You can now pre-order your signed copy of my new book “A Beginner’s Guide to Sewing With Knitted Fabrics”.
I’m soooo happy to finally be able to share more of my new book with you, I really can’t wait for this one to be out there in your hands and being used! I’ve been wanting to write this book since around 2013 and I can’t believe it’s finally here.
Let me tell you a bit more about it and how to get your copy…..
*** From today, you can pre-order your signed copy and have it dispatched to you on publication day – 9th Jan 2018. If you want to buy it as a Christmas gift I’ll send you a card to give to the recipient and dispatch the book direct to them when the book is published at no extra cost!!! ***
Beginner’s Guide to Sewing With Knitted Fabrics contains everything you need to know to make 20 essential garments from stretch knit fabrics in 10 sizes. Following my step-by-step tutorials you can make a complete collection of comfortable stylish garments along with ideas to easily adapt them for everyday wear, activewear or loungewear.
A complete outfit from the book on the back cover: cardigan, vest and wide leg trousers. There are multiple ways to make each of the projects, here are 6 ways to make the t-shirt project to get you started!
There are core wardrobe basics that you’ll turn to again and again; t-shirts, wide-leg trousers, lounge pants, tank tops, cardigans, skirts and dresses along with styling and fabric selection help that will enable you to dress them up or down.
Both beginners and more experienced dressmakers often avoid using knitted fabrics, but I’ll show you how to successfully sew them with just a regular sewing machine. You will learn all the essential knit know-how sewing skills with the help of a comprehensive techniques section that includes:
Just a few pages from the techniques section: detailed help on choosing the right fabric for your project, help with stripe matching, identifying the grainline and right and wrong sides of your fabric, a comprehensive glossary specific to knitted fabrics and 3 ways of using elastic with knitted fabrics.
- a guide to all the different types of knitted fabrics, what they’re like to work with and wear and how to choose the best fabric for your project
- a knitted fabric shopping checklist
- how to prepare knits for making clothes – including washing, drying, laying out and cutting
- how to set up your sewing machine to sew knits
- which needles you need to sew knits
- how to sew seams, hems and finish edges in knits on your regular sewing machine
- special treatments for knits including; different ways to use elastic and taping seams
- a comprehensive glossary of knitted fabrics and fibres.
I’ve sewn extensively with knitted fabrics since 2001 when I worked in the fashion industry designing activewear and loungewear for an ethical clothing company. Since I began teaching in 2007 I’ve helped hundreds of home dressmakers conquer their fears of sewing with knits and start making modern, comfortable, easy-to-wear clothes.
The patterns are printed on 3 full-size double sided pull-out pattern sheets.
Patterns for the 6 basic garments and all the variations to make 20 different designs are included in the book on 3 pull-out, full scale, multi-sized pattern sheets. Each pattern has 10 sizes. The patterns are over-printed in colour on both sides of the pattern sheets, so just trace off the pieces that you need and off you go!
NOTE: the patterns are printed in 10 sizes which cover the following range: bust 80-121cm (31 1/2 to 47 3/4 ins), waist 64-105cm (25 to 41 1/2 ins), hips 88-129cm (34 1/2 to 51 ins).
Each project has a comprehensive list of suggested fabrics, finished garment measurements and detailed step-by-step instructions with diagrams.