While Nancy Zieman liked trying new sewing and quilting techniques, there’s something she found irresistible about sewing the basics. Going back to her sewing roots, these next two episodes are all about sewing knits. You’ll get a chance to sew, then mix and match four classic wardrobe pieces in her two-part series, Sew a Knit Wardrobe from Start to Finish on Sewing With Nancy.

Whether you’re looking for comfortable nine-to-five wear or an easy evening staple, Nancy shows you how to easily stitch or serge a swing jacket, top, pants, and skirt. We’ll be using McCall’s pattern M7331Now it’s your chance to brush up on knit sewing basics, starting with the wardrobe focal point—the jacket.

Learn to sew a knit wardrobe from start to finish on the two-part series of Sewing With Nancy.


Note from Nancy: Refer to the pattern envelope for sizing and fabric yardage.
McCalls 7331 Pattern Envelope Back and Yardage

In the first part of the two-part series, we’ll also stabilize the knit fabric along the shoulder seam, back neckline, sleeve hems, and back hems. You won’t want to miss this week’s episode. Watch it online.

Lay Out, Cut, Mark and Stabilize

See how easy it is to match directional knit nap fabrics when Nancy shows the layout of the pattern tissue. Use a rotary cutter to cut out the pattern pieces once they are secure. Nancy shares tips for marking the nips/notches in the pattern and share details for marking the right side of the fabric. In some cases, the right and wrong sides of knits are virtually identical.

Stitch/Serger Jacket Front

Start sewing this versatile jacket by first sewing the jacket front. In Sew Knit Wardrobe from Start to Finish—part one, you’ll see how to use a serger for these construction steps or simply use a special wobble stitch on your sewing machine. Learn how to grade seam allowances with a rotary cutter with pinking blade.

Stitch/Serge Shoulder and Neckline

Next, we’ll address the shoulder and neckline area of the jacket. A few tried and true techniques will allow easy construction of this wardrobe piece.

Stitch/Serge Sleeves

Sleeves are often a hurdle for seamstresses but they needn’t be. Setting in knit sleeves can be achieved accurately and quickly as demonstrated in this week’s episode of Sewing With Nancy.

Watch Sew a Knit Wardrobe from Start to Finish (Part One and Part Two) on The Best of Sewing With Nancy online.

 The Best of Sewing With Nancy TV Show hosted by Nancy Zieman




For a chance to win a McCall Pattern 7331 by Nancy Zieman leave a comment sharing your answer to: What color do you find most in your own personal wardrobe?




Nancy Zieman's Giveaway WinnerThe randomly selected winner of Patchwork Inspired Patterns by Antique Quilts, from the May 7 and 14 blog posts is Christi.

Her comment is: I would say Snowball Crossing is a wonderful quilt. My real antique favorite block is a plain old 9 patch. Just can’t beat it.


Be sure to check out the 2019 Modern Mini Quilt Challenge!


Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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