An experiment! Having sewn M6600 as a tunic-length shirt, I was really curious to see if it could be done in a knit jersey. I remember seeing a gal in the post office a couple years ago – she was wearing a loose white jersey shirt over deep indigo blue jeans. It looked so fresh and pretty. I’ve been thinking it about it since, and decided this week to try something similar.
I’ve had this beige eyelet crinkle jersey for a while, got it from Fabric Mart. The color is awful. From the online picture, at left, I thought it would be kind of deep cream, but it’s a yucky pinky buff, or something like that. In real life, it looks like the pics on this post. So dreary. And perfect for a muslin, since I’m not attached to it 🙂
It’s poly/rayon/lycra jersey, and it has only horizontal stretch. That, at least, was in my favor and suited what I wanted to do.
Have you noticed that most eyelet fabrics are really like a monochrome check? The eyelets have to be lined up both vertically and horizontally. Since stubborn is my middle name when it comes to sewing, and because this shirt had some potential, I spent a couple hours just placing my pattern and cutting this out. Yes, I’m patting myself on the back – everything lines up really well.
And sewing the fabric was surprisingly easy. I was unsure of how the collar and button plackets would behave, but they came out really pretty. I used bias-cut lawn for all my interfacings, instead of fusible knit. The woven fabric provided just the right amount of weight and form to prevent drooping in the collar and bands.
I treated the back yoke a little differently, compared to my woven version. On the latter, I didn’t use the yoke facing, since it wasn’t needed structurally. On this knit version, I did use it. It really stabilizes the back and shoulders.
The other change I made for this one is the cuff treatment. Instead of closing the sleeve with a placket and button cuff, I attached the cuff as a band, just stretching it to fit the sleeve as one does with a ribbed cuff. Worked great.
So – help me please! Has anyone been successful dying poly/rayon/lycra? If so, what product did you use? My research has been discouraging – most of what I’ve read says that the lycra won’t take color well. I’m going to dye it regardless! so thanks in advance.
Parting shots: one of my lizard buddies in the bird bath…