Haven’t convinced you with the last post that knits can be your friend? You need to take a look at Sew U Home Stretch by Wendy Mullin. She specialises in easing you into projects, whether it’s an intro to sewing, dresses, or coats and jackets. She does this by giving you the basic building blocks that will build your confidence and then giving you the options to expand your skills and experiment with designs.
Sew U Home Stretch really helped me take the plunge by walking me through fabric types, equipment, preparation, and then providing 3 basic patterns, a t-shirt, a raglan sleeve top and a dress.
These 3 patterns have a whole range of variations, say a baseball style t-shirt or a suspender skirt, and Wendy shows you how to adapt the basic pattern. This also means it’s a fairly painless introduction to pattern drafting but you hardly notice this as you go along.
One of the reviews online mentions that the t-shirt comes out rather boxy, which I’d agree with. It wasn’t an issue though, I just adjusted the shape and tweaked the pattern for my own preferences. This is down to the confidence that the book gives you rather than my own flexibility.
Also attractive is that the book talks you through how to sew knits without a serger/overlocker, and with one, so all kinds of sewers are accomodated.
Interestingly, there’s also a final chapter on ‘Recycling’ which talks through some starter ideas for re-fashioning your existing knits, which opens up fresh possibilities.
So if you’re looking for something to add to your Christmas list, this is an excellent primer that gets your creative juices working.