Sewing a Knit Top: Part 3

Find the first two parts of this series here and here.

The next steps in the top were to sew the front and back together at the shoulders. Also the sleeves were to be added and the sides sewn together.

Most seams were stitched with a stretch stitch (explained in Part 2) and with a zigzag stitch in the seam allowance to strengthen the seam.

Zigzag stitch in seam allowance next to stretch stitch

What was different about adding the sleeves was that the sleeves were sewn on to the front and back before they were sewn up and before the front and back were sewn together at the sides.

Pinning and stitching the sleeve to the shoulder and side seams

I forgot to take photos of this step.  Here are the instructions from the pattern.

These are raglan-style sleeves so they aren’t stitched up and then added to the armhole. The unstitched sleeve is pinned at it’s centre to the shoulder seam and then along the front and back side seams. The sleeve and side seams are then stitched up at the same time.

Sleeve meets inside front of top

All that was left was to hem the sleeves, bottom and back neck. I decided to cut the sleeves to 3/4 length. This is the step where I would most like to have a serger. To sew the seam and finish it at the same time would be wonderful. My sewing machine did alright but if I plan to do more knits I will have to keep an eye out for a serger.

I hope you enjoyed my steps through sewing a knit top. Next post will have finished item photos and some style tips.

What I’m listening to: Winter Winds by Mumford & Sons


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