Knit Fabric and Selection // Stretch Yourself

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I am so excited to teach you everything I know about knit fabric! It’s been my fabric of choice for as long as I have been sewing, and although I am no expert, I have learned a lot through experience. Today Miriam is teaching you all about cutting knit fabrics and giving away a starter set from Fiskars, so when you’ve chosen your material, you’ll be ready to begin.

My mother’s sewing room was equipped with a sewing machine and a serger, and stocked to the brim with every type of fabric imaginable. When, at age 23, I ventured in to make myself a tee shirt for a party (after not having sewn for years) I naturally pulled out a tee-shirt fabric, a knit! I was naive enough to not have any apprehensions at all about sewing with a stretchy fabric, and knew too little to realize that I needed to ensure the fabric stretched in the right direction. I was pretty proud of the simple, boxy tee I whipped up…until I tried to fit it over my shoulders and realized that I had sewn it with the stretch along the length, rather than around the circumference. There was no way it was going to fit! I ended up cutting a scoop down the center front and filling it in with the same fabric, this time stretching in the correct direction across the tee. I wore it happily to the party and even got a couple compliments!

Overview of knit fabrics - One Little Minute Blog - So many choices!

It feels good to make your own clothes. Clothes that fit just right, are the colors and patterns you like, and have every detail that you can dream up. Most of what both adults and children wear these days is made of knit fabric: tee shirts, sweat shirts, sweaters, leggings, jeggings, stretchy skirts and dresses. In this post, I’d like to help you make sense of some of the basic differences between the many different types of knit fabrics available, how to recognize what is what, and most importantly, how to choose the right knit for your project!

knit fabric overview - one little minute blog - knits vs wovens

Let’s start at the beginning: what is a knit fabric? Where woven fabrics (not stretchy) are made up of multiple straight threads going horizontally (weft) and vertically (warp) along the material. Knit fabrics (stretchy) are made up of one or more threads looping back and forth to form the fabric (images via). According to this article,  there are for major types of knit stitches, but I have never needed to know that in order to make great knit clothes. Each type of knit fabric can also be made of any number of combination of fibers (cotton, polyester, rayon, spandex, silk, wool, nylon) but I only occasionally pay attention to the content (sometimes I never even know!)  In Fabrics A to Z (my favorite  resource for fabric info) Dana goes through several specific types of knit fabrics, what they are made of, and how to sew them.  I won’t cover all of those details today, so I highly recommend you add it to your sewing library.

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The two major categories of knit fabrics are jersey or single knits and interlock or double knits. Telling them apart is pretty simple. Jersey fabric and single knits have a right and wrong side, interlock is woven so both sides are right sides. The photo above shows the right side of a lightweight jersey knit from my stash. The little ‘V’ stitches that are visible indicate the “right” side of the fabric.

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This is the flip side of the above fabric. The straight, horizontal stitches indicate that this is the “wrong” side of the jersey. I used to think that jersey knits were all less stretchy than interlocks, because cotton tees are jersey, and don’t stretch much. That general principle isn’t true, however. There are jersey knits that stretch a lot in all directions, and some that stretch very little in any direction! The fiber content will influence this somewhat, but so will the tightness of the weave, and the weight of the threads used.

I’ve heard it said that the ends of jersey will always curl, but I have some jersey knits that don’t curl at all. Generally, though, because of the different stitches on the front and the back, the raw end of a jersey fabric will curl towards the right side of the material.

Knit Fabric Overview - One Little Minute Blog - Interlock wrong side

An interlock fabric will look the same on both sides. There will not be any visible ‘V’ or horizontal lines, just the same subtle ribbing on both sides. The photo above shows one side of this interlock, the photo below shows the other side.

Knit Fabric Overview - One Little Minute Blog - Interlock right side

Interlocks are known for being more stretchy than jersey. Again, it totally will depend on the content, weight, and weave of the particular interlock that you are using. Getting fabric in your hands is a critical part of this learning process! The more you feel and stretch knit fabrics, the better acquainted you will become with their different characteristics.

