After blogging about my experience sewing scuba, I’m back with yet another polyester fabric that has suddenly become popular this year!
This fabric is from my local Fabricland, and they have it in a variety of colours and quilted designs. It’s basically a double knit, and feels like a similar weight to ponte. It’s fairly soft on the good side, but has a slightly scratchy mesh texture on the inside. Maybe that’s the stabiliser for the quilting? This piece was a remnant, which was a happy excuse to try out the fabric. It’s usually about $25/m (though it’s been on sale 40% off for a while).
As you can see, I made my trusty raglan top… which wasn’t really a good idea! The fabric has moderate 2-way stretch (maybe 10 or 15%?), which makes for quite a slim fit. That’s ok, but since it’s not stretchy enough to do a folded band neckline, I just turned and coverstitched instead. Bad move, because suddenly this neckline flashes everything I don’t want it too!
Hello, bra strap! And not just a little sneak peak… I’m pretty sure that if I wore this while sitting, leaning, etc, everything would be on show. I’m so annoyed! I definitely can’t wear it to work as is, so is it doomed to be just loungewear at home? (Snug loungewear with a drafty neck?) Curses!
There is, of course, the option of a cosy scarf…
…but I think I probably just need to suck it up and do some alterations.
Which solution should I try?
- Debbie’s fix-it solution of using elastic thread. I’d have to buy the elastic thread, but it sounds quick and easy after that.
- Unpick the coverstitched neck adjust the raglan seams to dart out some excess, then coverstitch again.
- Unpick neck and find some contrast grey/black/something fabric to do a folded band, which would help bring in the neckline but make the shirt more casual. I’d probably have to add bands to the sleeves for balance too.
(I’m starting to feel like Ariana Grande with my posing – if my head is turned, it’s always turned to the one side! But that’s where the light is, dammit! If I start being carried like a baby, then I’ll worry…)
So what’s the deal with this fabric? The one other time I’ve used quilted knit , I also ended up with a gaping neckline. Grrrr!
What is quilted knit best for? (Assuming that all quilted knits are similar to mine, which is a big assumption!)
- Katy from Katy and Laney just made a Rigel bomber in quilted knit…
- Lucinda from Sew Wrong made a Linden from quilted knit, so maybe a boxy shape is better than my more fitted design?
- I think it would make a good pencil skirt or a fabulous full skirt with lots of body.
- I don’t think it would be ideal for a tight dress like a Moneta or Lady Skater. The sleeves would be whack.
- Likewise, not enough stretch for leggings. Maybe ok for a cigarette pant?
If I do get lured in by quilted fabrics again, I definitely try to pair it with a contrast stretch cotton for sleeves and neckbands, or a ribbing if I could find nice colours!
So how should I fix this shirt? I’d also love if you’d link in the comments to other projects made with quilted knits. I feel like more people have worked with it, but I can’t remember who! I’d love to learn from their experiences.