Intermediate | 1 hour
Taught by Cal Patch
For this course, we'll be working with the shift dress and sleeve pattern from Cal's original Pattern Drafting work-along. Cal shows how to remove ease from your personalized master pattern so that it will work perfectly with stretchy knitted fabric. All of the basics of working with knits are covered here: you'll learn lots of different ways to sew with knit fabrics on a home sewing machine as well as loads of techniques for finishing raw edges. Cal demonstrates how to make an empire-waist dress, which can be made with short sleeves or long sleeves. As always, Cal's information-packed approach to teaching will help you understand how simple it really is to design a year-round wardrobe using all of your favorite fabrics.
Learn how to:
  • Remove ease from a pattern to work with knits and create a more fitted garment
  • Select the type of fabric that will work best for your garment
  • Work with knits on a home sewing machine or serger
  • Finish hems and necklines when working with knits
  • Add a gathered skirt bottom to your dress

Chapters
Customizing the Pattern
01:07
01:28
Working with Knits
15:13
03:16
06:20
06:44
09:48
Sewing an Empire Dress
12:07
04:27
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Dress and Sleeve patterns drafted from Cal's Pattern Drafting Work-Along
  • Pattern paper
  • Hip curve (optional)
  • Clear ruler
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure
  • Clear tape
  • Basic sewing kit (pins, pin cushion, fabric shears, snips, seam ripper, marking tool)
  • Sewing machine
  • Universal needles and ball point needles
  • Twin needle
To make the Empire-Waist Dress:
  • 2-3 yards of knit fabric such as jersey or interlock
  • Decorative elastic for the neckline
  • Matching color all purpose thread
Discussion
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Transcript
Pattern Drafting with Knits
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Part 1:
Pattern Drafting with Knits: Customizing the Pattern
Cal Patch
For this course, we'll be working with the shift dress and sleeve pattern from Cal's original Pattern Drafting work-along. Cal shows how to remove ease from your personalized master pattern so that it will work perfectly with stretchy knitted fabric. All of the basics of working with knits are covered here: you'll learn lots of different ways to sew with knit fabrics on a home sewing machine as well as loads of techniques for finishing raw edges. Cal demonstrates how to make an empire-waist dress, which can be made with short sleeves or long sleeves. As always, Cal's information-packed approach to teaching will help you understand how simple it really is to design a year-round wardrobe using all of your favorite fabrics.
Part 2:
Pattern Drafting with Knits: Drafting a Hooded Sweatshirt
Cal Patch
Learn how to make a zip-up hoodie that is sure to become your go-to weekend staple. Cal demonstrates how to add positive ease to the original shift dress and sleeve pattern to make an oversized sweatshirt, and how to draft new pieces for pockets and a hood. Once you’ve cut out your pattern pieces in your favorite cozy fabric, Cal will walk you through the steps to construct your hoodie. You’ll learn how to insert a separating zipper, add sleeve cuffs, and sew a professional hem. At the end of the class, Cal shows off an array of designs that are possible with knits, sure to get your creativity flowing.
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