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Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Nice Little Knit Tee Top

Last week I had an appointment and didn't have a little top to wear that was really suitable - lots of shirts and t-shirts in t-shirt casual sort of fabric, but nothing t-shirty, stretch top sort of garment in a slightly nicer knit in a nice colour.  So this week I decided to make one.

I raided my stash and found another piece of the purple unidentified nice soft knit I found on sale at Spotlight last year - one of their job lots.  I'm pretty sure this is mostly viscose - it has a nice feel and handle and is soft and lovely to wear.

I'm still new to sewing knits and am not really sure if I like sewing knits yet.  I suspect not, I really like to sew structured garments.  Knit garments are useful though, so I am going to persevere with learning how to handle this type of sewing.  I think basically you have to forget everything you know about sewing with wovens and adopt a totally different mindset for knit fabrics.  You sort of have to flow with them, I think.

Anyway, I used my modified New Look 6216 top - if you are interested in the pattern and the modifications over time, you can find them here.

This version is just a short sleeve shell.  I cut a self fabric band, serged all seams and used a zig- zag stitch for the hems of the sleeves and bodice.

The views of the front:


The side - I always find New Look very roomy around the hips and tummy - so this top is a little big around that part, but this doesn't bother me - it is supposed to be a relaxed fit top, and you do see plenty around at the moment with this loose shaping.

And the back:


Although it took time to make the alterations for this pattern, I am glad I did, because this is a useful basis for making more tops - I might take some of the fullness out in due course.  Depending on the fabric I choose to use.

Next week I plan to use the remains of this length of fabric and make a second top - there does seem to be a need in my wardrobe.  It doesn't bother me if they are the same colour - I like it and it suits me, so why not have lots of tops in it?

I want to try Kwik Sew 3036, another dolman sleeve top.

Kwik Sew  3036

Until then, happy sewing everyone,

Sarah Liz :)

34 comments:

  1. I go through phases with knits actually. I have been sewing up a lot just this last week (just haven't blogged them all yet), but I can feel my enthusiasm ebbing away. I think one of the issues is that I find it hard to buy knits for a specific project. I really need to buy them, wash them and then see what the weight and drape is like and what I should do with them. The result of that is though that I have a bunch that I though would make a good skirt (and are skirt colours) actually turn out to be more like good tops, but we shall see ...

    I think that with your shape you pull off the relaxed fit very well and with our climate that is a wonderful thing. I do really like the colour as well :-)

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    1. Thank you :)

      It's interesting, people seem to be either knit or not knits sewers :)

      I guess with all fabric, knit or woven, you need to check the drape and feel to decide what to do.

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  2. That's a very lovely little skirt! I love the fabric and color.
    I am with you Sarah Liz, I still didn't know if I like sewing knit fabric - I think they are tricky to work with :)

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    1. I mean "top" not "skirt". Sorry for wrong typing :)

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    2. I know what you meant, Hana :).

      And I am glad I am not the only one that finds knits tricky :)

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  3. Cute top Sarah Liz. I love sewing knits-they are such an integral part of my wardrobe. I have had wonderful success with Kwik Sew knit patterns-the envelope art is always dowdy, and the garment is always a great fit and cute. :-)

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    1. Thank you Mary.

      You are in the knit sewing camp then - I agree, Kwik Sew patterns do make up nicely - I used to refuse to buy KS because the pictures looked so frumpy !

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  4. There is nothing like a great fitting tee Sarah - and yours certainly is.

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  5. A great fitting top pattern is worth it's weight in gold. So fast to sew and comfy to wear. Like the color, too!

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    1. Thank you Linda - yes, they are quick, that is one big advantage of knits :)

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  6. Love your little top, the colour and fit look perfect.

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  7. Looks like it fits you well & the color is great on you!

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  8. You are such a slim goody, Lady Sarah Liz. :-) As for knits I prefer using a serger with them. Living off the grid now I haven't bothered with knits.

    Cheers,

    Lyric

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    1. I didn't realise you live off the grid - so no wonder you sew with a good old treadle machine :)

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  9. Such a well fitting tee. The color is really pretty too..
    Happy Sewing

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  10. I sew mostly knits and found Kwik Sew and New Look to be my favourites. Your top is lovely and the colour is definitely you.

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    1. Thank you Kathy - yes, your knit tops look lovely - I have plenty of NL to explore one day as well :)

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  11. I sewed with knits a lot when my kids were small, then went off it for years. Like you, I have been trying again, but with far less success! Your purple top looks very nice, and you obviously know what you are doing (which is more than moi, I might add). The Kwiksew pattern looks like one I would like too. Look forward to seeing it made up.

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    1. Thank you :)

      I think the knits from those days were quite basic and stable and easy to sew. Nothing had added elastane in those days. I think the diversity of knits now adds the extra challenge.

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  12. " I think basically you have to forget everything you know about sewing with wovens and adopt a totally different mindset for knit fabrics. You sort of have to flow with them, I think."

    Definitely! Sewing with knits can be rewarding (regarding fit) and tragic (regarding construction). Some knits behave differently than others and it takes practice and experience to know how to handle them. After 10 years of sewing, I'm still learning! I agree with Kathy that New Look, as well as Kwik Sew, are good patterns with which to start.

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    1. I think sewing is a lifelong learning process- so much to learn in so many areas, which is also what is so good about it.

      I'm also learning the limitations of my machines and how to work around them to get the results I want - with a few wadders along the way :)

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  13. Nice little tshirt Sarah. Thank you for the comment you left me. I do enjoy teaching and have some wonderful ladies who are very receptive to what I am able to share with them. Guess what our next project is! Sewing with knits! I'll be posting my tips on working with knits at Diana's Sewing Lessons this evening if you're interested. I'm glad to have discovered your blog Sarah. We have our love of sewing in common.

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    1. Thank you Diana. It must be satisfying teaching people, especially when they want to learn. I so look forward to your post about sewing with knits. I'll go over to your other blog...

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  14. I agree that sewing knits is a completely different thing from sewing woven. I hope you will come to love sewing with knits (I love love knits). I find them quite forgiving even if the fit is not perfect. And they are so comfortable and easy to wear too!

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    1. Yes, I am sure once I get the feel of knits I will enjoy sewing them more. It's like any skill - to get basic mastery there is a process of learning and frustration first that is not always enjoyable :)

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  15. the color suites you, I've not worked too much with knits so I'm not sure yet if I like them lol!

    Helen

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    1. Thank you Nanna - you must try one day - the good thing is that there are only a few simple pieces to sew up :)

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  16. Knits are a different textile! But once you practice and experiment with techniques that work for you, you will enjoy it.

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  17. I'm interested in the comments about frumpy-looking envelopes, yet which comes out and fit great. I'll need to try to see beyond the envelope. I was sorting through my patterns the other day and was fascinated to see that I tended to buy one type of garment from one pattern company, and another from another and so on. Not completely, but it was very striking I've never sewn with a Kwik Sew pattern but do need tops so might try this one as it looks very nice. I'm not experienced in choosing the right knit for the right pattern or even the right pattern for me - but getting there.

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