American Wool Series

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Sewing FO: Crazy Cat Top

 I made another top!
 I used the same pattern as my other leopard print top but changed it up quite a bit. The pattern calls for woven fabrics but I was curious to see how it would translate into a knit fabric. Just to be clear here, I've never sewn with knit fabrics so this was a total crapshoot. I saw this super crazy rainbow vomit pseudo-leopard print at Joann's and  picked it up for about $8 (about what I would pay for a generic on-sale t-shirt at a big box store).
Instead of cutting two back pieces and seaming them, I cut the back on the fold, removing the seam allowances and cut the front as usual. I gleaned some awesome information about sewing with knits from this post and made a second trip to Joann's for ball point needles, a twin needle, and some double-sided steam a seam and then I got to work. About an hour later I had this crazy top which I totally lurve. There are still some issues I need to work out - I still get some bagginess at the neckline, I have a slightly wavy hem, and I could take the seams in a tad more, but overall I'm pleased with it. I wore it to work on Tuesday with my black pencil skirt and tealy-blue cardigan - the good thing about the crazy print is that it works with a ton of colors. Now my interest in sewing with knits is piqued and I want to try sewing a pattern actually designed for knits - like Renfrew!

Do any of you home sewists have tips for me for working with knits? How about favorite patterns?


  1. It turned out great!! Soon you will be addicted to knits like me :)

    I just made the Plantain tee and I think it's my new favorite knit pattern:

    1. Oh! I'll have to check that out. I have to say, sewing with knit fabric was way easier than I thought it would be.