*****GIVEAWAY CLOSED - WINNER HAS BEEN NOTIFIED*****
Wow! Was that the longest title for a blog post ever?! Well, now you know what we're talking about today!
I was so happy to be asked to participate in the blog tour for Nancy Zieman's new book, Sew Knit With Confidence + her 4 new knit patterns. She sent me a copy of her book and each of the four patterns to review and choose one of the garments to make. She also sent me a book and pattern set to give away (see end of post)!
I'm not going to lie. I was reeeeeally nervous about making something out of knit. I have a serger which is great for sewing knits, but I mostly use it for finishing of the seams on nice non-stretchy cotton.
After reading through the book and all of her great tips in there I decided I could try it, and if it didn't work out then, oh well, at least I gave it a go. I decided to make the 6 panel skirt from the Monterey Collection. It ended up being super fast! The actual sewing time was easily less than an hour.
Looking back on the whole project I think the two hardest things were unrelated to the pattern!
1. It is really hard to find nice knits in good colors at local fabric shops. I need help sourcing good knits!
2. The knit I chose - while pretty (milk chocolate brown with gold flecks on it) and drapey - it was VERY hard to lay flat on the floor to cut out my pieces!!
I ended up using my fun new tool - the tracing wheel and chalk paper - to just trace the size I wanted onto the fabric. I made a size medium skirt with a s XS length as I am not super tall and wanted it to hit just past the knee.
The skirt panels went together very easily! I was pleased with the cut of the pieces that give the skirt a nice flare and flounce just above the knee.
I then decided to try out the hem after being encouraged by several friends at the retreat I went to last weekend. I got out my manual, got a bagel for some sustenance, and opened up the machine and started changing the settings.
I love the way it turned out on the skirt!
The last step in the pattern was to put in the elastic in a way I had never tried. You sew the elastic to the wrong side, stretching as you go. Then you fold it over and anchor in the seams so it doesn't fold back up! I tried to take a photo here.
The bottom line is, I learned so many things from this one simple pattern! I was just thinking today how the title really is appropriate, I do have more confidence sewing knits. And not just knits, but with the new techniques I learned for using my serger! Win-win! Plus I have an easy comfy new skirt to wear.
Pardon the selfie on my phone! I didn't have a chance to get some better photos taken. But this gives you a good idea. The fit is perfect and the knit is so comfortable. I see myself making more of these in the near future!!
Check out the rest of the posts in the tour with many more chances to win!
April 16, 2013 Nancy Zieman the Blog
April 17, 2013 Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing
April 18, 2013 Totally Stitchin
April 19, 2013 Sew Beautiful Magazine
April 20, 2013 Marie Madeline Studio
April 21, 2013 Stitchin Jenny’s
April 22, 2013 Amy Lou Who Sews
April 23, 2013 Sew News
April 24, 2013 Designs in Machine Embroidery
April 25, 2013 Riley Blake Designs
April 26, 2013 The Sewing Loft Blog
April 27, 2013 Nancy Zieman the Blog
Now it's your turn to win, just leave me a comment and tell me what the scariest sewing project is that you've ever tackled. I will choose a winner of a Sew Knits With Confidence Book and Knit Pattern Set! I'll announce winners at the end of the week!
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