I adore sewing with knits. I really do. My serger has opened up a whole new world for me, one that is soft, colorful, and so very comfy. Yesterday, I fired up Sergio and dipped into my stash to make this outfit:
It’s made from a yard of white interlock I got half price at Joann’s a long time ago, some blue jersey I found at Walmart earlier this year, and a bit of that fantastic garage-sale fabric. I figured it all up on my way to the grocery store this morning, and all told the whole thing cost about $5. I went with white for the shirt because I’ve needed a new white tee for quite a while — you know, the kind you can throw on with just about any skirt or pair of pants? Every time I buy one, it gets stained a few days later. Which, then, makes me wonder how long this one will last. Oh well. It really only took about an hour from start to finish, so I can just make another. I love its shape; it really has some nice coverage in the front . . .
. . . and a bit of drama in the back. I drew up the pattern yesterday based on another shirt I have, and I know I must have gotten it right because my new shirt behaves exactly as my old shirt does, which is to say, it slides off my shoulders and shows my bra straps. I guess that’s the price I’ll pay for pretty. 🙂
So there it is. My ideal summer outfit (save for the bra straps thing) in breathable, stretchable, movable knit. If you haven’t tried sewing with knits, there are some great tips on sewing with them here, here, and here. My favorite place to buy knits, other than garage sales of course, is Chez Ami. Their fabrics are adorable and their prices (check out the clearance section!) are better than the big stores.
And now, it’s time to wear my new clothes while I clean my house and wrangle my little ones. Ah, the glamorous life of the stay-at-home-mom. Have a great Thursday, everyone! Thanks for stopping by!