Sew Knits with Confidence Nancy Zieman



I’m delighted to kick off the Sew Knits with Confidence Book and Pattern Blog Tour! Eleven bloggers have been selected to participate in this fun and creative blog tour. Bloggers will select their own fabrics and feature what they found of most interest from one of the four New Knit Patterns that I designed for Krause Publications, or my book Sew Knits With Confidence.

Newport Pullover Tops

I’d like to share with you some of the style options of the Newport Pullover.

  1. Flattering asymmetrical hemline
  2. Lightweight and drapable single-layer boat-neck collar
  3. Super-easy neckline trim
  4. Graceful cowl collar


Nancy Zieman sewing patterns Newport Pullover



I chose to make the Newport Pullover, view 2. While recording Sewing With Nancy, the top was comfy to wear, yet I felt in style. By the way, these photos were taken on the set of Sewing With Nancy during a rehearsal of a segment.

Sew Knits with Confidence Blog Tour Nancy ZiemanSewing Tips

  • With an asymmetrical hemline, the front and front insert are single pattern pieces.
  • You’ll find layout guidelines on the pattern guide sheet.


Sew Knits with Confidence Blog Tour Nancy Zieman




Sew Knits with Confidence Blog Tour Nancy Zieman



  • The trim is cut from another knit fabric, 1-1/2″ wide.
  • Use a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat for accurate and fast cutting.
  • Use as is—it’s not necessary to finish the edges—or serge the edges. The trim on my top is finished with a 3-thread overlock stitch.


Sew Knits with Confidence Blog Tour Nancy Zieman



  • Hemming is one of the first steps!
  • You’ll be guided to press up the hem, pin the trim along the hemline, then topstitch.


Sew Knits with Confidence Blog Tour Nancy Zieman



  • After sewing the shoulder seam, the sleeve is sewn in before sewing the side seam. It’s so much easier that way.
  • Pin the fabrics together at the shoulder seam/sleeve cap and at the underarm areas. That’s all that’s needed.


Sew Knits with Confidence Blog Tour Nancy Zieman



  • Serge or stitch the sleeve to the armhole with the longer layer, the sleeve, next to the feed dogs.
  • The feed dogs will automatically ease in the extra ease or fullness in the sleeve. Knits are so easy to sew!


Sew Knits with Confidence Blog Tour Nancy Zieman



  • The boat collar is a single layer. In the pattern, I’ll instruct you to pin the right side of the collar to the wrong side of the neckline. Don’t worry, I wouldn’t lead you astray!
  • After stitching, the collar is brought upward (as shown) and then folded down to create the boat neck.


Sew Knits with Confidence Blog Tour Nancy Zieman



That’s about it! Those are the major sewing tips. It’s fast to make, and best of all, it’s a fashionable top!

More Sewing Knit Ideas!

Reference Sew Knits With Confidence (book and DVD) for more knit sewing ideas.

SEW KNITS WITH CONFIDENCE book by Nancy Zieman of Sewing With Nancy

For other easy-to-sew knit styles, check out the Cape Cod Jacket, Monterey Knits Collection, and the Santa Fe Dress.


SEW KNITS Cape Cod Jacket Pattern by Nancy Zieman of Sewing With Nancy




SEW KNITS Monterey Knit Collection Pattern by Nancy Zieman of Sewing With Nancy




SEW KNITS Santa Fe Dress and Top Pattern by Nancy Zieman of Sewing With Nancy



Nancy Zieman Sew Knits With Confidence Blog Tour

For 11 days, different bloggers will showcase their Sew Knits with Confidence garments. With the impressive lineup of bloggers, I know the knit garments will be inspiring! Plus each blogger will be giving away a Sew Knits With Confidence Book and Knit Pattern Set.

April 16, 2013 Nancy Zieman the Blog

April 17, 2013 Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing

April 18, 2013 Totally Stitchin 

April 19, 2013 Sew Beautiful Magazine 

April 20, 2013 Marie Madeline Studio 

April 21, 2013 Stitchin Jenny’s

April 22, 2013 Amy Lou Who Sews 

April 23, 2013 Sew News

April 24, 2013 Designs in Machine Embroidery  

April 25, 2013 Riley Blake Designs 

April 26, 2013 The Sewing Loft Blog 

April 27, 2013 Nancy Zieman the Blog 

Sew Knits with Confidence Blog Tour Prizes!

Great prizes will be awarded to random readers at the close of the blog tour. To be eligible for the following prizes, post a comment by April 26 at the bottom of this April 16 blog tour posting. Winners will be posted on Saturday, April 27, 2013.

SEW KNITS WITH CONFIDENCE book by Nancy Zieman of Sewing With Nancy

Thank you to Krause Publications, Nancy’s Notions, and Baby Lock for sponsoring the Sew Knits With Confidence Blog Tour!


Krause Publications




Nancy's Notions




Baby Lock



Watch the Sew Knits With Confidence TV Show

You can watch the Sew Knits With Confidence TV show, part 1 and part 2 online. Watch at your convenience! Or view my shows on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone. Remember to downloaded the app.

Bye for now,

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