Jersey Knit Fabric Bundle Makes by Di
Posted in Product Reviews on Friday the 9th June 2017 by Vicki Ormerod
Minerva Crafts recently asked for bloggers to review their products, so I jumped at the chance! Every so often I get an email with some of the products from their extensive range available to review. So when an email arrived that included Fabric Bundles I chose a 10m bundle of Knit Fabrics, retailing at £19.99.
I love fabric bundles, they often contain fabrics I wouldn't actually choose when searching the Internet. I find them a great way to get fabric at greatly reduced prices, that challenges me to think how I will use them.
There are loads of fabric bundles on the website, some by colour ranges, some by fabric type and at different costs. The description of the one I chose included
"Each fabric piece in your pack will be at least half a metre long and your pack can contain any number of pieces in various lengths and widths to make up the total amount of metres. I.e. you may receive 20 half metre pieces, 1 ten metre piece, or anything in between. There are no seconds or soiled fabrics in these packs, they are all as you would buy them per metre in a shop."
My pack contained 8 pieces of cloth, all of lengths I could make something useful with. Non of the fabrics are labelled, so my comments are based on my knowledge of fabrics and how to identify them using a burn test.
There were 2 pieces of viscose jersey in plain colours. I have no immediate use for them, but they will be useful in the future, I often use lightweight jersey for tops or lining. There was only one piece that I don't know what I'll use it for, but it may come in useful to make a sample garment when trying out a pattern.
There was just under 1m of a stretch net/lace fabric with a velour type finish in brown/beige, after a bit of thought I searched my pattern collection and made Kwik Sew 3467 with short sleeves. I've already worn it quite a lot, it's surprisingly warm and not see through considering its lacy construction.
Next I decided to make an exercise top from a grey and pink striped single jersey that contains some Lycra, it's quite stable with good stretch and recoil. I made use of another pattern I already had McCall's 7116 as I wanted something close fitting, but not tight to wear to Zumba. I used strips of the horizontal stripe to bind the front and armhole edges. I've worn it and it washed well, giving freedom of movement without being too clingy.
One piece was quite a bright, but thin, nylon Lycra that draped really well. It took me a while to decide what to make with it, it's not absorbent and too thin for another exercise top. Yet again I turned to my pattern collection and found Vogue 8251 I adapted this pattern so that it is more loose fitting. The fabric worked well with the shoulder area design and the looser fit makes it comfortable to wear in hotter weather, allowing air to circulate.
There was one larger piece of fabric. Approx 3.5m of 100% cotton double jersey. The design immediately made my think of home wear designs as a child, but then I'm 62, so I suppose that just makes it Vintage rather than old fashioned. Double jersey is a stable knit, but 100% cotton is prone to bagging so it took me a while to decide what to make with it. What I realised was that this cloth will be quite warm and good for 'lounge wear' i.e. duvet day type winter wear! So another trawl through my patterns found McCall's 6658. The slouchy top is similar to Japanese patterns and certainly something I need the instructions for! I was able to make the top and pyjama trousers from this cloth and they're sure to be a winter favourite.
Up to now there is only one piece of fabric I'm unsure what to do with. There's nothing wrong with it, it's just black and quite bulky, two things that I avoid! I'll probably use it to make something for someone else, I just have to decide who and what!
I now have 5 garments, plus 4 pieces of cloth all for under £20. I'd certainly have to pay more than that for the winter loungewear. Everything I made only needed a bit of interfacing and elastic, however I know I'm lucky to have collected loads of patterns and I'm happy to adapt them.
There are so many different fabric bundles to choose from I feel there's something for everyone. If, like me, you have clothes with nothing to go with them, buying a colour coordinated bundle could give you an opportunity to make clothes using fabrics that you might not normally choose.
If you're up for a bit of a challenge, especially if you usually stick to the same type of fabric, then I'd really encourage you to give a fabric bundle a try.
Thanks for reading everyone!
Di @ www.sew-it.biz
Fiona Pullen said:
Wow what great use you got from that bundle! Very inventive. · 12th Jun 2017 10:14am
A crafter said:
Di, I love what you have done with the Fabric Bundle, and what I like most, is seeing a more mature woman looking great and very trendy. Keep up the good work. Cheers Morag · 12th Jun 2017 10:08am