No Fear: Cotton Lycra and Cotton Jersey10:26 AM
Did you think I forgot No Fear Friday? Nope, not one bit. But I am trying to figure out whether my readers would prefer that I blog Wednesda...
Did you think I forgot No Fear Friday? Nope, not one bit. But I am trying to figure out whether my readers would prefer that I blog Wednesday through Sunday, or Monday through Friday. Either works for me. So if you have a chance, can you hop over to this poll and let me know when you are more likely to see my posts?
Messed Up Monday With No Fear
So far we already know how to sew our test swatch so we don't run into problems, assemble the shorts, and sew our hems.
So what's different today? Today we're going to use a cotton/lycra waistband INSTEAD of elastic. That's our big change. But let me tell you, once you do this, you can sew anything!
So what is the 1 thing you need to know? Never, NEVER pull or stretch your knit fabric until you absolutely have to. NEVER. Did I say never already? Well NEVER, one more time.
Now, you're probably thinking, but what if my kid interrupts me while I'm working, or what if the kids come and pull on all my fabrics and stretch them out, what if, what if, what if?! All is not lost. You just need another step.
Option #1- very gently press the curls out of the fabric. Cotton/lycra is pretty forgiving and will press back to its original size and shape. Remember we are not Iron Man. We are pressing our fabric. See Messed Up Monday with No Fear for more about Iron Man. ;)
Option #2. Guess where the seam allowance is and pretend you don't care. As you practice, you'll learn that you can sort of guess where the seam allowance is even when the fabric curls. I do this ALL THE TIME. But guess what? It is way easier to not have to guess. So if you have a choice, don't get to this part.
That's it. You've done it. You've sewing with interlock. You've sewn with jersey and you've used cotton/lycra too. All you need now is to see how to sew neck and arm bands and you'll know everything you need to know to tackle your fear of knits! Check back next Saturday to see who wins the 3 prizes and to see how to sew the arm and neck bands.