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.
- Flattering asymmetrical hemline
- Lightweight and drapable single-layer boat-neck collar
- Super-easy neckline trim
- Graceful cowl collar
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.
- With an asymmetrical hemline, the front and front insert are single pattern pieces.
- You’ll find layout guidelines on the pattern guide sheet.
- 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.
- Hemming is one of the first steps!
- You’ll be guided to press up the hem, pin the trim along the hemline, then topstitch.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
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.
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.
- Two $25 Nancy’s Notions Gift Certificates from Nancy’s Notions
- Sew Knits With Confidence Book by Nancy Zieman from Krause Publications
- Set of Four Knit Sewing Patterns by Nancy Zieman from Krause Publications
- Three Madeira Thread Packs from Baby Lock and Celebrate National Serger Month
Watch the Sew Knits With Confidence TV Show
Bye for now,