...and recently in the new Vogue 1370 dress...both were purchased from Moods NYC store...
I have a couple of additional pieces of both fabric types in the collection...
Green merino wool double knit, honey beige doublesided wool crepe,
and red merino wool double knit, all from Fabric Mart
...I just recently added this one also from Fabric Mart which has them on sale for Premium Members now for 30% off. Can I talk a little about the fact that the stretch goes from selvedge to selvedge on this piece? I personally love this because when cutting out pattern pieces, it puts the stretch going around my body in the finished garment. This is exactly where I need the stretch, rather than having it going lengthwise, because it expands where my body parts expand...if you know what I mean.
Now you know I'm a Talbots girl. Their selection of businesswear works for my corporate lifestyle. I even like that they have an extensive plus size section, for those that don't sew or who maybe want to purchase a piece or two. In their current selection, there's this dress and jacket which, of course, I want to make for my wardrobe.
A quick definition of these fabrics...
Double-faced or Doublesided fabrics
These fabrics have two attractive faces but cannot be separated into two layers...they are woven with four sets of yarn that move back and forth between layers.
Double knit fabrics
Are medium to heavy weight machine knit fabric, made with two sets of needles so that both sides look the same (when there is no pattern design). Fabric has little or no stretch and holds it shape well.
(These descriptions are from Claire Schaeffer's Fabric Sewing Guide - 2nd Edition - published in 2008)
A great description of the fabric and how to use it can be found here on Emmaonesock's website. These fabric guides were written by Kathryn Brenne.
I know that many women don't need to dress in the same type of professional/corporate clothing that I wear but these fabrics work great for a cute little jacket or a pencil and/or straight skirt not just the dresses I love. If you get the chance to add some to your fabric collection, I highly recommend that you do so! Periodically, I will be featuring on the blog other types of fabric that I love sewing with, along with where you can find them - these are just the first.
The pants and the first top are completed for the Crazy 8 wardrobe. It's snowing here in NJ so no pics today...soon though!
...as always more later!