Kids Clothes Week

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Kids Clothes Week– I made it, one hours sewing per day for the week. I have really enjoyed joining in this week

Last September I bought my daughter a meters worth of this bright butterfly knit, with the intention  of making her a dress. This week I finally tackled the project.

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Not owning an overlocker I did a little research about sewing knit fabrics – I found a you tube video explaining that straight stitching does not have the give of a knit fabric and can therefore pop and break. It suggested instead to stitch with a zigzag stitch which provides some stretch. Armed with a suitable sewing machine needle optimism prevailed.

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I am delighted to finish the dress/tunic – am I tempted to sew with knit fabric again? No! My machine skipped the odd stitch, and adding a zip as per the pattern was problematic.

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Here’s for my daughters long hair hiding the zip – although her hair is not long enough to show I haven’t matched the pattern up down the central back seam!!

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Any tips on sewing knit fabric greatly appreciated – my son could really do with some more PJ’s, and I have lots of XL t-shirts ready for conversion:) Trusting they are considerable less stretchy!

In other news I have started a years on line marketing course with Handmade Horizons, we had our first webinar this week. It’s really exciting, and challenging. Already I have a lot to reflect on:) If anyone fancies helping with some of the home work I need to describe in great detail my ideal customer… I am thinking about customers who buy the eco recycled bags I make. If I can drill down into the type of person they are then I can identify the blogs &magazines they read, where they shop etc.. If you fancy identifying your own dream customer the worksheet is freely available at Polly and Claires website

Hope you have a creative week:) I’m brimming with new ideas for bags.

As usual I am popping by Handmade Harbour 🙂

Vicky

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15 Comments

  1. Lucie
    February 2, 2014 / 9:54 am

    Dear Vicky
    Knitted fabrics are so easy to sew on a normal sewing machine! Just a small zigzag and a pattern that don’t need a zipper. Most don’t as long as their head can pass. With a twin needle you make brilliant seams. Keep trying!

    • Amylouise5
      February 2, 2014 / 10:40 am

      Thanks – never used a twin needle, will be purchasing one this week:)

  2. Stephen
    February 2, 2014 / 6:14 pm

    I’ve never used knit fabrics before so I’m no help in that department. The dress looks lovely though and the fabric is beautiful.

  3. February 2, 2014 / 7:18 pm

    I hate stretchy fabric – only kidding – but I avoid it if I can. Zigzag is what i’d use, but my sewing machine has a mind of its own! ….. The course sounds exciting. I am envious already ;). The ideal customer/client: My answer would be Anyone who buys. Undoubtedly that would not go down well. Suppose it’s all about knowing one’s market ???
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    • Amylouise5
      February 3, 2014 / 9:47 pm

      The course is great, plus a really interactive FB page for participants:) really glad I took the plunge and signed up. Interestingly I signed up because I had been following the tutors for 18 months online, warmed to them and gut told me they knew their stuff!

  4. February 2, 2014 / 8:53 pm

    What a lovely fabric. Love the turquoise. I guess the best way to find out about your customers would be to devise a questionnaire for those who have already made a purchase.
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  5. February 2, 2014 / 8:57 pm

    I find knits can be tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it they aren’t sew bad. (Sorry I had to lol). I agree with the twin needle comment, and if possible snap closures or buttons, zips on knit are difficult (for me)…. Thank you for the link to the worksheet, what a great exercise. XX

  6. February 2, 2014 / 9:18 pm

    That fabric is so pretty! And I love the dress, your daughter looks really pleased with it x
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  7. February 3, 2014 / 12:02 pm

    Lovely fabric, I’m a big fan of butterflies but not of stretchy fabric. It looks great for all seasons too. I like it with the T.shirt underneath.

    Jan x
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  8. February 3, 2014 / 2:10 pm

    I adore that fabric, its so bright and colourful. I’m sure your daughter is very pleased with her new, unique dress.

  9. katie
    February 3, 2014 / 2:11 pm

    Lovely dress. She looks pleased!

    • Amylouise5
      February 3, 2014 / 9:44 pm

      She does, but she has not chosen to wear it!! I suspect it is not the hit the skipping skirt was:)

    • Amylouise5
      February 3, 2014 / 9:43 pm

      What an extremely helpful article, thanks for sharing it:) I have a walking foot – if only I had known!!!

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