Since we’re looking at the front and backs of some fabrics, I’ll show you the front and back of four common knits:

Knit Fabrics Overview- One Little Minute Blog - different weaves

Sample 1 is the same striped interlock shown above. The stitches on the front and back are the same. Also notable is that the striped pattern shows on both sides. That shows that this is a yard-dyed material, rather than printed. You can use either side of this material as the right side.

Sample 2 is french terry. It’s a single-knit fabric so the front and back are different. The front on french terry is smooth, and the back has loose loops. Think of a towel (which is terry cloth). You can think of french terry as feeling a little like a towel on the wrong side of the fabric. Also, notice that the pattern is printed on the material and only shows on the front.

Sample 3 is sweatshirt fleece. Again, it’s a single-knit fabric with a smooth front. This time the back has a soft and fuzzy nap, making for perfect outerwear. You’ll notice this fabric is also printed.

Sample 4 is jersey. Do you recognize the v’s on the front and the horizontal stitches on the back? The pattern on this one shows through to the back, but just because the material is thin. This is also a printed knit.

Fun to start to recognize the differences, right? There’s lots more where that came from!

To give you a good overview of the variety of knit fabrics, I’m going to walk you through some knits from my stash. I’ll share the weave, stretch, weight and recovery of each, as well as a project for which it is well suited. I’ll start with the lightest weight and move down through to the heaviest.

Feather Weight Jersey Sweater Knit:

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This fabric came from a tee shirt from Forever 21 that a friend handed down to me. I have no idea what it’s content is, but it is so light weight it’s almost sheer. It is a jersey, with a right and wrong side. The fabric only stretches horizontally, but stretches well. It also bounces right back to original shape after being stretched, and the ends don’t roll.

Because of the light weight, breezy feel of this fabric, I used it on a summer tee shirt for Milo. The stretchiness allows him to move and play wildly (as is his way), and even after a long afternoon outside, the tee still holds it’s shape.

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Light Weight Slinky Single Knit:

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My mom picked this beauty up at JoAnn’s last year sometime, and while I was home for the summer I begged a piece from her. It’s super slinky and soft, light weight, and has pretty great four-way stretch. The recovery is great, which means I could use it for a tighter tee or dress without worrying about it stretching out and becoming baggy throughout the day. The ends of this fabric don’t roll after stretching.

I haven’t used this particular fabric yet, but I love the Poetry in Motion Tunic that Miriam made using a similar material. The slinky, drapey fabric looks awesome with all those cascades and ruffles.

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Knit Overview - One Little Minute Blog - Spandex

Spandex (or Lycra) is generally super duper stretchy in all four directions, and recovers as if it hadn’t been stretched. It’s amazing. These qualities make it perfect for activewear, dance wear, and swimsuits. The ends of spandex don’t roll.

I used a thick, printed (meaning the back side was plain, not polka dotted) spandex for my ruffled tankini. The spandex I used was almost too heavy weight for the ruffles that I created. It would have probably looked better with a slightly lighter weight spandex. I loved the weight for the actual suit, though. It feels high quality.
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Medium Weight Jersey Knit:

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This fabric is just slightly heavier weight than the last, and a lot of the other characteristics are the same. It stretches well in both directions, and has good recovery. The ends of this fabric don’t roll, but unravel to the first row.

Because it’s slightly heavier, I wouldn’t use it for a drapey top. It worked perfectly as a flowy maxi skirt, though! I made this one last summer and still wear it often.

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Light Weight Jersey Knit:

how to choose a knit fabric- one little minute blog - light weight cotton jersey

This fabric is light weight, and has good horizontal stretch but zero vertical stretch. That becomes really important when cutting your pattern. Everything will have to be lined up with the stretch along the stripes, or else cut large enough to fit without stretch. The recovery of this one isn’t great. It will definitely be stretched out a bit at the end of the day and need a wash/dry cycle to recover it’s shape. Even though it’s jersey, the ends of this fabric roll minimally.

