Thursday, August 2, 2012

Spoke too soon.

Remember when I made my second Renfrew top and couldn't get the grain to lay straight, and concluded that it probably didn't matter?

It mattered.


This is how it looks after washing and drying on delicate.  I've worn this top a couple times now, and it does in fact twist slightly around my body when I wear it, and obviously the bindings are quite twisted too after washing.  So I'm ending up ironing this one before wearing.  I don't really mind, since I kind of like ironing.  But it does seem a little odd to iron one's t-shirts.

And maybe I can just wear it like this on days I feel like reliving the '90s?

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  1. I have a store-bought jersey shirt that is sewn on the bias and the bindings are the same as yours. It looks nice, different, so maybe you can call it a design feature?

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    1. That's what I'm telling myself . . .

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  2. Ahh yes! This is called torquing and I used to have this problem all the time when I was a tech designer. It's a shame that it twisted but at least its a good learn!

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    1. I agree! This fabric really fought me - I spent well over an hour trying to get the grain straight, and finally gave up!

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  3. I've had this happen with machine made t-shirts before, it is really annoying. It deeply saddens me to see it happen to one of your beautiful hand made ones!

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  4. Eeep, now I'm scared of what will happen when I sew up one I have cut out, lol! Gosh grain is SUCH a pain, lol. It makes me mad, cos I often find it really hard to get straight, and it brings out my OCD side, lol.

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    1. I know! And it seems harder to me with knits, because they're so floppy!

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    2. I'm with you fellers. I wonder if fabric sellers will give a refund if the fabric is clearly off-grain? That seems like a defect. Now I feel a little better about spending so much extra time laying out the fabric juuuuuust right before cutting.

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    3. I'd feel kind of terrible asking for one though, because it was only $5 a yard. A $10 sewing lesson isn't too hard to stomach. This fabric has a goodly portion of rayon, and since I'm still a novice where knits are concerned, I think it's more of a case of choosing a fabric that's beyond my skill level.

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    1. At least this is the only one of the four I made that does this!

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  6. Sounds like a lesson learned.
    Perhaps a change out of bindings -
    of course, that would cost more time than the matter requires.
    Great looking fabric, though, Gail.

    hugs

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    1. It's still wearable :-) But definitely a lesson learned!

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