Member since 5/2/09
In reply to gramma b
Date: 5/14/13 4:02 PM
Have not made that pattern before, but made tops like both of the pictures on it before.
Depending on your knit, and if you are making the one there that is actually sort of like a peasant blouse with all the gathers on the very narrow knit band, if the knit does not have any up and down stretch and only sideways stretch instead, if you cut the band length wise, the way with no stretch to it, and even use nothing under it, it may not even stretch out every much at all. But if instead it was a 4 way kind of knit fabric that would not work very good, as it would still try to stretch. In that case if you did not want to interface and you did not want it to all stretch out on you, you probably would need to cut that in the stretchy direction, and make the whole band shorter even, and stretch it on when you sewed it on there, and then possibly it would function as more sort of as a negative ease ribbing/banding instead.
My guess is though, maybe they said to use interfacing, because without being able to control the exact kind of knit fabric people might use, they were afraid the band would get all stretched out, on some knits, and maybe the weight of all the gathering might help pull it out and down even more. Also I do think they just figure most everyone is going to use a sewing machine for most stuff and actually not a serger at all either, unless they say something different there about it.
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