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Date: 8/8/12 7:25 AM

OK, I have some sizing questions I asked here, if anyone feels helpful.

You guys get the actual fabric questions. I think I'm ready to try a knit pattern, but I'm a little weirded out. I grabbed a variety of knits when I was setting up my stash... ranging from polar fleece to almost tissue knit. I wanted to experience a little bit of a wide range.

As I'm really examining these, I see that some are sheer, but barely. If I hold my hand up to the light, I can see it through the fabric, but if I hold it up to my body, I really can't. Being a clothes-wearer in my day to day life, usually I'm pretty good at predicting if something will be obscene. However, since now it's actually important* to know, I can't tell.

So, once you guys tell me when I need to put a lining in a t-shirt (!) I will get some linings. But it seems like my only choice is tricot? What's the difference between 40denier tricot and other tricot? Why is it double the width of my fabric? Can I just buy my skin color or do I have to match the fabric? Do I line the whole shirt or just the front/back? My is it available only as a synthetic material? Which tricot (or other lining) breaths?

Next question: Since so much depends on the behavior of the knit, do you guys buy twice the amount of knit you need and make a muslin out of half? That seems like the most certain way to get a garment that looks good, but very demoralizing! Yet, you can't do your muslins in tricot, can you?

Last question. So let's say you're making a top out of a firm, thick knit. You are putting in a tricot liner. Do make the entire lining last and then change your machine needle or do you follow the pattern for both top and lining and keep changing your needle?

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Date: 8/8/12 10:39 AM

I would always advise anyone planning their first knit top to use a good quality rayon/lycra jersey. You're not fighting the fabric, on top of learning new techniques.

I would also advise a select few patterns that are pretty much no-fail.

I have never lined a t-shirt in my life. And don't intend to. Life is just too short, lol! IMO, lining a knit top on your first knit experience...risky.

Save the sheer knits for loose, flowy over-tops intended to be worn over a cami, tank top or bathing suit.

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Date: 8/8/12 5:58 PM

I think she was just too humble to mention it, but LynneRowe led a knit top sewalong for beginners a while back, and a lot of people had great success with her guidance.
Here's a link to the (very long!) thread...
Knit sewalong
Hope that helps,
Judy
(edited to fix link, hopefully)
-- Edited on 8/8/12 6:00 PM --

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Date: 8/8/12 7:09 PM

Ooooh! Thanks.

Of course, I've been on Pattern Review long enough to know enough to follow what Lynn says anyway!

OMG! I had no idea really what a sew-along entailed. This will be great. I even have one of the patterns lynn suggested. (off to read 44 pages...)

Fun, fun, fun. Thanks so much for the link.
-- Edited on 8/8/12 7:16 PM --

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Date: 8/8/12 8:20 PM

Your first top is going to be a muslin (hopefully a wearable one) and if it turns out well but a bit thin, you can always wear a cami underneath.

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