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Nancy Zieman’s Knits Blog Tour

April 18, 2013 in News

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All of us at Totally Stitchin’ are excited to participate in Nancy Zieman’s blog tour and give- away to celebrate the release of her new book Sew Knits with Confidence and her new knit patterns.  Nancy’s publisher sent us a copy of the book plus the patterns, and I got choose!  This was the hardest part! After a long debate between the Sante Fe Dress and the Monterey Knit Collection I decided the knit top and capris of the Monterey Knit Collection was the right pick for me.

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Capri outfit2-L-500 So off the fabric shop, I went.  The available fabric pattern choices were not as exciting as I had hoped, but I was eager to get started right away and I was still able to find a soft blue and green print to use for the top and medium weight knit in navy that was perfect for the capris.

Coming from a garment sewing background, I am prepared for the typical measure, mark, calculate, and re-draw pattern adjustment process that has to be done to a pattern before you can even start sewing. But none of that was needed with Nancy’s pattern! (Ok, I did find I had to shorten both the top and capris a little–but I am short, so this is no surprise.) The pattern was super easy to cut out only 5 pieces for both garments!

Assembling the outfit took nothing at all. I clipped my pieces together at the seams. (Wonder Clips from clover are the best, I don’t have to worry about snagging the knit with pins and you never have to worry about serging over one.)

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I threaded my Baby Lock Evolution serger with navy thread a few seams later construction was done!  The Evolution was perfect for this project, because the overlock stitch stretches with the seams of the knit and the differential feed allowed me to prevent stretched-out wavy side seams on the soft knit I used for the top. I hemmed it all on my serger using a cover stitch, even the neckline edge!

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Nancy’s patterns and book give you helpful hints throughout for using both a machine or serger.  I love how the pattern includes stabilizing the shoulder seams with clear elastic; this is often something you learn by mistake that it is a must to keep your knit garments looking great.  Here is my clear elastic going into my shoulder seams. The slot in the Evolution foot makes sure your elastic stays while you serge.

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Check out page 50 of Nancy’s Sew Knits with Confidence book for the waistline. The “Fantastic Elastic casing technique” was super easy and perfect for the capris. To complete my ensemble I also serged up a quick tie belt, from the left over fabric. It is a simple strip 3” wide folded.

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Many thanks go to Nancy Zieman, and Krause Publications for providing us with the book and patterns and including us in the blog tour.

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