Next-Level Knits: Techniques for Structure & Style
Create chic knit garments as you learn how to sew pontes and other stable knits. Custom clothier and beloved Craftsy instructor Pam Howard will guide you step by step through stabilizing your fabric, pin-fitting, sewing, lining or underlining, and finishing knits as comfortable and beautiful as anything in your wardrobe.
Pam Howard is the owner of Pamela's Closet, Inc., a custom clothing and tailoring business, as well as a teacher of sewing, tailoring and couture techniques. Pam also tests patterns for the Pattern Review column in Threads magazine and has been a guest on Susan Khalje's "Sew Much More" TV show.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Pam Howard, fashion and garment sewing expert, and learn to choose the right kinds of fabrics for chic tailored knit garments. Follow along as Pam shares tips for cutting knits without stretching or color shading, and shows basic construction seams for these fabrics.
Discover how to make good pattern choices for stable knits, and even how to adapt some designed for woven fabrics, along with pattern styles to avoid. Then learn how to use fusible stay tapes and high-quality fusible interfacings to stabilize your knit garments.
Pam will help you move beyond the pattern instructions and use a thoughtful construction order for knits. You'll also learn how to bind necklines and other garment edges for a professional finish, and how to use a flat construction method for sleeves.
For tailored knit garments that really fit, discover how to use pin-fitting to make perfect adjustments before constructing seams. Then press your seams using Pam's tips to prevent shine and unwanted creases for refined results. Pam will also offer several elegant seam finishes to consider.
Linings and underlinings aren't just for garments made from wovens. In this lesson, Pam will help you decide when to use each method and how it affects your hemming options. Then you'll learn how to make perfect hems for stable knits by hand or by machine with a twin (double) needle.
Love knits but hate bulky elastic waistbands? Learn Pam's technique for a smooth, seamless elastic waistband that's comfortable and flattering. Plus, Pam will provide inspiration for incorporating the techniques from class into beautiful, flattering knit garments.