I followed the link back to the picture source and found a post with lots of different knit embellishment techniques. The info was on one of the Russian internet blog sites. The text was in Russian but I was so interested I took the time to translate it with Google. The title translated as Decorating Knitwear, by Irinka Prosto. Thanks for sharing Irinka!
The techniques shown used strips, circles or random shape to add decorative trim and textures to knit wear. The techniques utilize some of the unique characteristics of knit fabrics, non raveling, soft texture, and for some knits the tendency to roll up on cut edges. These embellishment applications are especially effective when the fabric for the trim is the same fabric as the garment. I showed many examples of RTW garments embellished in this way.
For my presentation samples I used T shirts. I bought two of the same T shirt on sale. I used one as the garment to be trimmed, and the other as the source of matching fabric for the trim. Here are some samples I made using strips for embellishment.
|Gathered strip trim|
The 2nd T shirt sample was embellished with strips that curled in on the sides and resembled cording. I drew guidelines on the garment where I wanted to apply the trim. I pushed the curled sides apart and stitched each strip down the middle following the guidelines.
The third sample was a T shirt trimmed in fabric flowers made from, you guessed it, strips and circles of fabric. I picked my favorite fabric flowers from the wide variety found on the internet, made samples and shared them with the attendees.
There are so many kinds of flowers you can make. I was inspired by posts showing similar flower embellished garments by
Jane andThe flower embellishment appealed to my audience. In fact there were requests for me to teach an ASG member mini class in flower making. We will see. I still work full time, and I do not have a good ‘teacher temperament”. I was told “No, you cannot choose which students can attend the class.” The mini classes, being very inexpensive, can attract attendees that want a morning out for the social aspect, rather than the learning opportunity.
The top I wore while presenting the program was a knit and the embellishment was from self-fabric, however the application was a bit off topic for my presentation. I traced a favorite RTW top to get the front and back shapes. The fabric was a rayon lycra stripe knit. I cut circles out of the front in various sizes. I cut corresponding circles from scrap fabric. I sewed the circle shapes into the holes in the front using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, rotating the stripes slightly to create some visual interest.
.And those circles break up the stripes in the tummy area.
Then as an example of where you can really go with knits and embellishment, I showed the group my recently completed Alabama Chanin corset top made from the instructions and pattern in the Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns book.
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