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Date: 3/5/13 12:00 PM

I was just working in my sewing room and noticed the small stack of beautiful knit yardage ready to be cut and sewn.

I'm still not 100% pleased with my t shirt pattern yet. We're on a tight budget and I don't want to cut the good stuff until I have a TNT pattern.

I realized I have 1/2 yard cuts leftover from other projects. I'm concerned with fit through the neck, shoulders, upper back and bust. I'm going to try my next go around making a cropped T shirt out of the leftovers.

Any reason why this wouldn't work?

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Date: 3/5/13 12:19 PM

So long as the stretch is the same or similar and you aren't sewing together strips to make a piece of fabric big enough, yeah I think it'd work! I mix and match left over fabric pieces when I make a muslin. Very rarely are more than two pattern pieces the same fabric when I am working on a pattern.it hasn't failed me yet!

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Date: 3/5/13 12:38 PM

Maybe it will be very artful with all those different knits.

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Date: 3/5/13 12:38 PM

There are pieced tutorials online. Anyone remember Stretch 'N Sew? They had their own stores when knits came out and also taught classes. Many of the patterns were color-blocked pieces, but that's when knits were heavier like double knit, so you had the same stretch for matching up.

In Fabric. com's Hot Patterns Fringe T pattern (reviewed here) you can use 2 coordinating colors for the fronts, back too if you want. See their photos.

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Date: 3/5/13 12:56 PM

I'm pretty sure the cuts I have are enough to make a cropped top (I wouldn't be able to wear such a top but that's not the point anyway).

I guess I'm wondering if I need the weight of the full length of the top to help evaluate the fit.

It's a worth a try. I'm dying to try a Kwik Sew T so I'll report back.

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Date: 3/5/13 2:21 PM

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I guess I'm wondering if I need the weight of the full length of the top to help evaluate the fit.

This was my thought, as well. But I am not an experienced knit-sewer, so take that for whatever it's worth!

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Date: 3/5/13 5:07 PM

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I realized I have 1/2 yard cuts leftover from other projects. I'm concerned with fit through the neck, shoulders, upper back and bust. I'm going to try my next go around making a cropped T shirt out of the leftovers.

Any reason why this wouldn't work?


Here's the one major thing that I have found can throw off the final fitting of a knit muslin if you crop it too short - using a 4-way stretch fabric, like a rayon/lycra or bamboo - something "weighty" in length or with super recovery. If you usually need to make an FBA with a side bust*dart*, that dart can wind up being either too high or too low once the hem length is added, depending on the stretch and recovery. I have med-heavy weight 90%cotton/10%lycra fabrics with so much elastic recovery that my bust darts wound up *above* the usual dart placement of my breast when completed (and I washed and dried this fabric 3x's before sewing). LOL I also have stretchy bamboo and rayons where the darts are hanging 1-2 inches *below* the breast line because of the weight (I even serged the dart folds off to make them lighter too)....so you really need to watch the bust darts and choose your muslin fabric accordingly for the "final fitting". I always need to make more than just one muslin, so for the initial test fitting, I use whatever knit muslin fabric is available first.
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Date: 3/5/13 7:00 PM

Don't think your scraps need to be destined just for muslins. Marcy Tilton sells fabric combos for making t's and other garments from a mixture of fabrics. You might have fun checking out her website and the archived newsletters.

I've done well piecing knits with a serger to extend yardage. The serged seams generally allow the knit to hang and move similarly to uncut fabric.

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Date: 3/5/13 7:38 PM

definitely, go ahead and piece together pieces big enough for a full-length T. What else is color-blocked fabric? My mom did this when I was a girl, we had color-blocked summer tops long before we heard the term. My favorite was a tank top pattern and she made it with short flutter-by sleeves. No telling what you can do once you accept multiple patterns in the same garment!

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Date: 3/5/13 10:57 PM

I am with everyone else. If you can get the grain to match and the weight is similar sew them together. Color blocking is very popular. You might end up with something that you like. I am wondering what T-shirt pattern you are using? I have had good luck with KwikSew and Jalie-both of those of expensive patterns but the fit is great.

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