Jersey, knits, spandex… what gives?

14 Jun

I’ve got several knit dresses on the planning board, and I’m really interested in getting started (even though I’m really nervous to be working without a serger!)…

McCall’s 6032 is a little sheath dress with a great detail at the empire waist. It calls for 2.5-3 yards of 60″ wide stretch knit (cotton, jersey, interlock, matte jersey), so I’m thinking one of these…

BurdaStyle’s June 2011 silk jersey halter top — I’d probably never get away with wearing this without a cardigan, and I’m skipping the pockets which are just weird…but I’d love to make it out of the silk jersey it calls for… This ruby red silk jersey would be phenomenal…

Vogue 1224’s Tracy Reese dress is supposed to be made from 2 yards of Spandex (rayon, cotton, or nylon)…I *think* spandex = base fabric + lycra… is that right? I kind of want to do the dress in an olive green or forest green — something to make my eyes look greener.

I’m hoping once I’ve done each of these, I’ll understand the tactile difference between each type of knit — I’ve got the book, Fabric Savvy, but it kind of falls short on the touchy-feely aspects… I wish they’d printed it with a swatch book in the rear appendix!

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Posted by on June 14, 2011 in musings, shopping


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