Australian fashion label Tigerlily are pretty much as 'Aussie' as backyard bbq's. They make beautiful, slightly exy swim-wear and clothing that I used to pine for seasonally, in my pre-diy era. I am blown away that a new fabric store in town (The Fabric Store) are stocking the exact Tigerlily fabrics from their collections...by the yard! This seems kind of unusual, but complain I did not. Grab the bolt, race to the counter, shoulder checking along the way, I did. I recognized this geometric polyester knit from a dress in their collection a few summers ago. A dress that I wanted bad enough to cut and paste it into a word document...these were the days before Pinterest.
Kniterviews, something to the tune of 'I don't change much at all when sewing with knits laa laa di da'. Which is all well and dandy until I tried to sew this really stretchy fabric with a regular straight stitch. No surprises, it puckered like a you know what! Usually I avoid my machine's stretch stitch function ( uneven stitches?) but in this case it was ten times better than straight stitch. I tried so hard to line up the print but it was ta-ricky. I'm declaring polyester knit as the eel of stretch fabrics, and after much wrestling I still couldn't get it to match at the center back and side seams. Lucky its a busy print and hides it well. So don't look too close you lot!
Now I have my own, friendlier on the budget, Tigerlily dress!