Earlier this year on a trip to the craft thrift store in Sonoma County, I found a lot of royal blue knit. It is the kind of knit meant for athletic clothes with a smooth side and a textured side, but I just use it for garments with the smooth side showing. It is a stable knit and easy to sew. I don’t know why someone donated over 15 yards of it, but I bought it all for 50 cents a pound. The main reason was that a few years ago my daughter made me some gorgeous jewelry and I wanted something royal blue that would go with it:
The reviews said that the sleeves were very narrow, and they weren’t kidding. The armholes are also very tight if you are using a firm knit. I added one inch to the biceps and lowered the armholes by 3/4 inch. Making the biceps measurement larger added to the length of the sleeve cap seam line and reduced the height of the cap, but somehow lowering the armhole the amount I did cancelled out these changes and the sleeve fit in beautifully.
On a roll now, I cut out one of my favorite knit top patterns (Simplicity 4180 with many changes)
The machine is still threaded with the royal blue thread, and I haven’t even used up one 5-yard length of the fabric yet (it is very very wide, too), so I am currently trying to think of even more royal blue things to make.