Brightly printed knits are here!
We've had so many people ask, ''Where are all those printed knits I see made into tops in the stores?'' We don't have exactly the same prints as the clothes in the boutiques, but we have a terrific assortment of prints in different types of knits. Let me give you a rundown of the types of fabrics these prints are available in.
Michael Miller is a well known cotton print/quilting fabric manufacturer and designer. They are known for great prints and terrific quality. One of their designers, Patty Young, has created a line of Interlock Knit prints in solids, dots, stripes and more. This interlock Knit is 100% cotton, so it's very comfortable to wear. Interlock Knit is a T shirt style knit, and this one is nice and thick. There is some stretch, but it does not come from Spandex, so the recovery is not as good. Also, if you are making something for yourself, and not the kids, I would wash it on the gentle cycle, inside out and dry on low. This will prolong the color of the knit and minimize wear on the outside of the garment. Don't get me wrong, you can throw this into the washer and drier and never think about it like any other T shirt. Check out the cute Mod Kid pattern!
Our Matte Jersey is 100% polyester and will wash and wear like iron. It will hold its color forever. Since this is a more stable knit without a lot of stretch, it will glide over any lumps or bumps gracefully. I think it's a great transitional fabric for spring and fall. It's perfect for not only tops but dresses and skirts as well. Check out the cute wrap dress from Kwik Sew!
Stretch Rayon Jersey is a thinner knit with a lot of stretch and good color retention. It can be blended with cotton. It is very soft and has a lot of drape. It will tend to pill, so laundering in delicate and laying flat to dry will give your garments the longest life. Tops are my first choice, and we have some great patterns for this soft, drapy fabric including those great jackets and vests that are fuller at the front to allow for wrapping and tying many different ways.
We have a lot of solid knits available as well. I will talk about those fabrications next time and give you some pattern suggestions. Happy sewing!