Saturday, February 20, 2010

shopping for stretch

Well, thank you all for the lovely comments on the baby boy onesie tutorial (which of course can be made for little girls too!). I am so overwhelmed with the response! Please let me know if you make one. I would love to see how it turned out and hear how you went sewing with stretch.

A few of you have asked where to buy quality knits from, so I will do my best to answer.
Remember to buy knits that are mostly cotton (or bamboo) with a small percentage of lycra (or spandex, or elastometric). The lycra helps the cotton to hold its shape and wash and wear well, which is what we want for kids clothing. It also has more stretch to it and stretches in all four directions. That makes it comfy to play in, and perfect for growing in.

For those of you that live in Australia,
I have managed to find the odd decent knit at Spotlight or Lincraft, but I am finding it harder and harder recently. There are a few shops online which are great:
For the US ladies,
I cant recommend any of these stores personally, but they look like they have a fantastic range of knits:
Hopefully that's a start anyway.
Happy sewing!

11 comments:

Anna said...

thanks for sharing this too Naomi! I always wonder where to get cute knits (not many options where I live) :)

igotanotion said...

I don't have much experience with knits. I've never had much luck with them. I appreciate your tips and links so much, thanks!

Suzanne said...

Thanks so much for the links! I'm off to check them out...

Kelly said...

Just had to say The Fabric Fairy is awesome! Great selection and service, and fast shipping! I even had her special order some fabric for me I'd seen in a photo, and she tracked it down when I had looked and looked to no avail. She even held it with no questions asked when I was away on vacation once she found it, and unable to return her emails for a week. I would totally recommend her to anyone! (And no, I am not affiliated with, nor being paid by The Fabric Fairy - I just think she's the best!)

Jenny said...

Thanks so much for this Naomi. Just the information I have been looking for.

Craftify It! said...

Thank you for sharing! I think I will attempt it this week for my little boy!

Erika said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I'm so happy you did because it led me to your wonderful tutorial! What a great baby garment and so well presented.

dana said...

oooo. thanks for the great info Naomi.

Mrs. Darnell said...

Thank you, thank you! I only wish there was some cute knit at my local store for some instant gratification. Love your blog.

sallyb said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for the links to stores in Australia! I lusted over so many of the fabrics and am now hopping from foot to foot waiting for my order to arrive so I can start creating for my little man!

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