Welcome to My New Craftsy Class, Sewing Knits Without A Serger

Happy December, peeps! I am slowly but surely recovering. Thank you all for your kind words, well wishes and prayers. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate them, and you!

You may have heard, I have a brand new class on Craftsy! I am so excited about this! You all know that I love to sew knits. For me, knits are the true fabrics of our lives. From the soft knit onesies we put on babies, to easy-to-make, easier-to-wear tee shirts, to sleek and sophisticated wrap dresses. These and so many more garments are made so comfortable and wearable thanks to knit fabrics.

And now I get to share my love and knowledge with you! This class is geared towards sewing enthusiasts who have had some experience with sewing wovens, but may be hesitant to work with knits. It’s also great for those of us who want to brush up on some techniques. And you don’t need any specialized machinery – we work with a regular sewing machine.

And right now, you can get Sewing Knits Without a Serger for 25% off, so it’s a perfect gift for yourself or the sewing fan on your list!

Click Here for my class, Sewing Knits Without a Serger!

Pattern Review: Butterick 6494 Dress


Pattern Description: Close-fitting top and dress have raglan sleeves and front and back princess seams. Semi-fitted vest has side slits. Fitted pull-on pants have elastic at waist.

I made View C, the dress

Sizing: 6-22. I made a 12, with an FBA that ended up grading out to a 14 at the hem

Available as a PDF? It doesn’t look like it is currently.

Fabric Used: An amazingly soft sweatshirt knit from Gorgeous Fabrics. It’s like French Terry married Cashmere and had a baby. Alas, it is sold out, but you can find Similar Fabrics Here.

Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff sewing machine, Juki serger, Reliable iron and board, tailors ham, shoulder stand, sleeve board,

Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needles, thread, Pro-Tricot interfacing.

Tips Used during Construction: Press as You Go, Sewing with Knits

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes

Fitting Adjustments that I made I made a princess line FBA

How were the instructions? They were fine. If you have pretty much any sewing experience you can make this dress (and by extension the top) readily.

Construction Notes: I made the FBA mentioned above, and I gave myself a bit more room by cutting it out to a size 14 at the side seams. I used my serger for many of the seams.

I must say, I really don’t like the pockets very much. In my (very soft) fabric, they fold and flop around. And the pattern instructions show them as overlapping at the center front, so I would probably eliminate them in a future version. If you have any kind of a pooch, they could be very unflattering.

I worry that these will emphasize a pooch.

Likes/Dislikes: Love the design and lines, not so crazy about the pockets.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes! I plan to use this again for an online class I’m going to teach.

Oh, should I not have mentioned that? 🙂

Conclusion: Great pattern, great results! Here are pictures on Shelley. I’ll photograph it on me either before I send it off to the class or after I get it back 🙂 More about that later!

 

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Happy sewing!