I used this stripe on the leggings of a little Olivia the Pig costume for the daughter of my friend Jen. The horizontal stretch let them fit well around her legs, and no vertical stretch was needed. The weight was perfect for a legging, like a thick tight beneath her dress. (The dress is made of a lightweight four-way stretch jersey knit like the one coming up next!)

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Lightweight Four-way Stretch Jersey Knit:

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This lightweight jersey stretches well in all four directions, and recovers easily. It has a soft and drapey hand, and an almost-slippery texture. The ends of this fabric roll a lot.

Because of the drape and stretch, it was perfect for this tee-shirt dress (tutorial coming on Thursday!) It pulls on easily over my head, and even though the dress is cut straight down my body, I can move easily. Dreamy fabric.
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Lightweight Lining Interlock:

how to choose a knit fabric- one little minute blog - cheap polyester interlock

I found this material in the clearance bin of my local fabric store. I had no information about it except for that it was nude and stretched a little bit, which is just what I needed. Looking closely, I can see that it is an interlock knit. It stretches easily along the width of the fabric, but has a tough time recovering. It also runs when stretched to tightly. The ends don’t roll, but do unravel a bit.

Even though it is clearly a cheaper quality material, it worked wonderfully as the lining for this lace-overlay dress. The lace had just a bit of stretch, too, so the two worked well together. I can fit it over my head, but inserted a zipper so that I won’t run the lining by stretching it out.

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Lightweight Rib Knit:

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This rib knit stretches super duper wide across the ribs, and very little vertically. It recovers as if it hadn’t been stretched. The ribs are the same on the back, just inverted. Because you can get so much horizontal stretch from a rib knit, often clothing made with them look tiny until you put them on! The ends don’t roll at all.

I have a few rib knits in my stash and haven’t used them for anything except for sleeve and hem bands. Miriam made this great Grandpa Sweater for her son with a rib knit, though, and it shows off the texture well.

Rib Knit- one little minute blogBasic Tee Shirt Jersey:

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This plain jersey came from a basic white tee shirt. It barely stretches at all in any direction and is medium weight. Because it doesn’t stretch much, it doesn’t require much recovery. Even though this is jersey, it’s stiff enough the ends do not roll very much, even after stretching.

Because of the minimal stretch of this knit, it is only suitable for looser-fitting projects. I used it for the front of this raglan tee for Milo, and it works great. I did ensure the neckline was wide enough to fit over his head without stretching, though, to make sure he could get it on!

Basic Tee Shirt Knit - One Little Minute Blog

Medium Weight Four-Way Stretch Jersey:

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This fabric stretches minimally in both directions. The weight makes it more stable and less flowy than some of the samples above. It will work well for less-drapey projects. The ends on this fabric roll so much it would roll up into one long tube if you let it.

When I bought this knit, I intended to use it for a maxi dress. When I put the dress together the skirt stood straight out like a triangle! The fabric just wasn’t light enough weight to drape well. So, I cut it off just above the knee and it became the Summer Chevron Dress. Now I test the drape of my knits by holding them up next to my body before choosing a dress design!

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Medium Weight Interlock:

how to choose a knit fabric- one little minute blog - medium weight cotton interlockThis interlock stretches well along the width, but doesn’t recover very well. Because the edges don’t roll, it will be easier to work with than some jerseys. The ends on this knit won’t roll.

The weight and stretch make it a great fabric for a more structured dress pattern like this circle-skirt dress with a waistband that I made with a similar fabric in a different print (tutorial coming on Thursday!) The slight stiffness of the weight holds the circle skirt in pretty waves. The bodice of the dress is fitted, but not tight, so it won’t require the recovery that a tighter dress might.

