Sewing Today’s Fashion Trends

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Sewing Today’s Fashion Trends

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Make a fashion statement when sewing knits! Concerned about the process? Not to worry. I’ll show you that the “Less is Best” principle applies to stitching comfy fashions. During this new episode of Sewing With Nancy, get the inside scoop on choosing knit fabrics and stitching a flattering tunic. You’ll soon see knit sewing is enjoyable and easy, and how notions can streamline the process when stitching collars, sleeves, and simple seams. Watch the all-new program, Sewing Today’s Fashion Trends—Tunics today on Sewing With Nancy.

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Today’s show features McCalls Pattern M7474 available at Nancy’s Notions.

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Working with knits is not difficult once you understand the direction and amount of stretch available. On today’s new episode of Sewing With Nancy, we’ll review knit stretch directions, right/wrong sides of fabric and options for overlaying knit designs with each other.

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Layout & Sewing Basics

Arranging the pattern pieces on knit fabrics is slightly different than woven fabrics. Interfacing, hemlines, and managing stretch are also areas to review before starting this tunic top pattern. Whether you are using a serger or special stitch on the sewing machine, this top is a snap to create.  Learn a few additional rules-of-thumb and guidelines in this Sewing Today’s Fashion Trends episode.

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Trendy Details

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Trendy details can easily be included when using the “Less is Best” philosophy of sewing. Yet, the results are anything but lack luster. Next, learn how to sew simple even when style is added on Sewing With Nancy.

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Watch Sewing Today’s Fashion Trends on Sewing With Nancy online.

For a chance to win a copy of my new McCall’s M7474 Knit Top, please leave a comment below. The McCall Pattern Company will give away one pattern to one US resident in the 48 contiguous states.

Nancy Zieman's Giveaway WinnerThe randomly selected winner of a copy of the new Strip by Strip Patchwork Quilts DVDfrom Nancy’s Notions is Beth.

Her comment was, “Sometimes I quilt at night after work. It is so soothing to relax and forget the day. After work and on weekends I can get a lot done.”

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82 Comments

  • Ginger
    October 5, 2017

    What nice fabric choices! I’d love to make some of these for fall but I’d probably shorten them since I’m shorter and can get overwhelmed when I wear tunics this long.

    • Susan
      October 6, 2017

      I thoroughly enjoyed watching this video; lots of great sewing information and the tunic is very classy!

  • Arlene Murphy
    October 5, 2017

    Great design can’t wait to see the episode

  • Lu Rae Smith
    October 5, 2017

    I would love to win this tunic pattern. It is such a pretty design and I would love to try to make one. Thank you for the opportunity to win. I enjoy your series very much. I just don’t get a chance to watch as often as I would like.

  • kay sentell
    October 5, 2017

    Love the tunic, thanks for the class.

  • Midge
    October 5, 2017

    Anxious to try working with some knits!

  • Celeste Johnson
    October 5, 2017

    Great program! The tunic pattern would be a wonderful gift.

  • Nancy
    October 5, 2017

    I love sewing with knits and am always on the look out for new ideas. This tunic is really cute.

  • Andrea Letourneau
    October 5, 2017

    I love the white top with the lace insets. I will have to try making that one for myself.

  • Carolyn Newsome
    October 5, 2017

    We in the Fashion Funway are challenged to do something outside our comfort zone. Knits would be my selection. I just might have to sew this pattern, especially if I can win it. Thanks for your years of showing us a better way; I’ve enjoyed most of them (b/c I’m not old enough to have seen them all).

  • Susan Spiers
    October 5, 2017

    Love the high-low tunics! Fabric choice is everything! Thank you, Susan

  • Sherry Walker
    October 5, 2017

    I like the design of this top with it’s cowl neck and high low hem.

  • Joyce
    October 5, 2017

    Sewing with knits has always been a favorite and new patterns are always welcomed.

  • Eileen Girens, Burlington, WI
    October 5, 2017

    I would absolutely love to win this pattern. This style is so much in these days. Knits are so easy care.

  • Ennis A
    October 5, 2017

    Love the Look!!!! So many fabric options. Thanks for more inspiration!!!

  • Kristy Walker
    October 5, 2017

    Simple love this tunic. Thank you for keeping us updated with the latest fashions. I like that when we make our own clothes, we are as original as our personalities.

  • Traci Y
    October 5, 2017

    What a lovely pattern. Would make a great addition to my wardrobe.

  • Kerry
    October 5, 2017

    This looks super easy and right on-point for style. I’d like to whip up several.

  • beth d.
    October 5, 2017

    I would love to make this knit top. It is so in style and I need more knit tops.

  • Karen Tucker
    October 5, 2017

    I love the pattern – it’s flattering to all figure types!

  • Shirley Clark
    October 5, 2017

    I love this, and I might enjoy sewing for myself if it turned out this pretty.

  • Peggy Mcqueen
    October 5, 2017

    I love the high-low hemlines of these tunics, because they create a distraction from the hip area.

