Extra! Extra! Get Slim Support for Knit Garments

I recently came up with a neat trick for dealing with a knit garment that I was making with a pattern for woven garments. The fabric was wayyyyy too stretchy for my liking, especially at the waistline, shoulders and sleeve edges, and stay-stitching alone would not improve the situation. With a knit garment, if it's a good, drapey jersey, sometimes just the weight of the fabric can drag the whole garment down.

I learned this the hard way In a fashion draping class, I  was making a long sweeping evening coat in a heavy, black jersey, and no other fabric would do. But when you get almost 2 yards of heavy jersey hanging vertically, you need some serious help. My teacher suggested narrow twill tape to reinforce seam lines. It worked like a charm. Clearly, I have a long history of trying to achieve the impossible with knits. 

This dress was much less heavy than my black evening coat, and I wanted something prettier to support it. I happened to have a narrow 1/8" cobalt blue ribbon that matched the dress closely and an equally narrow strip of ultralight fusible web. I fused the ribbon to the shoulder seams and raw edges of the sleeve opening and skirt waist. Then I stitched the ribbon in place. The ribbon was narrow enough that it curved easily, so that I didn't need to cut it and arrange in strips around the curve. The fusing kept it in place until I could stitch it down. Presto! I had pretty, yet strong and almost invisible support for these areas that far outperformed stay-stitching.

The ribbon is fused, then stitched. A narrow ribbon curves easily. 









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Amber Eden is the editor of Stitch and SewDaily.com. She LOVES sewing and editing Stitch and SewDaily.com. She also loves dance, yoga, iced decaf triple espressos, and her two golden retrievers. She divides her time between Boston and New York.

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