On Sunday I taught my popular Sewing with Knits workshop at MIY Workshop. The day started with an interesting discussion during which everyone agreed that knit fabrics made the kind of clothes that they actually want to wear. It’s true, when you think about the kind of clothes that you wear most often (and usually feel most comfortable in), I’ll bet that most of them are made from knitted fabrics. Yet most sewers that I meet, even experienced ones, feel daunted by the prospect of sewing knitted fabrics.
Well I’m happy to say that this workshop is the cure to that fear and here are Sunday’s fantastic and wearable results……
From left to right Debbie, a long-time sewer but a self-confessed knit-phobe was very happy with her drapey cardi. Elena who hadn’t sewn since school came in with a dress made of very slippery fine jersey knit fabric and went home with it transformed into a separate skirt and top! Amandine has been loving sewing Colette patterns using lots of woven fabrics, but now is a convert to knit fabrics after making my straight neck dress and matching up her stripes perfectly. Laura has also done a fair bit of sewing, but has avoided knits and couldn’t find a way of edging knitted fabrics nicely, she was surprised by how quick and easy my fold-over waist skirt was to make and took it home very neatly and professionally hemmed using a twin needle.
And last, but not least, Tricia was camera shy so Elena stepped in to model her lovely cowl neck top. This one got lots of admiring comments from the rest of the class! Tricia was another experienced sewer and knit-phobe at the start of the day and now feels confident in being able to tackle slippery lightweight jersey knit fabrics. This pattern isn’t yet available to buy but is one of the next ones on the list….!!
Here’s what the students themselves thought of the workshop:
“Enjoyable day as always – Wendy’s patterns are so easy to use and well designed. Am delighted with my skirt, thank you!” Laura
“I really enjoyed the workshop – lovely atmosphere, lovely people, a day very well spent. Thank you Wendy! I had a great time and I am happily back to sewing after some 20 odd years!” Elena
“Really enjoyed the day. Very informative and now feel more confident to work with jersey.” Tricia
“Thanks for a great day. Tacking tacking tacking – essential for a perfect finish!!” Debbie
“Thank you very much Wendy for a lovely Sunday! I feel much more confident sewing with knit fabrics with your advice regarding stitches and needles to use. Jersey fabric is so great to sew with and I loved using your dress pattern.” Amandine
By the end of the day everyone’s fear of knitted fabrics had been overcome and I feel sure that these 5 garments are going to get plenty of wear!
If you’d like to overcome your fear of sewing knitted fabrics the next date for this workshop is Sunday 8th December. Get in touch on 01273 693451 or miyworkshop[at]gmail.com to find out more and book a place.
If you want to have a go at using one of my patterns to sew knit fabrics at home, you can buy them online from my Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/shop/MIYcollection