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joycegeoff | Posted in General Discussion on

Hello This is my first message ,I only attempt the simplest kind of sewing for instance I have unpicked a favorite pair of M/S trousers and made a pattern from them . There is a shop near to me that sells material at £1 a yard which I positively haunt ,as a result I have now made thousands—– well about 10 pair of pants. I would now like to unpick a sweat shirt but how would I go on with the ribbed neck ?I used to buy ribbed cuffs in my younger days I dont see anything like that now.Can anyone help ?Joyce



  1. ElonaM | | #1

    <<I only attempt the simplest kind of sewing for instance I have unpicked a favorite pair of M/S trousers and made a pattern from them .>>

    Sheesh, Joyce! This is your idea of the simplest kind of sewing??? With that kind of ability, you should be able to go into couturier sewing in a jif.

    But about sweatshirt ribbing: It is indeed very difficult to find matching fabric and ribbing. One way around it is to use self-fabric for the neckband, and kwik sew patterns (www.kwiksew.com) do offer designs of this type. Using self fabric does require a little care about making sure that the neck opening is large enough for your head (since sweatshirt fabric isn't terribly stretchy), and then you will probably have to do a little trial and error work to find the right neckband length, though it will probably wind up between 2/3 and 3/4 of the circumference of the neck opening.

    Marcy Tilton has written a little paperback titled "Easy Guide to Sewing Tops & T-Shirts," which addresses this whole neckband issue in great detail.

  2. rjf | | #2

    I hate to be uninformed so I have to ask:  what are M/S trousers?  rjf

    1. cottonbets | | #3

      Also uninformed about the meaning of M/S, I'd like to offer advice about ribbing for cuffs. In an isuue of Threads, probably loooong ago, I recall reading about using knee socks, or maybe even low ribbed socks, for ribbed cuffs. Does this sound familiar to anyone?

      1. GhillieC | | #4

        At a wild guess do you mean Marks and Spencer for M/S?

        Marks and Spencer, or Marks and Sparks, or M & S call it what you will, is a leading chain store in the UK, selling 'good ordinary' own brand clothes and also food. It is said that at any one time over half the British population will be wearing M & S underpants. (I am as I write this!)


        1. cottonbets | | #6


          your M/S translation might be right; we'll have to ask those who originally posted the abbreviation to answer.  Thanks for the idea; I wish I were spending today in M/S undies!


      2. Tish | | #5

        Yes Betsy, I remember that one.  It's in the same issue as an article about making polarfleece mittens.  I've been making the mittens, and the cuffs are the hardest part to get right.  I haven't tried socks for the cuffs yet.  I crochet a chain at the base of the hand and then turn them over to the knitting ladies at church to make the cuffs.  (The mittens are for a church program anyway).

        "There's 'Fabric' in Your Sock Drawer: New or old, socks offer endless color and texture choices for easy knit cuffs and jacket collars" by Linda Wakefield.  Threads number 63, March 1996, page 50.

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