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Topic: Combining knits with woven fabric tips?? PLEAAAASEEEEEEEEEEE!  (Read 6029 times)
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« on: July 31, 2007 04:55:44 AM »

I really want to combine woven and knit fabrics.

Some examples of shirts I like where they're combined can be found here:



Any advice would be VERY appreciated!!!
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« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2007 08:30:30 AM »

I don't know much about combining them, so the most advice I can give is to pay attention to the direction of the stretch on the knit. I'm guessing you would want to sew the knit in the direction it doesn't stretch to the woven. Does this make sense?
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2007 08:04:04 AM »

I didn't see the garments (at least I don't think I saw a garment) that had combined fabrics.  However, it can be to your advantage to do this.  The knit, if used in the upper portion with the stretch width wise (as it normally stretches, across the grain), can give you a lot of versitility in the garment.  Using it around the neck and shoulders can make the garment easier to put on and can give you a better fit.  Then, adding the woven to the bottom just allows it to 'hang" off the top. 


A simple example is in this site.  The neck and sleeves of this dress, if made of knit, allows the top to be slipped on over the head without a closure.  If it is not done that way, it has to be made as a wrap top to allow the garment to  go over the head.  In this particular garment, the knit works very well with the cotton on the bottom.
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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2008 09:59:48 AM »

supayana is the best..if you keep working at it...you'll get it...Smiley

« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2008 05:21:19 PM »

I've been wanting to do this, too, I just haven't gotten around to it.

If you're using a pattern, use one that is for woven fabrics, not "knits only." You can always take in the knit parts if they're not snug enough to suit you, but if you use "knits only," the woven pieces won't stretch enough.

When this was popular a few years ago, a lot of the commercial garments just had the woven patch pockets, etc., finished with overcasting on the edges.

Use a stretch stitch on the knit parts and a ball point or knit needle.

Did I forget something?


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« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2008 02:58:00 AM »

Thanks for your advice!!
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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2012 06:10:29 PM »

I have a favorite button front shirt from designer James Perse that is black gauze with two black cotton rib insets in the back making it the best fitting, most flattering and most comfortable summer blouse I've ever owned.   I'm inspired to try combining the two types of fabric to make something else for myself that will provide this comfort and flattering style.  I usually have trouble wearing button front blouses because they gap where the buttons are supposed to fasten but with the knit inserts, this problem is eliminated.  it was an expensive blouse but is worth every penny.

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