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Medium Weight Double Knit:

how to choose a knit fabric- one little minute blog - double knitI received this material from someone who was destashing her sewing room. Both sides are the same, but I can tell it is a double knit because when it is stretched out I can see the ribs running vertically along both sides. It is nice and thick, stretches easily widthwise and pretty well vertically. It has okay recovery, but will definitely stretch out a little over the course of a day. The ends stay flat, even after stretching.

I loved the color and weight of this material for my silk-collar knit tee. The fabric is warm for a comfortable long-sleeved shirt. I love how the heavier weight keeps the shirt from looking too slouchy. I have some more and can’t wait to make it into some sweatpants for the boys. It would also make a great fitted dress.

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Medium Weight Sweatshirt Fleece:

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 This sweatshirt fleece isn’t very stretchy, but it is so comfortable! As I explained above, the front is smooth and the back is soft pile. Because of the minimal stretch, there isn’t much room for recovery, but this sample did well. The ends don’t roll.

One obvious use for sweatshirt fleece is for a sweatshirt! This little hoodie I made for Milo is light enough weight he can wear it under his coat without overheating, but it also works great as a stand-alone outer layer.

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Medium Weight Polartec Fleece:

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This thick fleece has a soft pile on both sides. Fleece stretches minimally in both directions, with more stretch across the width. The ends of this fabric will roll a little when stretched, but won’t fray at all, which makes it really easy to work with.

Fleece works for all types of outerwear, and I loved using it for this dalmatian costume for Eliot. It was warm and comfortable, and he didn’t have to wear a coat over it to trick-or-treat!

fleece- one little minute blogThere are so many different knits, I could go on and on and still not hit on all of them. I hope the information and examples above give you an idea of how to judge the qualities of the knit fabrics you have or find in the store. Now that I am more familiar with knits, I often buy them online, but I am still surprised sometimes by the weights and stretch of some that I expected to be different. When possible, its always better to chose fabric in person so you can feel it with your hands.

Unfortunately, most fabric stores carry very few knits, and then only in basic colors. Online you can find a huge variety of types, weights, and patterns. Here are some of my favorite resources for buying knits online:

The Fabric Fairy: This site has a huge variety of types of knit and patterns. Megan does a great job curating her selection. In particular, the swimsuit fabric section is the best I’ve found. I’ve ordered several of my favorite knits from here (including the polka dot spandex on my swimsuit), and I am always impressed by the quality. The fabric information is also super detailed, so you can have a good idea what you are going to get! On Thursday you will have a chance to win $50.00 credit to The Fabric Fairy!

Nick of Time Textiles: This is a wholesale and discount fabric shop with a zillion knit options. The only problem is that some of them have a minimum order requirement of 70 yards. If you can find one you like that doesn’t have the minimum, the fabrics are great. I’ve ordered from them a couple times.

Funkalicious Fabrics: The name fits, this Etsy shop stocks some pretty funky stuff. I’ve ordered from Victoria a couple times, and the fabrics have been great. However, there is not a whole lot of info about the fabrics themselves, so you may be surprised.

Girl Charlee: I haven’t yet ordered from this site, but it has a vast selection and good prices.

In general, Etsy is a good place to look if you are searching for something specific (fox print velour? check.) Just make sure you include “knit fabric” in the search terms, and check “supplies” rather than “handmade”.

Overview of Knit Fabrics - One Little Minute Blog - Best information ever!I hope you’ve learned a little something, and are excited to get your hands on some stretchy fabric!

Today Miriam is teaching all about how to cut knit fabric. The process is different from cutting wovens, so you’ll want to head over and check it out. And don’t miss out on the chance to win a Fiskars Starter Kit which includes: a 18 x 24″cutting mat, 45 mm rotary cutter, and 6″ x 24″ acrylic ruler on Mad Mim today!

Tomorrow I’ll walk you through the process of creating a pattern from your favorite tee shirt. Miriam will teach you to draft your own pattern using your measurements! Then on Wednesday we’ll get started sewing!

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  1. Posted January 7, 2013 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    wow wow wow! this is EXACTLY what i need/have been looking for. so incredibly helpful. THANK YOU!!

