Sew Knits with Confidence Nancy Zieman



Even though I really love to sew, this time of year I’d prefer to be outside during my free time rather than sewing. I’m sure I’m not the only one! To fulfill my sewing fix, I turn to knits for style, comfort, and a fast and easy process. Case in point, the Newport Pullover knit top sewing pattern. I’m found of things asymmetrical—imagine that! Plus the single-layer boat neck collar and trim accents are quick to sew.


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Last year I posted the photo of me wearing the Newport Pullover on Facebook. A viewer commented that she thought it looked like something Judy Jetson might wear! Yah, that Judy from the 1960′s Saturday morning cartoons; others of you might be scratching your heads. Regardless, I took that as a compliment, I hope! Now, I just have to work on the pose!






Newport Pullover Tops

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


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  • The trim is cut from another knit fabric, 1-1/2″ wide crosswise cuts.
  • 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.


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


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  • 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.


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  • 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!


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  • 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.


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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

Watch the Sew Knits With Confidence TV Show

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