Share this:

Book Review:  A Beginner’s Guide to Sewing with Knitted Fabrics by Wendy Ward

Review of A Beginner's Guide to Sewing with Knitted Fabrics


Having spent years designing clothes to wear during yoga the author Wendy gained an in depth knowledge of sewing with knit fabrics and has loved them ever since. Through her workshops, magazine features and sewing patterns she has been sharing her knowledge and now she has written this book devoted to sewing with knitted fabric.

In the book Wendy covers essential techniques for both cutting and sewing with knitted fabrics on your home sewing machine or an overlocker. She discusses the different types of knit fabrics and when best to use them as well as which stitches and hem finishes are best for each.

She also provides instructions and full size pattern sheets which enable you to sew 20 stylish and comfortable garments in knit fabrics. With clear instructions, diagrams and photos throughout Wendy makes it look so easy you will be dying to give it a go. The question is where to start?

 Sewing patterns from Wendy Ward's new book

The patterns, which cover UK dress sizes 8 – 26, include a comfy t-shirt in varying lengths and styles, wide leg trousers which you could dress up for work or use as lounge trousers, a tank top which can also be made as a summer dress, lounge pants/gym trousers/shorts, a slouchy kimono style cardigan and a skirt/dress with clever draped sides. See a few of the patterns include in the images above and below.

Unlike many dressmaking books which tend to focus on skirts and dresses this one gives you a great range of garments which are suitable for every day wear.  My personal favourites are the wide legged trousers and shirred t-shirt shown below.

To get a feel for her patterns why not check out the t-shirt and dress tutorial she wrote for us?

Wendy’s book is published by Cico Books and is available to buy on their retail site Make ETC.

Beginner's Guide to Sewing With Knitted Fabrics