Travel Trio Sew Along, Week 1: Tips for Working with Knit Fabrics

Screen Shot 2017 07 11 at 3.48.47 PM 181x300 Travel Trio Sew Along, Week 1: Tips for Working with Knit FabricsIf your summer includes big travel plans, we’ve got the perfect pattern for you: meet Christine Jonson‘s Travel Trio Two 331! Made from knit fabric – and perfect for stuffing in your carry-on! – this pattern includes a whole mini travel wardrobe, including a knit skirt, a funnel neck top and a hooded jacket perfect for transitioning seasons and climates. Each design features a number of dynamic options, so this pattern can take you from travel to beyond. The Travel Trio designer Christine Jonson joins us today with tips for sewing with stretch fabrics, like those recommended for this pattern, with some specific tips for making the wrap skirt. Take it away, Christine!

This wrap skirt has a flattering tapered silhouette that looks great at any length. Classic and dressy when long. Casual and cute made short with leggings underneath! It is super fast and easy to sew and can be made reversible.

It is important to check the tension on your serger before beginning this skirt. You will be edge serging quite a bit and may need to loosen the tension on one layer to prevent the stitch from gathering.

Screen Shot 2017 07 11 at 3.49.12 PM 235x300 Travel Trio Sew Along, Week 1: Tips for Working with Knit FabricsUse a lightweight, fusible, tricot-style interfacing to stabilize the right and left front edges to support the self-facing edge. This will help the wrap over hang straight and look beautiful.

When edge serging the raw edge after fusing the interfacing, be sure to loosen the tension on the serger stitch. If the tension is too tight it will gather the edge and make it difficult to fold over and stitch in place.

Single needle the darts carefully. Using a smaller stitch will help control the angle of the dart.

Edge serge the top edge and hem.

It’s a good idea to press the fold along the front edges before stitching. Again, watch the tension on the straight stitching too. icon smile Travel Trio Sew Along, Week 1: Tips for Working with Knit Fabrics

When making long ties using a knit fabric it is important to stretch the fabric a bit while it is feeding under the needles of the serger. The ties will come out a bit longer, so cut them to the length desired.

After stitching the ties in place, fold over and topstitch the curved waistline.

Tip: Gather up the ties and rubber band them together. This will keep them from getting caught under the skirt.

I like adding the buttonhole to the waistline, it keeps the waistline in place.

Screen Shot 2017 07 11 at 3.49.54 PM 235x300 Travel Trio Sew Along, Week 1: Tips for Working with Knit FabricsThere’s still time to join this sew along…and sew some versatile pieces before your next trip! Grab the pattern at shopsewitall.com and join us next week for tips on lining the hooded jacket for the ultimate in reversible awesomeness! 

 

Week 2: Sewing Reversible garments.

 Travel Trio Sew Along, Week 1: Tips for Working with Knit Fabrics
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