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Date: 7/26/13 9:37 PM

I was given one yard of a knit fabric 60" wide. I'm hoping to find a top pattern that has some sort of sleeve...can be a cap sleeve. Dress code requires a sleeve. I've looked through my patterns and the books at Hancock. I feel sure one of you folks can help!

Thank you in advance,
Mitzi from NC

Never sewn with knits before either...fyi!

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Subject: pattern for top with 1 yd 60 fabric Date: 7/27/13 6:44 AM

I'd be interested in a one yard top too...anyone? I do think you could colour block a pattern and only need to buy another .5 yard to make a proper top.

Sewing with knits is quite easy (little to no seam finishing) just sew with a zigzag stitch, so the thread moves with the fabric, if you don't have a serger....

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Date: 7/27/13 7:14 AM

The pattern envelope always tells you to buy much more fabric than you really need. The amount of fabric needed for a knit top depends on your size, as well as the style. I can squeeze a long sleeved tee shirt out of 3/4 of a yard of knit fabric without any problem, but I wear a small size. You can make the most of your yardage by ignoring the pattern's layout guide and experimenting with the most economical layout. Cutting your garment in a single layer can usually save even more fabric.

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Date: 7/27/13 7:29 AM

There's a tutorial on the Burda site, if the stretch fabric is a tad over 1metre (1.1m)
I haven't tried it...

Long sleeve shirt out of 1,1m of stretch fabric

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Subject: pattern for top with 1 yd 60 fabric Date: 7/27/13 8:50 AM

If you don"t mind a seam in the back or the front than there is no problem. I think a princes seam model also makes it easy

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Date: 7/27/13 9:32 AM

Knits are comfortable and easy. Jersey knits tend to curl on the edges, so they are a little more difficult. If the fabric is a jersey and you are having trouble with it, you can try some spray starch on the edges to help them behave a little better.

Knits are also nice because for the most part you can select a pattern for either wovens or knits. If for wovens, you can usually leave out the zipper or buttons. If your knit is particularly drapey & stretchy, you might need to go done a size.

One easy solution is to buy some additional knit fabric in a solid co-ordinating color (black usually works), and then make a raglan sleeve top.

With that in mind:
Butterick 5335 view B calls for 1 yard or less up to size 20.
Vogue 1197 view A would be a fun option if using a contrast fabric for the sleeves & neckline.
Vogue 8886 isn't for knits, but if your knit is not too stretchy you could still use it. Combine your fabric another one can create some colorblocking options with the panels.

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Date: 7/27/13 10:19 AM

Since you've never worked with knits before a simple short sleeved t-shirt type top might be a good introduction.
If you lay out your fabric so the selvedges meet in the middle and you have 2 folds, you won't have any CF or CB seams. Pamela's Patterns has a great t pattern - 4 pieces: front, back, short or cap sleeve, and a neck binding. Of course, any other brand of t-shirt pattern should work also.

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Date: 7/27/13 10:47 AM

New Look 6977. Top in all sizes, only 1 yd. Quite a few reviews here on PR, too. Good luck.

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Subject: pattern for top with 1 yd 60 fabric Date: 7/27/13 10:52 AM

I'm on the road so I can't link and stuff. Vogue 8679 top has sleeves, needs 7/8 of a yard, and was super easy. It was one of my first ever projects. I like the dress I made better but that's because I used jersey for the top and it fought me a bit :-)

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Date: 7/27/13 12:04 PM

What about Maria's (free!) downloadable pattern for a kimono-sleeve tee? Kimono tee shirt

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