    • Miranda
      Posted January 7, 2013 at 10:39 am | Permalink

      I’m so glad! Happy fabric shopping:)

      • Anya
        Posted March 23, 2014 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

        Dear Miranda,
        thanks so much for the useful info! Can I ask you something? Do you know which knit fabrics don’t shrink much? Or do all knit jerseys have high shrinkage? Thank you!

        • Miranda
          Posted April 4, 2014 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

          Content is more important than type. Cottons will shrink, polys and spandex tend not to.

  2. Posted January 7, 2013 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Oh, what a fun post! I order from Girl Charlee all the time, and I really like their knits. They have a nice selection and good prices. 🙂

    • Miranda
      Posted January 7, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

      I’ve seen some great prints from her shop. I’ll put it on my list (for when I’ve sewn through my current stash…!)

  3. Posted January 7, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    Wow! AMAZING. Seriously, this is so detailed, I love it! Great job!

  4. Posted January 7, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    I just made myself a top with rib knit last night… I’m loving all this knit information as I plan on sewing more with them. Thanks for the store links. 🙂

    • Miranda
      Posted January 8, 2013 at 9:40 am | Permalink

      You’re welcome! I’m happy you’re enjoying the series so far. So much more to come! xo

  5. Terry
    Posted January 11, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to try it out!

  6. Posted January 11, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

    Thank you SOOOO much for this tutorial. I sew a lot but have not done much with knits. 2013 is my year to change that!

  7. Posted January 12, 2013 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    Those little square samples take me back to my sewing lesson days (while I was in middle school). We had books and pinned in samples, almost identical to those with different types of fabric. Seeing them took me back to Kathy’s basement, making things I generally didn’t want to wear. Thankfully, my sewing has improved since then!

  8. Posted January 15, 2013 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    This is one of the best posts that I have ever come across on fabric. It was so informative! I sew a TON with knits but I haven’t really known how to tell them apart. This was so helpful. I just came across the series and I am super excited to follow along! Thanks 🙂

    • Miranda
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 11:40 pm | Permalink

      Hi there Jen! I’m so happy you learned something from my post. I know you sew a ton with knits…I love your blog! I hope you enjoy the rest of the series, and come hang out even when it ends:)


  9. Posted January 17, 2013 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    Thanks for mentioning my book. Great blog post! You have such a vast knowledge on it all. Really cool!

  10. Posted February 13, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Oh wow, this is the best post! I got referred over here by Sonja (GingerMakes) because I posted about making my first Briar and she said that you had great posts and tips, and you definitely do! Thank you so much, all of this is so helpful!

    • Miranda
      Posted February 15, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      Hi Eleyna! I LOVE the Briar!! I’m so glad you hopped on over, and I hope you learn something useful! xo

  11. Posted February 15, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    What a super informative post! Thanks for sharing! So I’ve been stalking (ahem combing) your archives and wondering if you’ve had any problems with jersey knits getting holes in the fabric despite using a ballpoint needle? Mine always look good for the first few washes but after a while, some of the fabrics get holes near the zigzagged seams. Maybe I need more ease? Or a serger? Or ????

    • Miranda
      Posted February 15, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

      Hmm. I haven’t noticed holes in my own handmade clothes, but I totally get them in some of my off the rack knits. I wonder if the jersey is just too lightweight? Maybe reinforce the seams and hems with some knit hem tape before stitching? That’s all I got…let me know if you come up with something that helps!


  12. 5 Tummies
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    I love you for gathering and sharing this information. For a new seamtress who love’s nothing but knits. Your tutorial will becoming my go to before purchasing knits online. I project pictures using the sample knits was right on the spot. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! XOXO from Colorado!

  13. Posted June 5, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for mentioning Girl Charlee Fabrics and great post on the different types of fabric. I am definitely going to pin this for all our customers who have lots of questions about fabric.

