There. I said it.
My Mom has sewn with knits for years, and has always loved them. When I was a girl Mom made me some darling dresses with knits. I love the way knit feels, and I love wearing knit-y things. But, I've always been a little hesitant sewing with them.
I have made myself a few knit garments, and usually they end up on the side of a-pain-to-sew-with and I-don't-wear-it-long-before-I-get-rid-of-it-because-it-looks-homemade. I hope someone out there understands. I'm not a perfectionist for the most part, but I hate it when I sew up a garment and it looks like I sewed it. Cringe.
Well, the time rolls around again when I voice to Mom how much I would love to have a maxi knit skirt that is cute and comfortable and I sewed it. And, of course, Anna Maria Horner having just come out with new knits gave the perfect excuse to try ONE more time and get over my fear of sewing with knits.
People, I'm here to tell you….. I DID IT!!!
That's right! All those pictures above are photographic evidence. I purchased a piece of Anna's knits from some of our favorite fabric folks (hi, Quilt Home!), and made myself a skirt. In fact, I made it in about 1 – 1 1/2 hours one evening. So I could wear it to Church the next day, of course. And, I love it. Yay!!!!
This knit is a dream to sew with. Most of the other knits I've worked with want to catch and slide around, then catch some more. Then, when you put it on it wants to grab you and cling in all the places you are telling it not to. Not this knit! I also just used my regular machine with a stretch knit stitch (because sergers kind of scare me to death). No problem-o.
So, I guess this means I'm officially a sewing with knit survivor and advocate, right? I know (because My Mom has told me this for years…) that not all knits are created equal. So, if you're like me and have sewn with knits and had bad results, pick another knit and try again. You can conquer! And, while I'm at it, may I recommend the knits that I used?
Did I mention it's as comfortable as pjs?
If you have any knit experiences (bad or good) do share them!