  • Donna Fecteau
    October 5, 2017

    I love this pattern. I like that they distract from the hips!

  • Deej
    October 5, 2017

    What a pretty and versatile tunic. I look forward to making at least a couple. I will be ready for fall and all it brings.

  • Judy H.
    October 5, 2017

    Nancy, Thank you for the Inspiration! This tunic looks great with jeans or dressed up!

  • Jan
    October 5, 2017

    This is a perfect item to add to my fall wardrobe needs and I think I’ll do one of these tunics for my daughter who just started a new job. Thanks for the tips, they build confidence in me that the finished job will look good.

  • Marilyn
    October 5, 2017

    I want to make this top!

  • Linda E in AZ
    October 5, 2017

    Sewing quilts is like therapy for me, so I don’t need a shrink!
    Love sewing with knits, always have
    Thanks!

  • Bonnye
    October 5, 2017

    I like sewing with knits. This top would add to my fall wardrobe. Great design

  • Linda Kernodle
    October 5, 2017

    I remember sewing with knits in the 60s and 70s. Such quick and easy sewing.

  • Arlene Aughey
    October 5, 2017

    These style tunics look wonderful on everyone!

  • Shelly
    October 5, 2017

    B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L! I LOVE the cowl neck and long back. Perfect for leggings and looks like it can pass for comfy casual as well as a bit dressy, depending upon the fabrics used.

    It looks like a great serger project!

    Thank you Nancy Zieman for all your years on TV!

  • Dorothy Herberg
    October 5, 2017

    I love this pattern! The tunic is here to stay for a long time, I believe. I could make one in so many different fabrics, no two would ever look alike!

  • Debra
    October 5, 2017

    Ohh my goodness!! I just tried on a tunic like this one last week and loved it….But the fabric was not my style.
    I would love to have this pattern so I could make several, as I tend to do when I find a pattern I like. So happy to see this pattern exists.

  • Teresa C
    October 5, 2017

    Beautiful! I would love to make this!

  • Marva Hensley
    October 5, 2017

    I love tunics and this pattern os beautiful! So happy that knits stay in style!

  • pamela smith
    October 5, 2017

    Love the pattern and will purchase if I don’t win!!! Thank you for years of learning and sewing.

  • Karen B
    October 5, 2017

    I love tunics and wear them most of the time. This pattern looks great/ Have tried to see the episode online, but can’t get it to play.
    If Nancy designed it, I know it will be great.

  • Fay
    October 5, 2017

    Love this pattern. This collar is always flattering and the lay out of the body hides any body shape problems I have. Would love to win. Thanks

  • Carolyn Ashley
    October 5, 2017

    You’ve motivated me with this flattering and versitle knit to sew something for myself. Your simplified sewing techniques have increased the quality and outcome of my countless projects increasing my skills and confidence. Thank you for sharing your passion for sewing and dedication in making it so readily available

  • Jessie Fyfe
    October 5, 2017

    I love the feel of knits and the comfort of the articles I buy, but to sew them, scares me to no end! This looks to be a good place to start learning how to deal with knits! I, too, would have to shorten this pattern because I’m only 4′ 19″ tall! I have to shorten everything!

  • Marvel D.
    October 5, 2017

    Love the tunic pattern! Almost all my sewing involves knit fabric. The comfort and low maintenance makes knit pants, tops, and jackets the staple of my closet.

  • Gaila
    October 5, 2017

    Love this meant top! It looks so comfortable and stylish. Thanks for your tutorial on sewing this pattern.

  • Sue Camino
    October 5, 2017

    Love the V – shaped insert on the back. Perfect for Fall and Winter.

  • Randi Grover
    October 5, 2017

    What a fun style and it looks easy

  • Marti
    October 5, 2017

    I love this tunic top, there is so many ways to make it. It looks so easy to do! I can’t wait to try it. Mccalls’s are wonderful patterns and Nancy Z is the best.

  • Edna Marks
    October 5, 2017

    Such a cute top, and so many variations to make. Would love to have pattern

  • Mary
    October 5, 2017

    Great pattern. Being a pear shape girl, I love tunics.

  • Nancy Swor
    October 5, 2017

    This looks like a very flattering pattern for all shapes and sizes of women. Love it!

  • Nancy Johnson
    October 5, 2017

    I like the looks of this pattern…should be flattering to my shape.
    I would very much like to win this drawing.

  • Sandra Cantrell
    October 5, 2017

    I have two working daughters and I am a senior that likes this look. This pattern could work for all three of us.

  • Bridget
    October 5, 2017

    Beautiful fabrics and pattern, very flattering!

  • Linda
    October 5, 2017

    As always, beautiful fabrics and awesome pattern. I’ve learned so much from you. Thank You!

  • Karen
    October 5, 2017

    I really like the tunic pattern. It would be great to win. Thanks

  • Clovis
    October 5, 2017

    The top looks great. As always, thanks for the chance to win.

