Updated on September 5, 2022 by Sarina

how ot sew a Knit Top

The advantage of knit fabric is that it stretches. That is its disadvantage too. But that is ok. It is just like most things in life. I love knit tops – there are none as comfortable as them – and when you love something, you will find ways to turn the advantages to your advantage and ignore the disadvantages. Here is a tutorial to sew a very easy top made of a stretchy knit fabric.

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How to sew the knit top

You need about 1 meter of knit fabric (depending on the length you need) and some bias binding tape cut from a stretchy fabric or synthetic fabric for making this top.

Related posts : Make your own bias binding tape; How to bind edges with bias binding tape; Different ways to bind a neckline with bias tape– 6 ways.

Step 1.

Fold 2 pieces of fabric 36 inches wide and 21 inches long by the middle. Mark the following pattern dimensions on your fabric.

pattern for Sewing a Knit Top

Cut it out.

Step 2.

Separate the 2 pieces. Mark the neck depth differently on both of them.

Mark front depth as 3 inches on one piece and back depth as 1 inch on the other piece.

Cut out the neckline
You can cut the front bodice neckline deeper than the back neckline

Cut them out separately

Step 3. Bind the neck edges with a bias binding tape

First keep the bias tape on the neckline edge, rightsides together. Sew together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Bind the neckline

Fold the cut edge 1/4 inch to the inside.

turn bias tape to the back

Turn the bias tape to the back (not fully ; the edge will be covered with the tape as in the picture below) and pin in place.

Stitch in the ditch from the front.

stitch the binding

You will be catching the folded edge of the bias tape at the back when you do this. Ensure that this is happening.

Now again fold this bound edge to the back and stitch in place from the front, neatly. It will look like this.

Binding at the neckline sewn to the inside

Do this for both the neckline edges.

Step 4.

Keep the shoulder edges together, overlapping. Pin in place. Sew the overlapping seam together. Do this for both sides.

Overlap shoulder seams
Overlap the shoulder seams and sew with binding. Alternatively, can sew as normal seam

Keep the bias tape (side edges turned to the inside) pinned on top of this seam. 

Keep binding on top and sew

Sew in place.

It will look like this.

Step 5.

Join the side seams of the front and back as usual – rightsides together. Fold the hems (bottom edge of the top and sleeve hem) and stitch in place.

Sew side seams and hem bottom edge and sleeve hems

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