Welcome to the Parisian Top Sew Along! It’s time to get sewing!! Let’s talk about fabric, shall we??
The Parisian should be made from a knit with at least 40% stretch. No idea how to determine stretch? Follow this handy guide to determine how much stretch your fabric has. And don’t forget to measure stretch recovery!
I highly recommend using an interlock knit or ponte if this is your first time sewing knits. These knits don’t curl when you cut them and they are a bit sturdier to sew.
What kind of knit fabric?
I prefer to use an interlock, sweater knit or a ponte knit for my Parisians but you may certainly use a jersey knit or a blend. The most important thing is the weight! You don’t really want to use something too thin. If you know the weight of the fabric, aim for something between 8-12 oz. Opt for a fabric on the lighter side for the collar. A woven fabric works fine for the collar.
Make sure it has stretch & recovery!
- Lexi Made: The purple knit is a Ponte De Roma. The weight is about 12 oz. It is nice and sturdy. Sure to hide any lumps and bumps while not being too thick. I used a rayon woven for the collar.
- Andrea’s Notebook: The black floral is a sweater knit. It has a weight of about 10 oz but feels rather thick. It was a bit too thick for the collar, actually. Next time I would use a different, thinner knit or a woven for the collar.
- Julia Bobbin: Floral skull knit is 8.5 oz. This is probably about the lightest weight you want to use. Much lighter and it will get very thin.
- See Kate Sew: This Mustard Yellow Ponte De Roma is also a 12 oz weight.
- Delia Creates: Mint & Cream striped Ponte De Roma, medium weight.
- the Girl, Inspired: Silver spandex blend knit.
- Melly Sews: Charcoal cotton spandex 8.5 oz, and a black woven cotton for the collar.
- Merrick’s Art: jersey knit stripe.
- If Only They Would Nap: the ever popular feathers fabric. 7.5 oz.
- Sew Like My Mom: interlock knit and a woven cotton for the collar.