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Sewing Knits That Fit

with Dyanne Marte
Sewing Knits That Fit
Your best knit garments will fit perfectly and look as fabulous as they feel. Learn to fit knit necklines, bodices, sleeves, skirts, pants and more.

Bring a superior fit to every knit garment you sew with designer Dyanne Marte. Fit bodices beautifully as you adjust for figure variations in the bust, waist and shoulders. Correct gaping armholes and necklines and reshape too-tight necklines. Achieve full range of motion and a tailored look by altering armscye seams, getting the right amount of ease in the biceps, taking in forearms and setting in knit sleeves perfectly. Discover tips for altering a bodice that's too long or short and hem knit garments with confidence. Solve rise and thigh-fitting issues for knit pants. Plus, hone your fit even further with jelly tape, elastic and banding. Consistently sew fabulous-fitting knit garments that are a joy to wear.

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Lesson 1. Getting Started

  • Meet your instructor, knitwear designer Dyanne Marte, and review types of knit fabric, grain lines and seam allowances, then dive into extending your seam allowances to add fabric where you need it.


Lesson 2. Fitting for Bodice & Shoulders

  • Tackle bodice adjustments along with Dyanne. You'll learn how to modify your pattern for broad or narrow shoulders, adjust the armscye accordingly, and take in or let out the bust.


Lesson 3. Armholes & Neckline

  • If your armholes gape or your neckline is too tight, Dyanne has solutions for you. She demonstrates how to modify the side seam at the underarm, raise or lower the shoulder seams, and redraw the neckline for a more flattering fit.


Lesson 4. Issues With Sleeves

  • Knits are much more forgiving when it comes to fitting sleeves, but sometimes you still need to add some ease at the biceps or take in the forearm. Dyanne shows how easy it is to make these alterations and to set in the sleeve. There's no fussing with basting and gathering; you just pin the sleeve to the armscye and sew!


Lesson 5. Hemming & Length

  • Getting the length right on knits can be tricky because the fabric tends to stretch and grow. Dyanne shows how to adjust a dress bodice that is too long, and how to lengthen one. She walks you through her tips for evenly hemming skirts and tops as well.


Lesson 6. Problems With Pants & Bottoms

  • A great-fitting yoga pant can be impossible to find unless you make it yourself. Dyanne covers the most common adjustments to knit pants for a smooth look through the rise, back and thighs.


Lesson 7. After-the-Fact Fixes

  • Whether you make your own knits or buy them, you can make them more durable by adding jelly tape to critical seams. Dyanne also discusses how to use elastic in your knits and how to add banding to lengthen and stabilize hems, sleeves and necklines. Finally, she gives you some pointers for caring for your knit garments so you can enjoy them longer!

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