We couldn’t be more excited to announce our newest Pirate fun to all our Pirate Friends! You can now sign up for our super fun and simple monthly subscription: Fabric for Pirates. You will get a few things at the beginning of every month to brighten your month and give you some motivation to get some sewing done! The subscription is charged at the first day of each month (you can sign up or cancel anytime between) and we will ship your goodies to you by no later then the 10th of each month.
What will you get?
You will receive 2 yards of knit fabric. This could be any kind of knit fabric from french terry, double brushed poly, cotton jersey, sweater knits, etc… We promise that it’ll always be seasonally appropriate, and we will avoid sending duplicate fabric types within consecutive months. We want this to be a learning experience as well, so we want you to try out as many fabric types as you can!
Most months we will be sending 2 continuous yards of fabric, but we could throw in two 1 yard coordinate pieces too! The options are endless!
Along with the fun mystery fabric we will be adding a little “sewist swag”… just a little something extra we think most sewists will love! This could be a pin, patch, sewing tool, vinyl press on, etc.
We will also be working hard to provide some exclusive inspiration for your fabrics by showing you videos and pictures of what the pirate crew made each month, and maybe throwing in some tips for working with the different fabric types.
Maybe you immediately knew the ::perfect:: pattern to go with your fabric that month, but didn’t have it in your pattern stash yet. Well don’t worry! Because we are also going to include an exclusive discount code for you just in case you need to pick up a pattern for your new fabric!
The spots are limited! So don’t wait to sign up! <3
Want to hear how cute Katy is explaining our new subscription? Here she is!
Before we get to the main event, I’d like to remind you that we’ve got a sitewide sale happening from now until Saturday, September 12. In addition to that, we’ve got an awesome giveaway happening, with 14 amazing prizes (and 14 amazing prize winners)! You can read all about The Peg Event HERE.
Today, we wanted to make sure you saw the video where Judy talks all about one of our favorite topics: fabric! Specifically, she breaks down what fabrics are best, and which fabrics to avoid, while you’re sewing up your new favorite pair of Peg Leg Leggings!
Feeling ready to tackle some Peg Leg sewing? Here are some links to all of our FREE leggings patterns, so you can get moving!
Before you go, we’ve got a giveaway prize to tell you about! Sponsoring today’s portion of The Peg Event is an amazing fabric company!
Knitfabric.com is your one-stop shop for knit fabrics! There are over 1000 fabrics in-stock with speedy flat-rate shipping.
One lucky winner will walk away with a $50 Gift Card to this shop! And on top of that, enjoy a 10% discount (valid 9/11 and 9/12) using the code: PEGLEGS
**Daily and Grand Prize winners will all be announced together on Sunday, September 13.
We get a lot of questions about knit fabrics since most our patterns are drafted for a stretch knit! We’ve done a few other blog posts trying to answer those questions that get asked most frequently like, What fabric pairs best with this top pattern?” We have our P4P Shirt Fits Explained blog about all the P4P top patterns, their intended fit and what my favorite fabrics are for them. We also have Different Fabric, Different Fit post all about drape, thickness and stretch and how it can affect the fit of your top/dress.
Now I bring you a Knit Fabric Cheat Sheet– this is a printable, quick reference guide to knit fabric types that are popular. I did not encompass every kind of knit fabric available, but I tried to put all the knit fabrics you might see at local stores and what most of us will be ordering online for home apparel sewing.
Sometimes different textile companies like to name/call fabrics by different names as well- so in turn the fabric shop will call it that name. It can get confusing, but often if you ask the shop what it’s most like in terms of a more popular/well known fabric you will be able to find something to compare it to on this list.
For example: Liverpool. Liverpool is something that I personal had never heard of in my years of fabric shopping until about a year ago. It began popping up and becoming popular in LA fabric shops that buy from local textile companies directly and sell in their shops. It is what the textile companies were calling their “textured polyester” (this is what you’re most likely going to see it labeled as at a Joann) and so it’s what the fabric shops were calling it as well. If you walked into a Joann and asked for “Liverpool” they most likely will not be able to point you in the right direction.
So in short, the fabric industry is constantly finding new ways to create fabrics and each textile company is going to name it what they want 🙂 If you learn the most popular knit types, what the fibers feel like and act like (poly, cotton, rayon, ect), terms like stretch percentage, drape and what that means, different ways to tell the weight/thickness of fabric it will be easier for you to order knit fabric online and know exactly what you’re expecting to receive in the mail! I added some notes at the very beginning of the print out about stretch percentages and weights of fabrics to help as well!
I still recommend going to your local stores and feeling as much knit fabric as possible. Here I am walking into a Joann Fabrics and looking through a big chunk of their knits. I tried to grab a variety and talk about them for those who are new to knits:
Same thing at a local Wal-Mart and their knit selection:
I will try to do a few more local stores and maybe some unboxing from online shops one day! 🙂
Here is your printable Knit Fabric Cheat Sheet again. You can save on your phone or computer and pull it up when trying to order online and are feeling unsure or print it out and take it to your local store to make sure you’re getting what you need for a certain project!
I hope this helps everyone out there just beginning to dip their toes into sewing knit garments! I LOVE my knit pieces for myself, kids, even hubs gets some from time to time 😉 They’re more forgiving with fit, quicker to sew, comfortable to wear and usually require no ironing in the morning! 😉 I’ll try to make knit lovers out of all you!!! <3 <3 <3