One of the things I love about hosting the KNITerviews and doing my own posts on sewing with knits is that I end up finding all sorts of new resources to share. I’m so thrilled with how many people tell me they take the plunge and start sewing with knits after reading something I’ve posted about knit sewing, but I want to point out that there are so many OTHER great places to go for good information on knit sewing too! Here’s a few that you might find interesting or useful:
Another knit maternity top today! See how big the belly is getting? Fun fun!! I made this swingy raglan style tee with 3/4 sleeves and a drapey cowl neck last year but it wasn’t very flattering on my non-pregnant self. Definitely works as a maternity top though! The fabric is a peach bamboo jersey (purchased at Field’s Fabrics) that is so stretchy and comfortable.
Though…I should mention that I don’t buy many bamboo fabrics anymore since it’s really hard to tell whether they’ve been manufactured with a closed-loop chemical process. Bamboo is easy to grow organically due to the fact that it’s basically an invasive weed, but the chemical process that turns bamboo into a woven fiber can be an…
Today’s Knit Necklines tutorial (see Part I and Part II for standard neckband and bias-bound neckline finishes) will show you how to finish a knit neckline with a strip of knit fabric, but this time it gets flipped to the inside of the tee so it’s invisible…well, sort of. Technically, a line of stitches will still be visible, but the strip of knit you use to finish the neck won’t be. I love this finish for Clementine’s tees (this one and this one, for example), and it works especially well on boatneck tees. On top of that, it’s super profesh looking. And one other thing: if you loath hemming knits, this is also…
Today’s Knit Necklines tutorial will show you how to finish a knit neckline with a strip of knit fabric. This is a standard knit edge finish that you’ll find is very useful for more than just necklines! I also recommend that you also read yesterday’s tutorial on adding a standard knit neckband if you haven’t already.
First, let’s make sure you’re ready to sew:
- put a ballpoint or stretch needle in your machine
- stitch length is set to a slightly longer straight stitch
- I HIGHLY recommend stretch thread (be sure to read my post on stretch thead if you haven’t already!). If you can’t rustle up some stretch thread, set your machine to a long-ish narrow
Along with hemming, I think finishing knit necklines might be one of the more difficult techniques to master when making clothes from knit fabrics. So I’ve made three different knit neckline finish tutorials for you! This one — adding a standard knit neckband — will be the first of the three. This happens to be the default way the neckband is finished in my Flashback Skinny Tee sewing pattern, though that pattern also includes a few other alternate neckline finishes as well. I think you’ll find that this will work for pretty much any knit tee with a round-ish neck hole (in other words, you would need to modify this for a v-neck or boatneck tee).
I also want to say that…
Whenever I do the KNITerviews, I get really geeked about sewing with knits which makes me want to add a few extra posts to help get people started sewing with knits. I throw these posts into a side series called “KNITS: Stretch Yourself” which you can find on my knits page along with the KNITerviews. There’s a few pretty good posts in that series, including a post on hemming, a video on using a walking foot on knits, and a tutorial for a cute knit hat from my friend Shannon, among other things. This year I thought I’d include a few more of these posts again, adding a few new “tricks” that I’ve learned since…
I’ve had more than a few people ask me for resources when it comes to shopping for knits, so I wanted to share a few of my absolute favorite knit fabrics of all time and a few places where you can find them. I’m also adding this post to the “KNITS: Stretch Yourself” series, which is a set of posts that contains tips and tricks for knit sewing and such.
One thing I want to say first is that you might notice that most of these knits retail for over $12/yard. I just don’t find many $6/yd knits that I love. Some are OK, but not great. Most get pilly after a few washes. Think about it though: most knits come in 60″…
A few weeks ago, inspired by the KNITerviews, I hauled out my serger and a pile of knits and started cutting some maternity tops. I managed to get two finished (and a third mostly finished), and here they are (I took these pics at about 30 weeks a couple weeks ago):
I used another knit top from my closet to make a pattern for these. My goal was to make a few tees that would work post-partum too, so I’m hoping these won’t get too stretched out by the Amazing Belly here so that I will still be able to wear them after Baby Boy comes. My belly is even bigger now than it was in these pics and my belly button is…
Please welcome Jessica of A Little Gray today for our final KNITerview! Jessica’s blog is a fun read, with a great mix of quilting and sewing (much of it for her two kiddos). Her work with knits first caught my eye with an awesome raglan hoodie outfit she made for her son Hendrix for Season 4 Project Run and Play, a season which, incidentally, she won. She also teaches the “Sewing with Knits” class at Sewn Studio in Cincinnati, so I figured she might know a thing or two about sewing with knits, eh? I was lucky enough to be a guest this past…
We are nearing the end of our KNITerview series with our second to last interview! Today’s guest is someone who always wows me with her knit skills! Cherie of You and Mie creates fantastic knit garments both for herself and her CRAZY CUTE KIDDOS (as you will soon see!). I love that Cherie often chooses sophisticated prints — think Nani Iro — and colors for her children, which gives her blog and clothing a very modern feel. Welcome, Cherie!!!
CHERIE: Ahh, one of the last Kniterviewees . . . not a person that you should envy, trying to follow up all the knit knowledge that the previous guests have already shared. I definitely wouldn’t consider myself an expert at all,…
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