One of my
my favorite categories at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics (SMD) is
our Knit Collection. They are comfortable, drape nicely on the body
and can be worn as a dress, top, pants, jacket for all occasions - most
of us wear them everyday!
At SMD we buy our knits from various
garment manufacturers and only stock high quality knits with good
value. You, our customer now has access to a wonderful and dynamic
collection of knits available by the yard, opening up many
possibilities for your next project. Check out my FabricLady blog
for many of my own completed knit garment projects or stop by the
store and see the trunk show in the Fashion Room! Now may be the time to
learn how to sew on these easy fabrics in our sewing classes. And make
sure you check out the two great blog posts, on the FabricLady and SMD blogs. Read on for more!
Stop by our Berkeley store or Webstore
to see what's new and get inspired. We continue to celebrate our 34th
anniversary here in Berkeley and also want to offer you 20% off your in
store and webstore purchase for the next two weeks!
From our families to yours, we all thank you for your support in keeping us vibrant in our community, Suzan Steinberg Owner & Daughter
It's no secret how much we love knits!
They are extremely comfortable, can be dressed up or down, and are often
quicker to sew than wovens since knits do not fray. Suzan has some
beautiful knit garments that she's featured on the Fabric Lady blog, such as her stunning Lynn Mizono dress and the Burda top and Victory Satsuki dress she made out of that gorgeous floral silk knit.
large selection of knits in our store encompasses everything from
delicate rayon tissue weight to heavy polyester ponte. But different
knits require different care. To make things a little easier, let's
take a minute or two to learn about different kinds of knits and how to
best care for them.
First off, there are a few rules that apply to all knits.
and Lycra (which are the same thing, just different brands) do NOT like
bleach, heat, or dry cleaning. Seriously though--do not bleach
spandex. It turns whites into yellow!
best to hand wash cold. This ensures the best longevity for your
garment. But if you want to use your washing machine, use the gentle
cycle and line dry. Tumble drying knits can lead to pilling and/or
weakening of the elasticity, so you may want to line dry knits or at
least use a delicate cycle.
best to take a 6" x 6" sample piece of your fabric (before cutting out
your project) and wash/treat it as you will your finished garment. That
way you will have no surprises after you have gone to the effort of
laying it out, cutting, and sewing your garment. Every piece of fabric
will behave differently when washing, so it's always best test a swatch
first! If you do not like how it turns out, you can try another method or have it dry clean.
you take your fabric and clothes to a laundromat, there could be the
added risk of harsher chemicals and bleaches left in the washer or dryer
machine, which could damage your yardage, so be careful.
are just general guidelines for your garments to last longer and have
less pilling (if a fabric or garment comes with specific instructions,
you might want to follow those instead).
Want a top that you can whip out in a few hours? We found the
Uptown Top, a pattern from our newly added indie pattern company, A Verb for Keeping Warm.
It's a simple top to make, especially if you use a soft knit that you
don't need to serge or zig zag the seams. The pattern includes three
sizes, but even the smallest size is very generous.
This top is so easy, the neck can be
finished with its facing or you could use a simple bias strip. We made
our Uptown Top with the band at the bottom, making it long enough to
wear with leggings. You can leave off the band and wear it with pants or jeans as the pattern makers suggest... READ MORE AT THE FABRIC LADY BLOG!