I should have known better. I should have known better that there was something wrong when the pattern on which I was working was going so beautifully well. Whenever a pattern works out so well, it is almost always has a catch, right?
Well, Low and behold, I got a lesson in ribbing today. (Ribbing is the stuff around the edges of T-shirts and sweatshirts that make the opening "hug" the body by being really stretchy. (Here's a sample of some that I have, but it doesn't match color wise what I am working on)
First thing I learned... They no longer make ribbing tape like they used to. When my mom was sewing, way back in the day :0), the T-shirts were not as cheap at Walmart as they are now. Apparently as T-shirts became cheaper, less people needed ribbing for sewing projects so they no longer make a ribbing bias tape. Either that or just can't find it. So instead nowadays, you got to make it yourself... using material off a bolt and folding it like bias tape. Then you got to stretch some parts of it but not others as you are maneuver it around the neck opening so that it will lay flat when worn. Pain in the butt!!!!! (If this last paragraph doesn't make much sense to you, don't worry, working with ribbing doesn't make much sense to me either...)
Here is the problem though. No one told me I could make the ribbing myself until after I was home from the fabric store with no fabric in which to make it.... Ugh!!! So you know what I did? I bought a clearance rib tank top at Michael's while I was there to get the material I needed and am just going to cut up the shirt rather than drive all the way back up to Joann Fabrics. Think it will work??? We shall see.
Okay, I am done with my rant about ribbing. I am off to make my first attempt. I'll let you know how it worked out when I am done.