Choose the Best Lightweight Knit for Your Garment DesignLearn the secrets of choosing the right lightweight knit and design for your garment-sewing project.
The array of lightweight knit fabrics on the market is mind-boggling, and selecting the right one for your garment-sewing project can be tricky.
Lightweight knits are not just for summer weather and warm locales. Although designers often use light and airy knit fabrics for simple, casual-chic garments, they work equally well for more complex cuts, such as draped and twisted designs that lend themselves to more sophisticated, year-round garments.
The article by Connie Crawford outlines the fabric content and characteristics of 10 common lightweight knits, and how to determine a knit’s stretch and recovery to match it to a pattern. Included are sewing tips and techniques for cutting lightweight knits, such as selecting the right thread and choosing a seam style.
If you want to make comfortable, attractive garments with a carefree aesthetic, then lightweight knits are the ideal fabric choice. Their characteristic weightlessness, stretch, drape, lack of bulk—and the ease with which they can be sewn—make these modern fabrics highly wearable. They can be used to create a wide variety of styles, from sporty to femi–nine and whimsical to sophisticated. Many lightweight knits are perfect for sewing clothes to wear in summer weather and warm locales, but they also make excellent year-round layering pieces for everyday wear or travel wardrobes.
The array of lightweight knits on the market is mind-boggling, and selecting the right type for a particular project can seem tricky. Your choice depends on the garment design and the fabric characteristics needed. But never fear—this article will help you make the best pairing of lightweight knit and design.