The fabric buying spirits, though, are alive!! This beautiful grey bamboo rib knit (and some other fabric) was recently purchased from Sew Much Fabric; I noticed a bunch of rib knit garments emerge in the fashion diaspora during the past year. Although I have never sewn a garment in ribbed fabric, I did wear a closely fitted ribbed knit tunic – belted – back in 1973, ’74 and ’75. Might have a photo somewhere…..
InStyle magazine featured Melissa McCarthy in a figure hugging turquoise rib knit dress, and it is everything going for it. The dress is by Hanifa whose story I am totally obsessed with. If you’re wondering how long the dress measures to make Melissa pose on a stool, I checked Hanifa’s website – dress length is 62 inches. Do the math and you can figure out how tall Melissa McCarthy really is.
Then, I saw my friend Andrea post a full length ribbed flaming red dress of her own pattern (Misty Top) on her Instagram feed – follow her on @sewtofit and scroll down to the red dress.
According to these two books, there are some extra things to consider, other than the usual sewing-with-knit processes. “Sewing with Knits” by the Taunton Press, emerged out of a long hibernation and delivered some interesting info. Same with “Fabric Sewing Guide” by Claire Shaeffer. I will visit that info when I am actually making my ribbed knit outfit.
Which brings us to what exactly I had in mind. Here it is, sketched out and light years away from the glorious dress by Hanifa. I just cannot do figure-hugging stuff. I want mine to be close fitting only in the upper torso. Pants are very loose, as is my go-to pant style for 2021. There is some neckline interest – we shall see how that works out. Do you think you can pull off the rib knit dress a la Hanifa?
Until next time…. and hopefully with my sewing energy back in form.