Nancy Zieman’s Sew Knits With Confidence Blog Tour & Giveaway!

 Nancy Ziemans Sew Knits With Confidence Blog Tour  & Giveaway!I love sewing with knits so when asked if I wanted to do Nancy Zieman’s Sew Knits with Confidence Blog Tour I jumped at the chance.

My biggest concern was the bust/bodice area.  Nothing is quite as unattractive as wearing a droopy knit. In the photos the dress/tunic look as if they are more fitted through the waist and hips.  Where the drawing on the back it looks more like an empire waist type fit.  I prefer a more fitted look so I made adjustments as you will see in the photos.

I noted that there were no notches on the bodice front and back for placement of the sleeves.  There were notches on the sleeveless version.  However I simply lined up the shoulder seam notch on the sleeve pattern to the bodice should seam and the sleeves went in perfectly.

This dress would look great with an asymmetrical hem or long sleeves for fall and winter.  I think this will be one of my favorite knit dresses to whip up.

Here a few observations about the pattern and the process

  1. Nancy peppers the instructions with helpful tips
  2. The sleeve is sewn flat
  3. I learned a new stitch – the Wobble stitch
  4. I cut out a XS.
  5. I created a back seam and took it in by 2 inches to create a more fitted version.
  6. Material used is a Rayon/Lycra/Poly T-shirt knit
  7. I LOVE the neckline. And, think it gives a retro, but dressy look to your usual knit dress.
  8. I did not use a serger, just my sewing machine.
  9. There is no interfacing.
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Little tucks make nice gathers in the bodice.












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Love the soft draping of the neckline














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More neckline views




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Creating a back seam for more fitted look












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Here we are!
































So, what do you think?  Leave a comment below about my version of the Santa Fe Dress from Nancy Zeiman, your love of knits or how you think you would sew it up.  Those who leave a comment will be entered to win Nancy Zeiman’s Sew Knits with Confidence book and four knit patterns from her new collection!  The Winner will be announced Thursday April 25, 2013!

 Nancy Ziemans Sew Knits With Confidence Blog Tour  & Giveaway!

About Jill

I write for the Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery blogs. I love sewing, vintage and would love to get a comment from you!
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109 Responses to Nancy Zieman’s Sew Knits With Confidence Blog Tour & Giveaway!

  1. Emily C says:

    Love this dress! I would definitely would make one.

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  3. jbsews says:

    I really like this dress pattern. I am so glad Nancy put together a book and patterns for knits. All her tips are so helpful. Thanks for the review!

  4. Debbie says:

    The dress looks great and it looks fairly easy which is really nice too!

  5. Janice Beitz says:

    I’ve Got to Make one of these dresses!

  6. Debbie Crosser says:

    You did a great job and the dress looks fabulous on you.

  7. Kathy Heaverlo says:

    What a classy dress!

  8. Connie Powell says:

    The dress is beautiful and would look lovely on many age groups. I always have trouble with knits and would love to learn your secrets. I have 4 daughters and they all have different body types. I believe this dress would/could be fitted for all of them. Would love the chance to find out.

  9. Kathy says:

    I have been watching “Sewing with Nancy” since the 80′s. Does this make me sound old? And I love this dress pattern. My oldest is rather large breasted and this pattern could easily used because of the draping and pleats in the bodice. I wasn’t sure what a wobble stitch was but thanks to Google I learned. What a simple stitch with great results. And no interfacing, that is a bonus! Can’t wait to give it a try.

  10. Becky says:

    What a nice job you did on your knit dress. I like the way you took it up in the back to make it more fitted. I would definitely do that also. I would love to make this dress. It looks so comfortable & stylish at the same time. Thanks for posting your hints about the pattern.

  11. Christine Gibbons says:

    What wonderful patterns and everyone one of you have commented on how easy the patterns were to follow. Sure hope I win.

  12. Kathy Engelmeyer says:

    The more I have seen of this dress the more I know I must have one or several. Love, love the neckline drape, it is so feminine.
    Like the fitting that you made on your dress to make it yours.
    Would love a tunic over leggings or jeans.

  13. Patty Sack says:

    I like this dress the way it was done originally and I like the way you made it more fitted! I think I will have to try it both ways now.

  14. Donna F. says:

    I like the fitted version. I looks great on you. I think that since I am much heavier than you I would not do that to mine but can’t wait to try out the patterns. Thanks for sharing your photos.

  15. Lucy Jorna says:

    The dress has a nice “drapey” look. Knits are my favourite. Nancy’s tips and suggestions on any project are helpful!

