Whenever I travel for work or personal, I really want to check out the local fabric shops. On a trip to Washington, D.C. for a conference, I took some time to visit Stitch Sew Shop in Alexandria. It was worth the metro trip for sure. I’ve never been to a shop that specializes in garment fabric. Everything we have here in Utah is all about quilting! There was a lot of wonderful fabric, but I had to make sure whatever I purchased would fit in my luggage.
I settled on a lightweight 100% merino wool jersey fabric that I could use to make a basic t-shirt. Eventually, when I got back home from my travels, I pre-washed my fabric on delicate / hand-wash cycle, cold water, with Vaska unscented laundry soap and household white vinegar for “softener”. I laid the fabric flat to dry.
Whenever I make t-shirts, I always use a knit fabric with a little bit of spandex. My preferred brands are Art Gallery and Nosh. I did not make any alterations to my t-shirt pattern when I cut out the merino wool jersey. I even cut the same length for my neckband as well.
I was worried about the fabric being like rayon where you hear about problems with your sewing machine “eating” it. However, I found the wool fabric far superior to even my cotton/spandex fabric from Art Gallery and Nosh.
- Edges rolled LESS
- Fabric stretched similarly
- Pressed like a DREAM
- Didn’t have that warble effect after stitching that knits tend to do
- Able to easily feed through the serger and sewing machine
The only negative is the price, but if the shirt lasts long and doesn’t fall apart, the price is worth it. I found working with the fabric easier than my standard cotton/spandex knit fabric. Every aspect was easier, surprisingly. If you have some merino wool jersey in your fabric stash, don’t hold back! It is lovely.
Now the only problem I have is realizing how much bunching I have on the back of my pattern. That’s the problem with taking photos and blogging; you get to see your backside and realize all the problems that need to be fixed! Sigh.