I really love sewing with knits (obviously hence the blog) However one of the hardest parts about sewing with knits is finding knits. Shopping online can be great there are TONS of amazing options but it can be really hard to know if what you are ordering is what you want. Check our fabric guide for knit sources and our getting to know knits post to understand the fabric and descriptions. One thing I thought I would start doing is buying knits and sharing a review. So here are 4 fabrics I recently purchased from Harts Fabric. It was my first time purchasing from them, and they have a great selection of fabrics and very fast shipping. (I had my fabric in 3 days which was amazing)
First up, a sweatshirt fleece. They seemed to be sold out of this particular one, however they do have several others. I can’t ber certain but I would assume all of the other fleece backed ones would be the same. The fabric is incredibly soft on both sides, and very plush. It would be great for cozy pants or a sweatshirt. Perfect fabric for a beginner since it is sturdy and thick so it would sew like a woven.
Unlike a lot of sweatshirt fleece that often does not have stretch this fabric actually had great stretch.
The stretch and recovery would make it great to use with any knit sewing pattern, but keep in mind it is a bulky and “plush” fabric. I love this fabric, it’s everything I hoped it would be.
Next up a Modal Jersey The fabric is quite thin, although not sheer. (when held up over a print you could not see the print) The fabric is quite soft, which is great. I was expecting the fabric to be a little heavier weight, while it’s actually a thin knit which would make it more difficult to sew with. I don’t recommend this fabric for a beginner, however it’s a great knit for a tee shirt, or a light weight cardigan, or leggings.
The fabric did have great stretch.
Overall I know I can find a use for the fabric, it’s a great quality and soft hand. It was not what I was expecting but now that I know what to expect from a modal jersey I will feel better about ordering it in the future.
Next up a striped mint ponte. I LOVE this ponte. Many different ponte knits I have ordered pill up a lot when washed the first time, which is very frustrating since I hate pilling. This one however has not so far (shown washed once above) It has a great weight to it, and the colors are wonderful. This ponte would be great for a beginner since it’s a nice heavy knit, it won’t roll or slip when sewing. Great for leggings, or a top, or dress.
Like with most ponte knits the fabric has great stretch and recovery.
With a very soft hand, great stretch and great drape I highly recommend the fabric. Such great quality.
Lastly this floral jersey knit. This was my gamble fabric. I wasn’t sure with the content how the fabric would be, or if I would like it, but I liked the print so I went for it. The fabric has a slick almost dancewear like feel to it, yet it’s VERY thin and sheer when held to the light, (not when set up against a print since the print of the fabric hides it well) The fabric is very slick so it would not be great for a beginner, or any level really since I am sure I will hate sewing with it as well. However it is very soft and I like the drape, it would make a great light weight skirt, or scarf.
The fabric had great stretch, from the spandex.
Great recovery as well. Overall I would not purchase the fabric again, and if I would have been in the store I wouldn’t have purchased it after feeling it, but that’s since I don’t love sewing with slippery knits, or wearing slippery knits since they tend to cling to every bra line, and pant line, and I don’t love that.
Before we end things I just wanted to show you the drape of the fabrics, since I think it gives the best visual of the weight and feel of the fabrics. I placed a cup on a table and then let the fabrics drape over the cup. You can see how the jerseys both clung to the cup and showed off the shape of the cup, where as the ponte showed less and was more stiff over the cup, and the sweatshirt fleece was even less.