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Sewing knit garment with a woven pattern

LindaFaye | Posted in General Discussion on

I haven’t posted in a long time, but I really need some advice here. I know that I read some where that you can make knit garments using a pattern that suggests wovens. I was sure that I read this in Sandra Betzina’s Power Sewing book but cannot find the information now. (MAYBE IT WAS A DREAM – LOL. Wherever I read it, it gave some information on what the process should entail.

Has any one heard or read this type of information, and if so WHERE?

Linda Faye Lewis


Edited 6/11/2008 6:49 pm ET by LindaFaye


  1. starzoe | | #1

    Yes, you can do that, with some adjustments. You may have to take in the seam allowances; the drape will be different depending on the type of knit you are using. I have done this and the worse case scenario would be that the garment is too large, so choose a firmer knit fabric.Sandra Betzina says about the reverse (woven-suggested patterns to knits) to make seam allowances 1 1/4" instead of 5/8.

    1. LindaFaye | | #2

      Thank you for your reply. That is what I meant, I have a pattern that suggests wovens, but I want to make it in a knit. Thanks

      1. mede8 | | #3

        Well, LindaFaye my dear; I just checked out your blog - AND IT IS TERRIFIC!  (Sorry, but I just had to shout that from the tree tops!  I love the fact that you shared not only what is you are sewing, but your sewing room and life as well.  How very generous of you to share with us.  I really like the patterns you shared, and I'm going to try some you show as well.  I especially like that chic polk-a-dot dress.  Fabulous!  Also, that terrific white t-shirt that you are wearing.  I really like the fit.  It is apparent that you are a very talented seamstress.

        Now then, as to patterns:  Have you ever tried Lois Erickson's patterns?  They are wonderful and I just love her books too.  She is so creative.  Here's a link to her website for you to check out, in case you are interested: http://www.designandsew.com/

        I also like Park Bench Patterns, and the link to her's is:  http://www.parkbenchpatterns.com/

        Thanks again so much for sharing; you are a dear. 

        1. LindaFaye | | #4

          You are so very welcome mede8. I actually don't think I am that great; you know we are our own best critics (lol). Thanks for checking out my blog. It's my way of keeping up with what I do and the little progress I make. The black wrap polka dot dress is actually a suprise gift for my mother - but she doesn't know it, she thinks it's mine. I have all boxed up and ready to mail off to her. Thanks also for sharing the web sites to those two independent pattern companies, I will be sure to check them out...until next time HAPPY SEWING!

  2. katina | | #5

    Your blog's very interesting - love the Sew Along! It's amazing how much my friend and I get done when we have our sewing sessions. You'd think two people would simply do twice as much, but it's always more. I suppose it's because there's so much less stopping and starting, especially when we make quilts.

    Good wishes - Katina

    1. LindaFaye | | #6

      SEW-A-LONGS are so much fun! I prayed for a sewing buddy and now I have three! We have a session planned for Sunday of this week so I've got to get some things cut out. We arrive cut out and ready to sew! I'm glad you have sewing buddies too.

      1. katina | | #7


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