Learn to Sew a Knit Wardrobe from Start to Finish

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Learn to Sew a Knit Wardrobe from Start to Finish

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M7331 NancyZieman KnitCollection 1 1While 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


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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?


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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.


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


Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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  • Carolyn Solomon
    May 21, 2019

    The most prominent color in my wardrobe is an array of blues, with many shades of purple a close second.

  • Yvonne Thompson
    May 21, 2019

    My favorite color is purple, however, my wardrobe is saturated in blues.

  • Yvonne Thompson
    May 21, 2019

    My wardrobe is saturated in blues.

  • Lorraine Carpenter
    May 21, 2019

    My wardrobe consists of many shades of blue. Brings out the blue in my eyes.

  • Mandy R Laseter
    May 21, 2019

    My wardrobe consists of mostly black and blue.

  • Joyce West
    May 21, 2019

    Purple is my favorite color but I, too, have many blues in my

  • Carolyn T
    May 21, 2019

    My newest purchases feature teal, on the green side. The color brings out the green in my hazel eyes.

  • Barbara Polisknowski
    May 21, 2019

    My wardrobe has a lot of aqua and teal with some coral

  • Barbara Beavers
    May 21, 2019

    My colors are shades of blue in the winter and shades of pink in the summer although I have a large variety of other colors also.

  • Sue L
    May 21, 2019

    I have lots of blues and greens.

  • Nancy Lewis
    May 21, 2019

    I have mainly blues in my wardrobe, which is a color I have loved my whole life. However, I am ready to branch out, so would love to add some corals and greens.

  • Jean Bauer
    May 21, 2019

    I seem to be leaning towards teal lately, but black keep popping up a lot also.

  • Anne Little
    May 21, 2019

    Turquoise is my “happy” color. I mix it with black, gray or brown.

  • Ennis A Weeks
    May 21, 2019

    My stash is made up of mostly primary colors. Red, blue, purple and some yellow. A little time, lots to sew!!!

  • Ann West
    May 21, 2019

    Blues are the prominent colors in my wardrobe followed closely by blacks.

  • Sandra N
    May 21, 2019

    My wardrobe consists mostly of teal and black.

  • Amelia
    May 21, 2019

    Black, white, red, pink and gray is the majority of my wardrobe.

  • Sharon T
    May 21, 2019

    I love peach color. Also pinks.

  • diane c
    May 21, 2019

    I was going through my closet not to long ago and discovered all my pants are black — from dress pants to jeans — all black. As for tops–purple is #1 followed closely by blue and gray. Need to put some color into my closet.

    May 21, 2019

    I tend to favor khaki-camel as the basis for my wardrobe, with brights as the accent in tops, scarves, etc.

  • Emma Smith
    May 21, 2019

    My favorite colors are usually black, yellow and red. Purple is also another favorite.

  • Dixie
    May 21, 2019

    I have a lot of blue in my wardrobe.

  • Margaret C.
    May 21, 2019

    This year the most prominent color in my wardrobe is blue. I try to stay away from black.

  • Clovis
    May 21, 2019

    I would say I have more blue in my wardrobe.

  • Kathryn
    May 21, 2019

    without a doubt, its blue. It brings out the color of my eyes.

  • Juanita Iwamoto
    May 21, 2019

    My closet is filled with different shades of turquoise-from aqua to teal.

  • Jayne Miller
    May 21, 2019

    My wardrobe is basically olive green and orange with variation of both colors mixed in.

  • Donna Fecteau
    May 21, 2019

    Shades of blue.

  • Sandra
    May 21, 2019

    My closet has lots of black, red, purple, and teal

    May 21, 2019

    Where can I get the video and “book” so I can repeatedly watch parts as I am making the wardrobe. I use to buy them at nancy’s notions but they do not have – at least – NOT now and do not plan to have it again!

  • bethd.
    May 21, 2019

    I have mostly blue, but dark colored pants for work and prints for blouses. I would like some knit tops.

  • Bonnye
    May 21, 2019

    My closet has mostly blue followed by pink.

  • Hannah W
    May 21, 2019

    Wow, many of us like blue in our wardrobes. Me too:)

  • Dena M
    May 21, 2019

    I have various shades of blue, green, and black in my wardrobe.

  • Sheila Hansen
    May 21, 2019

    I have a lot of blues and reds in my wardrobe

    May 21, 2019

    I would LOVE to learn to sew knits and would enjoy this pattern. All the colors in my closet are pretty equal in number. I know that because everything in my closet hangs by color and it looks pretty uniform. My favorite color is red and there is not much red in my closet, surprisingly.

  • CarolR
    May 21, 2019

    Purple knit jacket, skirt, pants and coordinate for top is my choice. I love this pattern.

  • Marylou Wahl
    May 21, 2019

    My closet has red(my favorite color), black and grey mostly.

  • Kay
    May 21, 2019

    Black is the “staple” color in my wardrobe. Can’t wait to watch the video and try the pattern.

  • Sue
    May 21, 2019

    Purple…..purple…purple/can never have too much purple.

  • Tamra
    May 22, 2019

    If anyone opened my closet door they would see pinks, black and levi jeans. This pattern looks so comfortable!

  • Noreen
    May 22, 2019

    Hot pink and medium to dark blues. I love knits – they are so comfortable. But finding knit fabric isn’t always easy.

  • Bonnie
    May 22, 2019

    Purple and black are the main colors in my closet.

  • Caren Sherman
    May 23, 2019

    Black is the most prominent color in my wardrobe. Skirts, jackets and slacks in black are the foundation that any color of top can build upon. The picture on this pattern is beautifully illustrative of a wardrobe foundation.

  • Susan
    May 23, 2019

    The most common color in my wardrobe is black and I add splashes of color. Black is a great building block. This pattern offers a lot of options.

  • Lee Ann Wagner
    May 24, 2019

    I seem to have a lot of black in my wardrobe. It does make you look thinner which is a good thing and you can also add color with accessories.

  • Anne Z
    May 25, 2019

    I have a lot of turquoise, pink and black in my wardrobe.

  • Sandy C.
    May 25, 2019

    The color that I have the most of in my closet is blue and white.

  • Suzy Camino
    May 28, 2019

    I find that I have been attracted to Green and Khaki colored clothing and accessories. People tell me the color looks good with my red hair……….

  • Vicki Carroll
    June 7, 2019

    My wardrobe is mostly black and red. This is a wonderful knit coordinates pattern. I look forward to viewing the two episodes for tips!

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