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Tips on Sewing and Fitting Knits

Threads magazine - 151 – Oct./Nov. 2011

Sewing knit garments presents fitting issues like gaping and twisting. A poorly fitted knit bodice can gape at the armholes, fall incorrectly along the neckline, twist at the torso, and present many other unflattering problems. Getting a perfectly-fitted knit garment is simple with a process of matching your knit to the pattern, double-checking several pattern details, and then drape-fitting the garment. Connie Crawford shares simple techniques that can be applied to any knit pattern with professional results in this article from Threads #151.


For today’s fast-paced lifestyle, knits continue to be fashionable, comfortable, and easy to sew. Knit fabric stretches to fit, making it an ideal choice for many body types. It comes in myriad weights, fibers, and colors to suit just about any style or season.

However, sewing knit garments presents fitting issues like gaping and twisting. A poorly fitted knit bodice can gape at the armholes, fall incorrectly along the neckline, twist at the torso, and present many other unflattering problems. Getting a perfectly-fitted knit garment is simple with a process of matching your knit to the pattern, double-checking several pattern details, and then drape-fitting the garment.

It’s important to match your fabric’s stretch to your pattern and to check your pattern for the fitting details that matter most. Each pattern piece has a specific relationship to the figure, which enables the garment to fit and be worn correctly. Drape-fitting the pattern allows for custom changes and gives you the added pleasure of seeing how the style looks during the fitting process. These simple techniques can be applied to any knit pattern with professional results.

Know your fabric’s characteristics

Knits are used in a variety of garments, but they must be appropriate for the design. Choice of fabric depends on the particular properties of the…

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