January 24th, 2012
When Rae asked me to talk a bit about sewing with knits, I thought it was odd, because I'm rather crap at sewing with knits. But then I looked back in my archives for pictures of things I've sewn and hey! it's not that bad. My first experience with sewing with knits was pretty horrible. Now it looks like I remember that failure more than any of the successful knit projects I've made, which is ridiculous. With that realization, I cut out a huge pile of knit fabric for this awesome undies pattern:
I didn't finish them all, because my daughter is a little between sizes so I have to adjust the fit, but oof! the boy undies are pretty damn cute. The pattern is very clear and nicely laid out with plenty of pictures. I noticed she's not selling it at the moment and I'm not sure why, because it's a very popular pattern. It's popular for a reason: you only need a little bit of fabric, old t-shirts are perfect, and if you screw up who's going to see them anyway?
I wouldn't say this is a beginner, beginner project, but if you've sewn with knits a few times then these shouldn't be a problem. They come together quickly, but the waistband and leg holes take a bit of time. And people will look at you funny when (or rather if) you tell them you're making your children's underwear.
But come on, lighting bolt undies?! What little boy wouldn't be excited about that?