    • Miranda
      Posted June 8, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

      Of course! You’ve got such a great selection! xoxo

  14. Candace
    Posted June 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Wow what a thorough and informative blog! I am a very beginner sewer and this is going to make a great reference for me. Thank for sharing your knowlege.

  15. Nancy
    Posted July 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    A. Thank you, thank you, thank you for this concise, comprehensible knit tutorial! I’m making a skirt to model two I’ve bought from Target and love so much that they’ll soon be worn out. I’ve never sewn with knits, so here goes….

    B. Dang, you look good in a bikini!


  16. Rubel
    Posted February 3, 2014 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    what an excellent idea! I am impressed to your job and this is going to make a great reference for me. Thank for sharing your knowledge & skill. Best of luck……

  17. Posted February 14, 2014 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    Miranda, this is just an amazing post! We will definitely be sharing out on our Girl Charlee Fabrics blog for our Knit Tips and Tricks series. We really appreciate the link backs too. Give us a shout if you want to collaborate on something knitty 🙂


  18. Latoya
    Posted February 15, 2014 at 10:43 am | Permalink


    Thank you for a wonderful explanation on different types of fabric for stretchy material. I would like to make a pair of my own leggings I have a 95% rayon and 5% spandex blend pair that I absolutely love. Is a 4 way stretch only recommended for this blend? Typically what type of knit would accomplish this: tricot, weft, warp, jersey (light weight jersey, 4 stretch jersey) etc.? Im so confused? Any guidance would help!

    Thanks in advance!


    • Miranda
      Posted February 15, 2014 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

      I prefer to use 4 way stretch for leggings, no matter the blend. You should be able to find it in many combinations. I would steer clear of jersey, and stick to interlock knits in medium weights. Good luck!

  19. Posted February 17, 2014 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    I loved this post! Just what I was lookin for! So helpful. I’m looking to make some baby boy leggings for my infant-any suggestions on what knit to use?

    • Miranda
      Posted February 17, 2014 at 10:19 pm | Permalink

      I’d for sure recommend a 4-way stretch with at least 5% spandex in the content. Lighter weight old, stretchy tee shirts and stuff usually work great for baby leggings, too if you want to refashion:)

  20. Posted February 23, 2014 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this brilliant guide to knit fabrics. I’m very new to sewing with knit, and I have been struggling to understand the different types of knit, their characteristics and when to use them.

  21. Posted March 31, 2014 at 1:26 am | Permalink

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  22. Jessica
    Posted July 7, 2014 at 11:36 pm | Permalink

    Hi can you explain spandex fabrics to me? I am making a bikini bottom and I want the front to be green and the back to be yellow. Both colors are 85% nylon and 15% spandex. I got them home and realized the yellow is much more stretchy in the vertical direction than the green fabric. They are both equally stretchy horizontally. I already made a design for a bikini bottom using only the green fabric. If make another one using both green and yellow it’s going to be too big. How could I have known his about the fabric before I bought it? I had assumed they would have the same stretch since the fiber content was the same. Thanks for your help!!

    • Miranda
      Posted July 16, 2014 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

      Hi there! Since you’re probably not going to be stretching the bottoms too much vertically, they should work just fine! In fact, that may be great since the yellow will need some extra stretch for the bottom. You can take a little bit of length off of the back pattern piece if you’re worried about it! Should be just fine, though. Good luck!

  23. Stephanie
    Posted July 27, 2014 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    Hi. Thanks for all of the great info! I’m interested in making dance shorts and tops. I like the idea of heavier fabrics so I don’t have to double the fabric or completely line them. What fabric weight and percentage blend of Lycra/spandex to cotton/other fabric do you recommend? I’d love any feedback!

    • Miranda
      Posted September 3, 2014 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

      For dance wear, I’d stick to a straight substrate, like lycra, spandex, or polyester knit. The recovery will be much better than with a cotton blend. Weights are tricky, I usually like to order samples or actually feel the fabric myself before I buy it to know if it has the properties I’m looking for. Good Luck!