  • Bonnie
    October 5, 2017

    Love this tunic pattern! It is so flattering and would be the perfect addition to my fall wardrobe. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • Heidi
    October 5, 2017

    This is a lovely pattern, dressed up or dressed down. Cowls are flattering on me. The cowl is very generous. I am looking forward to sewing this pattern!

  • Heidi
    October 5, 2017

    This a very flattering pattern for all body types. Cowls are flattering on me, and this generously designed cowl will be perfect for me. The sewing process is not intuitive, but will be lots of fun to try. I am looking forward to making a cowled tunic with this pattern!

  • Cindy S.
    October 5, 2017

    Love this pattern! It has some unique styling lines. I don’t often see interesting knit top patterns. I appreciate the sewing tips that I get watching “Sewing with Nancy.”

  • Suzanne
    October 5, 2017

    Beautiful pattern! I’d love to try it! It is always a pleasure to read your articles

  • L Watson
    October 5, 2017

    Perfect style for the upcoming holidays. You can be dressy and feel comfy for all the events of the season. Looking fabulous and feeling great, a win-win!

  • Nancy peebles
    October 5, 2017

    Nice tunic would make a nice xmas gift!

  • Kar
    October 6, 2017

    What a great tunic for Fall and Winter. Just love cowl necklines. The design lines make this simple top look so special. Love sewing with knits and would love to win this pattern. Thanks Nancy!

  • Jill Wielenberg
    October 6, 2017

    Great pattern. I love using your patterns as they are easy to follow and fun to wear. I really enjoy watching your show and have learned a lot.

  • E. Watson
    October 6, 2017

    Combining comfort with style, I can’t wait to try this!

  • Marion Blakely
    October 6, 2017

    This pattern looks very comfortable and flattering. My wardrobe is in desperate need of some new, in-style items, and I already have the perfect piece of knit fabric to make this pattern.

  • brenda
    October 6, 2017

    what a lovely pattern. it looks very much like it would be great for most figure types. i particularly liked the peak of lacey type fabric on one of the examples.

  • Esha
    October 6, 2017

    Wonderful tips in the video. Will be purchasing this pattern. Thank you!

  • Roberta
    October 6, 2017

    This is a great looking tunic. Love the brown one with the lace. Haven’t worked with knit much . Need to refurbish my wardrobe and this would be a good reason to attempt working with it.

  • tammy w.
    October 6, 2017

    The Tunics are very stylish and Nancy makes them look very easy to sew.

  • Lois Taber
    October 6, 2017

    Very chic looking tops! The length is perfect over the popular leggings so many women are wearing! Thank you to Nancy for explaining step by step sewing knit material with her hints and shortcuts. I’m ready to try making a few. 🙂

  • Pam
    October 6, 2017

    Cute pattern. I love the inserted lace. Thanks for the chance to win the pattern.

  • Roger Morgan
    October 7, 2017

    We are trying to find a pattern # on Tunic Top on TV Oct. 7, 2017

  • Anne Z
    October 7, 2017

    The tunics looks so comfortable and stylish. Thanks for all your inspiration over the years.

  • Sandy Davis
    October 7, 2017

    My preferred fabric to sew is knit especially for garments. I have been sewing them since the 1970’s when I found Stretch ‘N Sew. Believe it or not, I’m still wearing one of the dresses I made in the early 80’s out of cotton knit (my absolute favorite). I stay away from anything with polyester in it, if at all possible, because it doesn’t breathe and I get too hot in it. This tunic idea is very intriguing, and I like that tunics are really in style right now. They look so comfortable and would be great in knit!

  • Pam D
    October 7, 2017

    Love the pattern and video!

  • Linda
    October 7, 2017

    What a beautiful tunic! I love sewing with knits because they are so comfortable and easy to work with. The style is very flattering and can be dressed up or down.

  • Patti
    October 11, 2017

    I love sewing and wearing knits. Always interested in trying a new pattern.

  • Michele
    October 15, 2017

    I would love to have t his tunic pattern. Very cute. I have never tried this style before. I am sure it wouod be very flattering.

  • Deborah Giordan
    October 17, 2017

    Love the look of this tunic. I would love to make this for myself. I’ve spent so many years making things for friends and family and never seem to get around to making something for myself. Thank you for the opportunity to not only win but to make something stylish for myself!

  • Emily Kelly
    November 9, 2017

    While watching this episode showing Nancy’s tips for sewing this particular tunic, the question came up as to why can’t this V-insert on the tunic be applied to any V-neckline, thus, eliminating the need for cutting extra facings by merely adjusting a seam? The way that V-insert was done with the extra addition of that point and folding it up was awesome.
    I haven’t been able to figure it out, but I’m not a designer. Just an idea for a quicker, simpler way to face V-necklines would be quite a discovery.

  • Amy Saunders
    May 29, 2022

    Yay! It brings me so much excitement upon learning that minimalistic designs are some of the easiest clothes to make from scratch actually. My daughter and I have spent a few days trying to come up with a nice matching outfit for our family day next week to no avail. Well, maybe it’s time to use this tip as guidance to come up with a better result soon. https://awnstailoring.com/services/

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