Kids Clothes Week

February 2, 2014

PIf you are looking for the Grow Your Blog post it is here.

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 so far.

15 responses to “Kids Clothes Week”

  1. Lucie says:

    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!

  2. Stephen says:

    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. mecki says:

    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 ???

    • Amylouise5 says:

      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. Aww your daughter looks so pretty in her new dress! You’ve done a fantastic job, stretch fabrics are never easy… x

  5. Ginny says:

    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.

  6. 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

  7. Love Natalie says:

    That fabric is so pretty! And I love the dress, your daughter looks really pleased with it x

  8. Jan says:

    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

  9. Lucy Blossom says:

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

  10. katie says:

    Lovely dress. She looks pleased!

  11. Gertie says:

    What gorgeous fabric. Knitted fabric can be quite tricky to work with so well done on making the dress.

    Here’s a link which you might find useful as it has lots of tips about working with knits.
    http://www.sew4home.com/tips-resources/sewing-tips-tricks/oh-baby-fabriccom-sewing-knits

    Hope this helps xx

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