Sunday, January 6, 2013

Adventure of a Knit Newbie

Now that I'm back in the swing of things, I decided to delve into the world of knit fabric and sew my very own Renfrew top from Sewaholic :) It has been reviewed so well that I figured it would be a great starter pattern! I decided to read up on my endeavor so I would be mentally and emotionally prepared in a worst case sewing scenario. There is some great information at lladybird about working with knits - you can read the post here. I also pored over all  of Tasia's Renfrew tutorials at Sewaholic, which left no questions unanswered.  After all this education (and procrastination), I needed a nap. But instead, I took a deep breath and started in!



First the fabric - I knew I needed a stable knit - I found this in my stash, courtesy of my mom... and had to call her to ask what it was.  I knew it was a knit because it stretched (duh!) but it was a weird texture with all these little nubbies everywhere (more about these to come).  She ID'd it as boucle.  I loved the deep purple color, with flecks of fuschia, and I knew the cool texture would help hide any mistakes :)

Thankfully I had just enough fabric to fit the pattern, as I was making view C with the cowl neck and 3/4 length sleeves.  Placing the fabric and pattern pieces was relatively easy - after making sure the grain was all lined up, the cutting out was quick.  The texture of the fabric helped keep everything in place.

   
Once everything was cut out, I used the fabric scraps to practice sewing the knit.  I have but a mere sewing machine with a single needle (no serger here) so I wanted to make sure I could actually sew this fabric without major distaster.  Turns out all I needed was my ball point needle and a zig zag stitch, and everything was peechy keen.


Look! I made a practice sleeve :)  With my confidence high, I reached for the first two pieces.


Originally I was going to post every step of this journey, outlining the great errors and woes of working with my first knit ever, but boy, was I wrong!  This was the easiest and fastest garment I have ever made!  If you do want step by step help, you can find posts at Sewaholic on creating the Renfrew, view C (also in purple!).  Why reinvent the wheel :)

So it was a success!  And not only was it my first knit....

It was the first time I have NEVER used the seam ripper on a project :)  I didn't even realize it until I reached the end and was sewing on the last sleeve cuff!  Hooray!

*No hard feelings, ol' seam ripper - I'm sure we'll meet again soon.

Changes for next time:  Lengthen the shirt by a few inches and widen the armholes - common problems of being 6' tall :)

Here it is: my first of many Renfrews!


A few more pics:


*Notice the black tank underneath to help with the length :)


Oh, and about those little nubbies.  That was the one bad thing about this project - those dark purple fuzzies are EVERYHWERE!  I'll probably be seeing them in my sleep tonight - time to break out the lint roller :)




9 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, I can't believe you made this!!! Way to go!!!

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  2. LOVE the purple! The Renfrew is such a great pattern, easy and versatile.

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  3. This looks great, you should feel well proud! I've just bought this pattern and am keeping my fingers crossed that it goes as well as it did for you: tho' my limited experience of sewing with knits is that it very much depends on the quality of the knit :-O

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    1. Thanks everyone! This fabric WAS great to work with - hopefully I have the same experience with the other knits I purchased :) Stripe matching, anyone? Lol

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  4. What a great looking top. Great job, especially for your first knit project. :)

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  5. Yup, now you're hooked! Knits are only scary because of how addictive they are once you learn they're not difficult at all.
    P.S. I have that same ironing board cover from IKEA. I think I need a slicker board cover that can just be wiped off instead of meticulously lint-rolled! Do they make those?

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    1. Haha - right? I just bought four more knit fabrics... uhh... lol.

      Also, I'm not sure about slick ironing board covers, but I so want this one - its like a cutting board and ironing board put together! (not sure why I don't just buy it for $12 :)

      http://www.amazon.com/Household-Essentials-Ironing-Pattern-Natural/dp/B000W5J4A0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1357693084&sr=8-1&keywords=ruler+ironing+board+covers

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  6. Love the new knit top! Great job! Little hint: in case you haven't already--give Archibald a once over in the bobbin case area with your little machine brush. Those little lint balls from boucle can really travel!

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