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Combine Knits and Wovens for Comfort and Fit

Threads #184, April/May 2016

In this article from Threads #184 (April/May 2016), Kelly Tygert shares a method for improving the fit of woven garments. She writes:

Plenty of garments designed for wovens would benefit from adding a bit of stretch here or there. Close-fitting styles, in particular, are easier to fit and wear if you build in some give through the inclusion of strategically placed knit panels. The challenge lies in knowing how much to reduce pattern pieces intended for stable fabrics to a size suitable for a stretch knit. I’ll show you how to proportionally resize a pattern piece to accommodate your knit fabric’s particular degree of stretch. This results in a close-fitting garment that still has the qualities of the woven fabric.


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