Pattern Drafting… with KNITS!!!

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you guys! all of you who’ve been asking for more pattern drafting and sewing workshops from me are in for a treat! i’m super excited that my newest online class, Pattern Drafting with Knits, debuts today. it builds on my original Pattern Drafting workshop from last year, which mainly focused on wovens, and shows you how to use that master pattern to make all sorts of new additions to your handmade wardrobe, like the empire waist dress you see above.

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a big factor in converting the pattern to knits is adjusting the ease. in Part 1, i’ll show you how to take ease out, so you have “negative ease”, which makes for the kind of close fit you can only get with knits, and we’ll talk about different kinds of knit fabrics and their properties.

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i’ll also show you some of my favorite techniques for sewing knits, no serger required! we’ll cover neckline finishes, hems and seams with built-in stretch.

most of us wear knits all the time, so we shouldn’t be afraid to sew with them. once you see how much fun they are, the style options from your basic pattern are infinite!

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4 Comments

  1. Wow, that sounds so interesting !! I hope I can spare some time soon to watch it, I’m sure I’ll learn tons 😀
    COngrats to you for those classes on CreativeBug !

  2. thanks sylvie! i’m really proud of my classes. hope you can watch! i’d love to hear what you think!

  3. Hi

    I have your book and have seen some of your classes – it’s great stuff. Thank you for not making it intimidating. What I would really like as well though, is pattern drafting for woven fabric. I just enjoy the fabrics more and there is a lot more choice. I actually do wear knits but I wear lots of wovens too. I enjoy pattern and texture that you get from woven fabric. Also moths eat my knits sadly. I like your styles a lot and feel many of them would be nice in woven fabric.

  4. hi sara! thanks for your nice words. it is my goal to show people that drafting patterns isn’t nearly as intimidating as they might think! fyi the class that this one is a follow-up to, my Master Pattern Drafting class, is all about wovens. and most of the projects in the book are wovens too. the only real difference in drafting patterns for wovens vs knits is the ease.

    also, moths only eat certain fibers; it doesn’t matter whether they are knit or woven. moths eat wool (including other animal fibers like cashmere, alpace, mohair etc) and silk (protein fibers). knits and wovens made with cotton or other cellulose fibers are not affected.

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