It’s been cold in Chicago! A cozy sweater would be nice. Unfortunately, my knitting skills are not up to the task so I thought I would take this time to look at some knit fabric options from Spoonflower. I’ve been creating a few new fabric designs and some patterns for knits lately. I’m wondering how each of these fabrics handles.
I’m not sure I really like the fabric. It only has minimal one-way stretch and feels very plastic-like. The top is kinda cute but I was limited in my design options by the flaw in the fabric and because I only bought one yard.
Next I printed my Factory Puffball design on their Modern Jersey. This time I had two yards printed because I wanted to make a top loosely based on Vogue V1406. This is a dress pattern made for woven fabrics so I needed to make a few changes so it would work with the knit. The fabric is very soft and comfy. There is a lot of horizontal stretch and a little bit of vertical stretch. I created a facing and interfaced it to give the neck some body. I also needed to add some bias stay tape along the neckline to get a sharp edge.
My final adventure involved printing Streetcar Pinwheel on Sport Lycra. I’ve been working on a reversible stretch pencil skirt pattern and used this as a mock-up. I slightly reduced the image size in order to fit the entire image on the length of the skirt. I only needed one yard of fabric for the skirt.
In this test, I lined the skirt rather than making a reversible version but used the same sewing techniques. It’s a slim pull-on stretch skirt that I think will be very versatile. I like the fabric for this skirt. It has a 4-way stretch but enough body to sew well.
I’m finishing the designs for the reversible skirts now and will be making samples next month. I’m planning on using historic art prints of cities and people. Here’s a taste.