With just a little pattern designer know-how, you can update a basic knit tee pattern and create a top that makes a statement! Theses tips are from the 2-part Sewing With Nancy series, Knock Out Knit Tops. The first program is this week’s online Sewing With Nancy feature.

Crossover Ruffle Top

The first designer tip is to create ruffles and then add the simple accent to a neckline. The Crossover Ruffle Top showcases an asymmetrical design, a favorite of mine. The edge of the ruffles can be finished with stitching, or left as is—the fabric will not ravel. You have choices!

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V-Neck Ruffles

Pair the V-neck ruffled top with jeans or your favorite pants; this top can easily be your go-to-knit pullover. Add slimming ruffles to a ready-made tee or one you’re creating from knit fabric.

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Ruffled Yoke

Our next Knock Out Knit Top features terraced ruffles. Topstitched onto a rounded neckline, the ruffles and mock placket provide an attractive focal point that has plenty of texture.

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Nancy’s Corner

Don’t forget to watch the end of the show where you’ll see quilts that jumped off beds and onto the streets in Missoula, Montana. Thanks to collaboration between the Missoula Electric Quilters and the public art committee. City traffic signal boxes, once eyesores, are now covered in digitally designed quilt art. Kathi Olson and Chris Milodragovich joined us via SKYPE to tell us about this unique project.

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Sewing With Nancy Zieman TV series, Knock Out Knits Tops

12 Designer tips in Knock Out Knit Tops Book and DVD.

Learn 12 ways to use ruffles, flounces, and pleats to refashion your T-shirt pattern.

Sewing With Nancy Zieman tv series, Knock Out Knit Tops

Thanks to Donna Fenske for joining me during this series of Sewing With Nancy.

Sewing With Nancy Zieman tv series, Knock Out Knit Tops

Bye for now,

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