Saturday, January 12, 2019

Made by a Fabricista: A Trio of Textured Knits

I simply love wearing knits. So comfortable, so easy to wear, so stylish and fun!  For this month's post, I decided to use a new knit from FM and two from my stash that are also from FM, it's just that I've had them for a while, so I will have to share some similar fabrics with you.  





First up is this textured activewear by Malden Mills.  You can see the fabric I used here: Activewear knits  



This is really nice fabric, perfect for working out in, or just hanging out in.  It's breathable and lightweight.  I decided to go for an athleisure look for my top.  

The pattern I used is from Itch to Stitch.  


The pattern goes together well and since I made it previously, I knew it would work with less of a drapey cowl.  I basically chopped about 2.5 inches from the biggest part of the cowl.  That's it.  Nothing magical.  



Because the knit is a bit lighter weight, I used woven SewkeysE tape to secure the edges or hems.  



You probably don't need to do this, but I thought it would be a good idea.  If you've never used this tape, try it!  It's the best out there and is for sale in the notions section of FM's site.  


My second top is made from a lacy knit I purchased a few years ago from this site.  This was a Julie's pick and I waited and waited to figure out what to use if for.  When DD1 was her for Christmas, she said that she was going to confiscate the fabric if I didn't figure something out quick.

 I decided on a simple top that I'd wear during the cooler months that could be a layering piece.  Here are some ideas from FMs site for fabric choices:   Geometric knit    

I chose this pattern by Papercut and this is the Rise and Fall Turtleneck.  

Rise & Fall Turtlenecks

This fabric sewed and pressed so easily, no wonder it was a Julie's pick!  I used the 'regular' SewkeysE tape for this top and it worked like a charm.  








For my third and final make, I used this heavily textured ponte from FM.  This has been in my stash for a while, but if you click on the links below, you can find some similar and very pretty choices. 





I really love this fabric and am glad I finally sewed this up!  It's about time!  I used my trusty McCalls 6886.  This pattern is a workhorse.  I've used it multiple times and every time I use it, I get excited about it all over again!


For this dress, I used what I call a textured ponte.  This fabric is just luscious!  Here are some similar fabrics from FMs site: Vibrant Pink Designer knit fabric  Imported from Italy fabric


Thanks for reading!  I hope you are making some great garments for 2019!  Happy New Year!
Sue from Ilove2sew!


2 comments:

  1. Hi Sue, I bought the same knit from Malden Mills. When I received it, it was much lighter than I expected. I wanted it for a warm winter knit top. How are you finding it for warmth? I am concerned I will be too chilly in it. Thanks.

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  2. Love all of your makes from textured fabric! Thanks for sharing about the cowl neck on Itch to Stitch pattern. I love that pattern but I am finding the cowl neck somewhat overwhelming.

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