  16. florence marini says:

    Love how the flow of the dress.

  17. Susan says:

    I love your dress! It turned out very cute!! I would like to make a dress like yours and I would also love the sleeveless tunic version. Thank you for the chance to win these patterns and Nancy’s book!

  18. Cindy Charlton says:

    This looks like a great dress. I need a dress for a wedding in the fall, and this might just be it.

  19. Mary Deeney says:

    I love the tips and observations. Can’t wait to try them out.

  20. Carol says:

    Beautiful dress – I love the way the bodice came together, the colour fabric you chose is very flattering

  21. Wow I love the way the neckline looks and fits. The color you chose is very pretty and matching your coloring well. I love how sewing lets you customize a pattern to make it your own.

  22. Iryna says:

    I love your dress, fit, drape, and the color!
    I love sewing with knits, but I am still a newbie at this. The book would really help. Thank you. Iryna

  23. Gracie hill says:

    It’s refreshing to see this sewn this way especially with knits. I love sewing with Nancy and what you did to this pattern is very flattering. I’ve always been skittish when it comes to knits but that’s to this knits tutorial and your help I will try this pattern.

  24. Rose O'Koren says:

    I love working with knits and I like your dress. This dress will be great for work, church or dinner, great versatility. Your pictures are very helpful to see the fit of the dress.

  25. Robin Richey says:

    I love it Jill, it sounds so easy. You make it look good. You could make one for me. ;)

  26. Pam M says:

    I LOVE your dress! Love the colour (yes, I can spell – I just live in Australia where we do it differently!), love the fit, love the drapey bodice, love the length, love the boots with it. In fact, I love this so much I am going to buy the pattern right now (and not wait to win one LOL!).

  27. Elaine Watt says:

    Love the changes you made. Am just getting back to sewing with knits and love how quick knits sew up.

  28. Kathryn Hosfelt says:

    I am really excited to sew this myself after seeing your awesome dress! You picked a great color and fit it so well!

  29. susan says:

    I love the way it drapes!

  30. Jane says:

    Love the fit, love the pattern, thanks for sharing.

  31. knithappy says:

    This dress really does look great in all colors. I love the green knit too. Thank you for your inspiration!! Thanks, knithappy

  32. Ginger says:

    Your dress looks great! I love the color on you. I like how you added the back seam to get the fit you desired. I can’t wait to make this dress for myself.

  33. Donna N. says:

    I’ve never liked sewing with knits but you made it look so easy!

  34. Cynthia Shong says:

    I love the neckline and the way the bodice fits. Thanks for posting.

  35. Susan O says:

    Very nice dress, looks like it could work for a dressy occasion as well as a casual one.

  36. SuZann says:

    I love all things Nancy Zieman and this dress is perfect!

  37. Mary Haggenmaker says:

    Prefer the sleeves. Old arms aren’t particularly attractive on some people….like me.

  38. Ann says:

    You and your dress look great.

  39. Janice Davis says:

    I love the way the knit fabric drapes over the body. Love them!!!

  40. Dell M says:

    The dress looks so cute on you and fits so well. Thanks for sharing.

  41. Brenda Green says:

    I love the neckline. It is so pretty.

  42. Sandra Chavez says:

    I love your choice of fabrics and I was intrigued that you added the back center seam so that you can adjust the fit (I’ll have to remember that one). The dress looks terrific on you.

  43. Debi Patrick says:

    I’m not one to sew with green fabrics and then I see a stunning dress such as this, and go find my green knits! I admire how you made this without a serger too. Awesome!

  44. MC says:

    I love the fit and color. Sewing with knits scares me a little.

  45. Darla says:

    I enjoy sewing and wearing dresses and blouses with necklines that are out of the ordinary. Thank you so much for sharing.

  46. Natalie says:

    Pretty dress! Thanks for posting.

  47. Sylvia Kidwell says:

    So good to know, I need not invest in a serger, to make the Santa Fe dress. Great dress done your way! I like the 3/4 sleeves!

  48. Pam Hotle says:

    This dress is so cute and the fit is great. I haven’t sewn knits since the 70′s. Maybe it’s time to get back to it!

  49. Karen Hansen says:

    This is a really cute pattern and I love how you made it a little more fitted! I think a tunic length over leggings or jeans would be great! You could also add a little modesty panel that mimics a cami out of the same fabric to give it a layered look without adding any bulk to make it more modest and casual.

  50. LindaC in AZ says:

    I really like the neckline tucks in that dress and I love the color of the fabric you chose. I wonder how it would work up in a cotton interlock?