Sewing with knits is rather easy. You will need the right tools though.
I’ll show you how to thread your machine when you’re using a twin needle. It’s easier than you think!
Do you have issues with your knits rolling? Serge the edges! And you can spritz the fabric with a little bit of spray starch.
My number 1 tip with working with knits — HAND BASTE into place! This will help solve most of the shifting issues you may experience.
Sewing Sleeves using the flat method
I made another McCall's Pattern M7975 with this beautiful watercolor floral Dolce & Gabana fabric I purchased at Elfriede's Fine Fabrics in Boulder, Colorado.
I adjusted the pattern instructions to allow for a flat method sleeve construction. When I'm sewing with knits this is my preferred method. It's easier to sew something flat rather than setting in the sleeve with the sewn side seams.
Knit fabrics allow easing in the sleeves a cinch! Watch the video below and you'll may be converted too!
McCall's M7975 Review
Today was a great day for sewing since we got a pretty good snow storm. Four to six inches of snow means is my time to hibernate in my sewing room and work on a fun project.
A couple of months ago I went to Boulder and discovered my new favorite fabric store, Elfriede's Fine Fabrics. It is a beautiful store with loads of gorgeous and high quality fabric for garment sewing. Most places around here cater to quilters so I absolutely loved this store!
The Penni Top
Do you love to design and have some sewing experience? Then the Fit Nice System is for you!
Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending a two-day workshop and learned the ins and outs of this type of pattern drafting.
In the class we used the Fit Nice Pants Pattern and made a pair of pants that fit like a dream!
Everyone has a unique shape and the ready to wear sometimes just doesn't fit to truly flatter your figure. Judy Kessinger has solved the problem!
Visit her web site to learn more about her innovative way to draft patterns. She has tons of videos to help you along the way.
Once I made my pattern I decided to make a simple long sleeve top with a soft cowl neckline.
Here are the pattern pieces I used:
Basic sewing instructions:
All in all this top was easily created in an evening. I did serge the seams and added easy knit to the top of each shoulder. This adds stability to the shoulder seam along with a little bit of structure.
This top was super comfortable! My daughter told me it looked like something I would buy at Chico's! Wow! What a complement because I love to shop at Chico's.
Take a look at the video and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!
Hi! My name is Penni. I've been sewing most of my life. I love fashion sewing whether it's for a special occasion or for everyday wear. Join me and I will teach you how simple sewing can be!
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