Added Sep 6, 2011
San Jose, Califo...
I’m teaching myself to work with knit fabrics and it’s seriously a pain but I’m trudging onward. I used a bamboo jersey knit and copied HIS favorite tee to make the pattern.
TIPS!!! That worked for me!
*Used a good trick on the collar that locked the seam allowances so they wouldn’t slip while stitching the collar on: http://off-the-cuff-style.blogspot.com/2010/12/new-tutorial-stretch-neckband-with.html
*Ballpoint machine needles and pins are a must! I snagged the Sh$! out of my fabric before I stopped being lazy and changed the needle!
*Copying patterns from clothes that already fit perfect make the perfect fitting pattern! Made the pattern from his favorite Tee shirt.
*Stay Tape used in the Back Shoulder helps keep the seams from stretching out eventually.
*Rotary Cutter is your bestfriend!!
*Sewing with a Serger made life much easier but can be done with the zigzag stitch on a conventional machine or a sew and stretch-as-u-go straight stitch.
*Cut the collar 15%-17% less than the full neckline measurement. i.e 20.5 inch neckline – 17% = 17 inch collar (plus add .25 Seam allowance all around)
*Sew the Shoulders first, then sew the sleeve in before closing the side seams
*Collar: Pin 4 corners and Stretch the collar as you sew
*Iron the seams for a clean look
*Used a Zigzag stitch to hem the sleeve and bottom. A double needle would look more proffessional. A coverstitch machine would be dreamy.
*Great book!: “SEW U: HOME STRETCH” BY: WENDY MULLIN http://www.amazon.com/Sew-Home-Stretch-Sewing-Fabrics/dp/0316118370
Bamboo Jersey Fabric, Serger, Sewing machine, Patience, Patience, Patience
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