Up until a few years ago I was a woven-fabric snob; I thought knits looked too casual and they were appropriate only for bed or the gym. I didn't have the exposure to knits from a young age like I did with woven fabrics, so I never knew that they could be draped into stylish silhouettes. I also didn't know that knits come in fibres like modal, viscose and excel- all of which have the sheen and drape of silk, and at the same time that inherent casual look of a knit that is often needed to make a dressy outfit look effortless.
So when I wanted to make knit garments in-house, people told me I would need to hire a tailor who knew how to handle knit fabric, I would need a couple of additional machines, and that procuring fabric in small quantities would be a pain. But every doubt I conveyed to my production team just made them more motivated to overcome these challenges with our existing machinery! We bought different needles for our machines, reduced the tension while tailoring, and got some sample fabric to experiment with. I didn't want to buy a flat lock machine until I was sure we could handle knits and make the garments in-house, so I was keen on making our first sample with our single needle lockstitch machine and the overlock machine.
I always knew I had a talented production team, but I didn't know the kind of magic they could make together until they produced this knit sample!
I can barely contain my excitement! This means that once I buy a flatlock machine we can do all kinds of draped silhouettes in knit fabric, and I can look into using striped fabrics or getting mud-resist block prints done on the knit fabric. How cool would a draped, block printed knit top look with one of our dhoti pants?
Here's to my amazing production team, for doing what many said is not possible!