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A Time To Learn – Sewing with Knit Fabrics

In the years I ran the DIY Lounge classroom spaces I always found that this time of year – January through early April – is the busy time for art and craft classes.  This year I have decided that it’s my turn to learn some new things . . . I have been sewing since I was 7 years old and designing reconstructed, knit and crocheted clothes for 7 years now, under the label Knot Ugly Designs.  For those who don’t know what reconstructed clothing is, it’s a style of clothing construction where you take an already existing garment that isn’t spectacular and reconstruct it into another garment.  I mostly work with high quality natural fiber, recycled sweaters, which is a great way to keep these items out of the landfills and a way to make something weird into something lovable.  Almost every thing I know about apparel design is self taught so this year I have decided that it’s time to learn some new things.  I became fascinated with knit fabrics years ago, probably because that is what I like to wear (a little stretch is a good thing), but working with knit fabrics can be very tricky.  I have all sorts of tricks that I have developed over the years for working with knits and now I am ready to learn all of the “official” techniques to sewing with knit fabrics.  I recently purchased Sew U Home Stretch which is part of the Built by Wendy book series.  I am very impressed with this book.  Such clear instructions and patterns.  I am not a beginning sewer so some of the techniques I already know, but it’s still good to see all of the little details laid out so clearly.  I am definitely picking up some new techniques.  I like it when a book can be useful to a wide range of skill levels and I would definitely say this is one of those books.  I highly recommend checking this book out.  More than anything this book is giving me inspiration.  I feel a knit dress in my future . . .
by: Jen Neitzel

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