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Sewing Knit Fabrics: the pros and cons of the 4 most common options

There is much debate in the sewing community about what the ‘best’ or ‘proper’ way to sew with knits is.  It’s my opinion that the ‘best’ way to do any technique is the way that works for you – as long as you don’t find it too hard to do, like the result aesthetically and in terms of wear, then it’s good! I suggest four different ways to sew knit fabrics in the Miramar Dress, Top and Tunic pattern (buy it here!), and give a little information on their benefits and drawbacks, to help sewists new to knits choose a suitable one to start with. Here is a more in-depth look at the four main techniques used for sewing knits, and when, and why, I choose to use one, or not use one.  These are my observations based on my own experience sewing with knit fabrics, and my experience in teaching hundreds of students how to work with knits as they have made leggings, T-shirts, cardigans, knickers, camisoles and the Miramar Dress, Top & Tunic. For the purpose …

The Scroop Miramar Dress, Top & Tunic on Nina & Hvitr

I had a fantastic group of testers for the Scroop Miramar Dress, Top & Tunic – 6 awesome ladies who were nice enough to tell me every little place in the pattern that they found confusing, all the typos and stylistic oddities that I’d left in because you start missing them after you’ve read it a million times, any places where the printing just didn’t quite work, and any fit issues that they had, so that I could make sure that everyone, everywhere in the world, would be able to print and make up the pattern successfully. Two of my pattern testers were fellow Wellington sewists (and Wellington Sewing Blogger Network members), Nina of SmashtheStash & Hvitr of Historical Living with Hvitr (who you probably recognise from the phenomenal things she makes for the HSF). Having local testers is really helpful, because it means I can see things in person, and get fussy over the fit in ways it’s hard to do from photographs. Also, both Hvitr and Nina are extremely detailed and analytical, and Nina …

Introducing the Scroop Miramar Dress, Top & Tunic!

It’s here!  Say hello to the newest Scroop pattern: the Miramar Dress, Top & Tunic. The Miramar is one of the most popular patterns that I teach with, and is also one of my favourite wardrobe staples for myself.  It is designed to be a super easy introduction to sewing with knits for beginner sewist, and a fun, quick make for those with more experience. Like my first pattern, the Henrietta Maria Dress and Top, the Miramar comes in my full size range: from bust 30″ to bust 50″, and has been tested in every size by my sewing students, and some awesome pattern testers, so you can be confident that it really does work on actual bodies. All three garments feature a V-neck with self-collar, and short or 3/4 length cut-on sleeves. The top sits at mid hip, and the tunic at mid thigh. The dress loosens below the hips to form a softly flared skirt that ends at the knee. In warm knits the dress makes great autumn and winter wear paired with tights and boots. …