  24. Joi
    Posted October 8, 2014 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Thank you, Miranda! I am bookmarking this page for internet shopping purposes. I really love knit fabrics; however, I can never tell which ones are which. This helps a lot!

    • Miranda
      Posted October 17, 2014 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

      Happy to help!

  25. judy
    Posted November 20, 2014 at 4:45 pm | Permalink

    Thanks so much for this mini tutorial. I don’t know much about knits, so this helps a lot!!

  26. Posted December 11, 2014 at 5:27 am | Permalink

    Nice Article….Thanks for sharing such a great information about knitting of fabrics……..It will help those who are fond of sewing….. 🙂

  27. Kathy Young
    Posted January 4, 2015 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Oh..this is such wonderful information!!!! I’m even more excited about making my own clothes. I just got a dressmaker’s dummy for Christmas! I’ve been wanting one for SO long! Wish me luck!!

    Thanks for sharing!! You’re the best to pin the fabric pieces to make it easier to see what the fabric is! Genius!!

    Thanks again!!

    Kathy Young

  28. Jennifer R.
    Posted January 12, 2015 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    Instead of having to research each fabric separately, you gave great, concise info on each. Very helpful and saved me a ton of time. Thank you!

  29. Posted February 19, 2015 at 12:00 am | Permalink

    I have been trying to figure out the differences and read most thoroughly your explanations regarding different knits. It appears I have four separate good amounts of double knits in different colors and want to make dresses for my two adult daughters. I fear, though, they would stretch from sitting, etc. I noticed you did not mention linings in your very helpful tutorial but three of my four fabrics stretch quite a lot horizontally and not vertically. One of them does not have much horizontal stretch and very little vertical. Are linings my answer? These fabrics were given to me so I am learning about them. Thanks for anything you can add to my “education”. I have been sewing since a very young girl, about 6 or 7, I guess. I am 73 now and have delayed using knits. I think it is time I learned, don’t you think??? Thanks for your wonderful article. I will print it off and keep it in my files. Sincerely, Mary Lou

    • Miranda
      Posted February 21, 2015 at 8:48 am | Permalink

      Mary Lou, sewing dresses for your daughters sounds like such a thoughtful venture! As far as the fabrics stretching out, usually knits have stretch AND recovery, which allows the fabric to bounce back after being stretched out. That makes it okay to sit, move, kick, etc. and not permanently change the shape of the garment. It sounds to me like you have three fabrics that will work well for dresses. The one fabric that stretches very little would of course work, too, but you’d need to treat it like a woven and add darts, account for ease, etc. I rarely line a knit garment. When I do it is for modesty, like when sewing a lace dress, than for stretch.

      Good luck!

  30. Gina
    Posted April 6, 2015 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Hi. I am looking for tube cotton blend (?) lightweight knit jersey in a tube. Any ideas? I can’t seem to find any. I also need the fabric to roll onto itself when I cut it into 1″ strips and stretch it. Thank you!

  31. Mary Ellen
    Posted August 29, 2015 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Will a 4-way stretch work for a pattern that calls for a moderate two-way stretch? Or will it just hang all loose? I think I read somewhere that if using a 4-way, a size smaller pattern could be used. How do you think that would work? Thanks for any advice.

  32. Posted April 13, 2016 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    I really appreciate that you show the fabric swatches when normal and then stretched as well as examples of items sewn with them. I am about to tackle my first jersey knit sewing project and wanted to learn more about knit fabrics. Your post gave such much helpful info, thank you!

  33. bb
    Posted May 18, 2016 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this! It has been very helpful and informative.

  34. Debbie
    Posted June 6, 2016 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Hi! Your article is very helpful! What do you know about using interlocking twist yarn jersey knit lightweight fabric for dresses, skirts, and tops?

  35. tharake
    Posted November 2, 2016 at 4:43 am | Permalink

    amazing article , keep up the good work!

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