Sew and Fit the Perfect T-Shirt or Knit Top
One of the greatest benefits of my job has been one-on-one lessons from sewing, embroidery, and quilting experts. When preparing for a TV series, my guests and I plan the series months in advance. After a quick study of the technique, book, or pattern, we have several phone conferences, I prepare scripts, the guest and my staff make step-by-step samples, and the day before recording the Sewing With Nancy episodes, we fine-tune the show.
When working with Pamela Leggett, whose patterns focus on knit and fit, I thought I’d learn a couple tips, but I was wrong, I learned many tips!
Sew the Perfect Knit Top or T-Shirt
This tip works ideally with Pamela’s, The Perfect T-Shirt Pattern.
1. Test the fabric for retention, not just stretch. Most T-shirt patterns require at least 25% crosswise stretch. That’s easy. But does the fabric retract without coaxing? Quality is important!
2. Choose the pattern for T-shirts by measuring high bustline. Choose the size by that measurement. Then, measure full bustline. If the difference is 3″ or greater, choose a T-shirt pattern with a dart.
3. Fit while you sew. Yes, we know that, but Pamela guides us through the exact process.
4. Stabilize the front shoulder seam with a woven, fusible stay tape. You’re going to like this idea!
5. Stabilize neckline of front and back with knit, fusible stay tape.
6. Use a stretch needle as opposed to a ball point needle. The stretch needle has a more defined point.
7. Do not use a stretch stitch, you know, the ones with lots of stitches. Less is best. Serge the seams or use a wobble stitch, .5 width x 2.5 length.
9. Stitch the dart, try on the knit shirt, then, check the fit. If the dart position is too high or low, you’ll learn how to change the pattern and the knit fabric at once. Knits are forgiving, and changes are easy to make.
10. After making one style, don’t stop there—this pattern has three neckline options: jewel, V-neck, and scooped. The second shirt will go together effortlessly.
Watch Sew the Perfect T-Shirt (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.
About the Pattern
The busy woman needs a modern wardrobe that can keep up: Using jet-set knits is a comfortable and easy solution. Make a variety of styles and diversify your closet with one pattern. Learn techniques you can use over and over again to create beautiful, custom fit clothing that you’ll love wearing.
For a chance to win a copy of The The Perfect T-Shirt Pattern from Pamela Leggett, please leave a comment below.
The randomly selected winner of a copy of Sew Amazing Scarves from Nancy’s Notions is Cindy K.
Her comment was, “I like navy blue, purples, and black. I would love to make my own scarf; I have always bought them.”
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