Hi Friends! After the fun we had in my York Pinafore class, I had several requests for a basic T-shirt class aimed at teaching newer sewists how to to work with knits. As you all know, sewing knits is my sewing comfort zone, so I couldn’t be more excited that people want to learn how to work with the fun fabric. I know that sewing with knits can initially seem intimidating, but I promise it really is straightforward once you learn just a few tricks. We will be sewing this project completely on a regular sewing machine (no serger required!).
I am teaching the “Sewing with Knit- Let’s Make a T-shirt” class at Hipstitch Albuquerque on September 7th from 10 AM- 2PM. This class is suitable for anyone who is new to garment sewing, but its also great if you have a bit of garment sewing experience and are just wanting to learn how to get started sewing with knits. We will cover the basics of garment sewing (including reading pattern envelopes, measuring ourselves, and picking a size) and the basics of working with knits.
I have chosen two patterns for this class because I wanted to offer a class covering the largest range of sizes possible. Both are basic T-shirts with similar construction methods and great for beginners. The Lark Tee from Grainline studio covers sizes 0-18. The Cashmerette Concord covers sizes 12-28 and comes in three cup sizes (C/D, E/F, G/H). Students size 12-18 can pick either pattern, though I suggest the Concord for anyone with a cup size over C. Both patterns have the option for a crew neck or scoop neck, students can choose either of those views. We will not be tacking the v-neckline during this class since it is slightly more complicated, but once you have sewn your first t-shirt, you should be able to tackle it on your own at home if its the look that you prefer!
If you don’t fit in either of the size ranges, don’t like the styles, or would like to try a child’s or men’s pattern, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can figure out if there is a different pattern that you can use for this class. I would like to make this class accessible to as many people as possible.
If this is your first knit project, I suggest you use a more stable knit like this 95% cotton, 5% spandex blend or a polyester/spandex blend. Make sure there is at least 5% spandex in your fabric. I would suggest avoiding rayon based fabrics for your first knit project as they can be trickier to work with. If you would like help selecting an appropriate knit or have questions about how much fabric to buy, please send me an email at email@example.com.
I am modeling the Concord Tee in my photos here. As you can see, its a close fitting tee, perfect for layering, but if you would like it to be a bit of a looser fit, we can adjust it to your liking by going up a size or two. My version is the 18C/D, 20, 22. You can see previous post about my Concord Tees and hacks using the tag on the right!
If you are interested in the class, you can sign up through the Hipstitch website or sign up in the store. There is some info on the hipstitch website about what materials you will need to bring, but I will send an email to all students close to the date of the class with more details. I hope to see you there!