Monday, September 5, 2016

Knit Essentials...a lesson in garment sewing

A few months ago I purchased the collaborative pattern of Karen LePage and Alison Glass, Knit Essentials. To say that this is a great basic sewing pattern is an understatement! In one pattern they included instructions for making a knit "muslin" to get the best fit. The pattern continues to tell you how to use this muslin and get the best fit to make a dress, a t-shirt, a tank top, a knit skirt, and a knit and cotton tunic top. There are also sleeve and hem length variables and several ways to finsih the necklines and hemlines.

I bought some of Alison's basic knit fabric to make my muslin. I didn't follow the instructions completely because I wanted it to be a wearable muslin, so I played with the back waist adjustment and pretty much got it right, without wasting the gorgous knit fabric.

Being that I am pear shaped, I followed the instruction which suggested using your upper bust measurement when cutting the pattern top, to get the best fit through the shoulders and arm holes. I then graded to my waist and hip sizes when cutting out the dress.
I am so very pleased with the fit of this dress.
I followed the instructions for one of the neckline variables, making a rolled edge trim on the V-neck.
My favorite part of the dress is the fun and flirty ruffled detail at the hemline. It's a ruffle that even this 64 year old can wear without looking juvenile. I love it!
I will be using this pattern as a baseline pattern to check the fit on all my knit projects.

Now I need to order her Woven Essentials pattern.

6 comments:

mascanlon said...

Next year! Back to garment sewing I hope. This dress is adorable and it fits so well!

Debbie said...

Boy, that turned out darling, Diane!!

Patchwork and Play said...

WoW! great job Di! I have some knit fabric I want to use for a T-shirt! You have inspired me to give it a go! Any handy hints that you could pass on to a novice knit fabric sewer?

gpc said...

It's adorable, or an adult version of adorable, which is better at my age. :) I have never sewed anything that I am willing to wear out of the house and I know that my insecurity about fit is to blame -- as a result, I have lots of almost lovely nighties. But I would like to try to finally make something that I am not afraid to wear, and this post gives me some hope. :)

Dianne Neale said...

Great looking dress di - rally suits you xx

Susan said...

Great dress, great colour....you've done really well.