitches my Bernina can do (pictured above).
I feel so much more confident now buying knit fabrics and imagining the right applications for them. I’m really excited about the possibilities, especially for sewing cute and comfortable lingerie and loungewear (my vice).
Are there any new skills you’ve been hankering to learn? Any areas of sewing you feel like focusing on right now?
And to top off your Friday, here are a few good links to check out:
- You can pre-order Tasia’s new book, The Sewtionary!
- Christine announced her new book too! It looks awesome.
- “Fast fashion is built on pulling apart the threads that make up the life cycle of clothing,” from this great post on ethical fashion at into-mind
- This post on anxiety hit close to home.
- Have you seen Dixie’s Macaron wedding dress? It’s phenomenal!