If talcum powder was a fabric it would be a tissue knit. Good Lord, this stuff is so amazing against the skin. I want to be married, carried and buried in it. I bought this on a whim (no?) at Hancock’s discount bin. There is no manufacturer or fiber content information available. All it came in was white. And, I wish I would have bought the whole lot of it. The wonderful feel and absolute lightness of it more than makes up for the ginormous pain in the tuckus that befalls those who choose to work with it.
I, oblivious to the perils of the tissue knit, just started out as I would any knit. The biggest hassle is the tissue knit curls and that it’s a very sheer knit which requires French seams or serged, of which I did not do. I lightly sprayed a bit of starch on the seams, not really knowing what else to do and that did the trick. I was going to make sleeves for this top, but decided to just keep it sleeveless for my first attempt with this type of knit.
Vogue 8536 is a basic t-shirt pattern, I especially love the gathering at the side
I cut out a size 8 and see that it could do with a narrow chest adjustment or maybe tweaking the shoulders a bit.
Instructions were great, really no problems and will keep it as a TNT.
Tissue knits can run very sheer like this one.
Check out Mary Ray’s version. Totally love this.
After I finished, I found Jen from Grainline Studio’s blog post on working with Tissue Knits and she of course has great tips. She recommends using a serger, a walking foot or at the least a zigzag. All the things I did not do! I just barreled my way through with a sewing machine and all in all in looks decent and certainly wearable, maybe a bit of beginners luck. However, I love this fabric so much, I plan on making more items for my wardrobe.
Will you or have you tried tissue knit? Once you feel its softness you won’t be able to resist.
Pattern: Vogue 8536