Sew Over It Online Course: Intro to Sewing with Knit Fabrics

Following on from last years Me-Made-May I decided I needed to stop sewing so many fancy dresses that would only get worn occasionally and start bulking up my me-made wardrobe with items that I could wear everyday. For me, this means comfy clothes that are smart enough to wear for work – the perfect solution? knit fabrics!

Sew Over It Online Course: Intro to Sewing with Knit Fabrics

Some of you might be aware that over the past four years I have been working towards my PhD and that at the end of last year I finished it and am now a doctor! Well, as part of that process I had to write a thesis (around 350 pages) and then defend it in a two and a half hour interview. Only then could I say I had passed. After I had finished writing the thesis and handed it in I was ready for a good break before I started my new job and had the interview to prepare for so I decided to take a week off and bought myself the online course on sewing with knits from sew over it as a fun thing to do in my new found free time!

In that first week after completing my thesis I worked through the whole course and had sewn my first version of each of the included patterns : the Emma dress and the Alice top. Since then I have sewn another version of each of the patterns. So I have definitely achieved my aim of bulking out my me-made wardrobe with comfy everyday clothes that are smart enough for work

The course starts out with a some tips on picking your fabric (the two patterns that are included require quite different fabric choices with different amounts of stretch and so this is a really useful starting point. I then went straight onto my first Emma dress which I made in a navy blue Ponte from Girl Charlee. The fabric was lovely to work with – it only has a small amount of stretch and so is quite easy to sew as it doesn’t need to much attention to prevent it stretching out.  

The instructions for the Emma dress were really clear and I whizzed through the first one in no time – even inserting an invisible zip in a stretch fabric! Something which sounds quite daunting but the instructions were so clear and before I knew it I had done it. Although, given the fact the fabric is stretchy I don’t think the dress really needed it and so I decided to omit it from my second version and I have no problems with getting it on and off so I think it is only really required if you choose a fabric with hardly any stretch.

I was so pleased with my first Emma dress I made a second straight away. For this dress I decided to risk straying from the instructions slightly and chose a lighter weight jersey, and omitted the zip – the dress has a lot less structure in the lighter fabric but I still really love the style of it and love the fit you can get with those princess seams (FBAs are so much easier!)

I then moved onto the Alice top. The construction of this top is really interseting as it has a lined bust panels and I must admit the first one I made I was convinced I had wrong until i turned everything through to the right side and miraculously it looked like a top! What I really love about this top is that the pattern comes with three different cup sizes so there was no need for me to make any adjustments.

The first Alice top I made (not pictured here) was in a blue diamond jersey from Girl Charlee – unfortunately the pattern was not on grain and so I decided to abandon all hope of lining it up anywhere and just went straight into cutting. Given the different panels on this top I don’t think it really matters as there is so much going on with the gathered centre front and separate panels. My second version is made in the softest grey jersey it is just the most comfy top ever!

This top is definitely a lot simpler to make than it looks and again the instructions are clear and easy to follow – I can see myself making a few more as it is a good work-wear staple and I have already have loads of people ask me where I bought it from (cue smug face when I tell them its handmade!)

The details:

Pattern: Sew Over It Intro to sewing with knits online course Emma dress and Alice top

Fabric: Navy ponte de roma, charcoal and black gingham, blue diamond jersey, soft grey jersey (all from Girl Charlee UK)

Notions:Invisible zip in the navy Emma dress, Gutermann thread

Alterations: Navy Emma dress size 12 with 0.5 inch FBA, Grey Emma size 10 with 1 inch FBA, Alice tops both size 8 with D cup

I can truly recommend this course, I had already sewn with knit fabrics before starting it and had really just bought it for the patterns that were included. This would definitely have been worth it if that were all I got from it as the patterns are really lovely but actually I learned quite a lot from the course. The instructions were super clear and I picked up a few handy tips along the way

If you liked this overview of my project why not keep up to date with my current makes over on Instagram

11 thoughts on “Sew Over It Online Course: Intro to Sewing with Knit Fabrics

  1. Daphne

    Hi, this is a great review, thanks for sharing your thoughts on the course. I’m just about to start to myself… I often have to do an FBA, but I’ve not done one on princess seams before, so I was wondering if there’s a particular tutorial you follow?
    Also, I can see that your second Emma Dress is more fitted at the waist, as you’ve made it a size 8. I’ve been watching the initial course videos and Lisa says Emma doesn’t have any negative or positive ease, but the measurement chart says different, so I’m a bit confused! Would you consider sharing your measurements, please? I usually make SOI items in a size 10 – sometimes an 8 – and I’m 36,28,39 with a 28G bust. (And yes, I’m being lazy and don’t want to make a toile! ;-) Hehe!)
    Thanks very much,
    Jo x

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    1. Helen from H's Handcrafts Post author

      First of all can I say how excited I am that we have the EXACT same measurements!! So I guess you can decide which look you like best of the two I did and pick what you like!
      I had never done a process seam before this one and found the tutorial included in the course really good ( it is in a separate series of videos after the ones for the patterns – in a section on fitting) so I just used that and added in the width i needed there.
      I can’t remember off the top of my head what the rear is on these patterns but I would say you want to make the finished measurements the same as your actual measurements or maybe a half inch bigger, if you like it fitted (the stretch in the fabric means there will be plenty breathing room). For me the size 8 waist was a nice fit. if you like a looser fit then a bigger size is better. The navy i made is really loose at the waist but makes for a nice relaxed fit!

      If you’ve never seen with knits before good luck! But I’m not sure you will need it – it’s so addictive, quick to sew and super comfy to wear! Plus I find there’s never really any need for a toile as the stretch in the fabric means you can generally get away with quite a lot!


      1. Daphne

        Oh wow, amazing to find someone with the same measurements! I’ve always struggled with RTW clothes as they’re usually too big on my waist when they fit my bust and hips – hence why I started sewing.
        I prefer things to be more fitted, especially on my waist, so I’ll likely go with an 8 and add the FBA in that case – I’ll look for that tutorial before I start making the dress.
        I’ve sewn a few things with knit fabrics, so fingers crossed these turn out okay!
        I’ve just followed you on Instagram – I’m jowoods11
        Hopefully ‘see’ you around the sewing community, as it’ll be good to compare notes with a ‘body double’ on various patterns etc! :-)

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