Today’s book review is about knitwear for kids. The common misconception is that you will need an overlocker or serger to sew knits. But this book shows you that it is possible to sew knits with a home sewing machine. In fact, the whole book is about sewing knits using a typical home sewing machine.
The book is broken down into a few sections. It starts with the “Basic” section which covers the basic introduction of knit fabrics and the tools and techniques necessary for sewing knits using a home sewing machine. Then the projects which are separated into Tops, Bottoms, Dress and Outerwear. Just a quick overview of the basic garments covered in this book. There are 27 projects in all.
Under the “Basic” section, you get to learn about the different types of knit fabrics, with description of their different uses.
There are some basic tools and tips for sewing knits. You have to use special needles, threads and use clips instead of pins for securing pieces of cloth together for sewing.
Also, you will need a teflon foot. I almost bought this particular foot (in the picture below) which is like a standard non-branded teflon foot, I wasn’t sure if it could snap on my Janome machine, but now I regret not buying it to try because I have no idea where to get one here other than ordering it through eBay? I did buy the fusibile stabilizer tape that is specially for knits though (the roll of Clover tape in the picture below). The book covers other important information such as how to pre-wash the fabrics, ironing and sewing tips for sewing knits.
The first project is a simple T-shirt. Something simple for practice.
Once you are comfortable with sewing knits, there are variations for each of the “basic” projects. For example, the above T-shirt can be jazzed up into a dressy cap-sleeve T-shirt, or even a long sleeve turtle-neck great for the colder months!
Some of the other projects include a Camisole (although I think this particular design does not really have to be in knit fabric)
A very nice two-tier skirt.
Cute little dress with ribbons and ruched sides. Perfect with leggings!
There are boy designs for the T-shirts in the first project, but I did not show them here. Of course, there are no skirts/dress variations for the boys But here is a cute little short sleeve parka for the boys. (Includes variations for girls in the book but not shown here)
Shorts and Long pants for Boys (with variations of shorts and leggings for Girls)
Most of the projects come with step by step photos like the ones below. Very clear photographic instructions (although my photo isn’t very sharp due to poor lighting )
Another example of step by step photos.
For some of the variations, if the main technique has been covered in another project, then the variations will only come with the standard how-to-make instructions. Includes the cutting diagram, steps in point form, and diagrams.
Here are the sizes included in this book. The words on leftmost column of the chart says (Height, Bust, Waist) and measurements are all in cm.
I think this is a really good book for anyone venturing into sewing knits for the first time, especially for those of us who do not have a serger/overlocker for sewing knits. Despite it being in Japanese, there are many step by step photographs. So there is very little translation needed.
Do you have this book? Have you made anything from it?
Title : 家庭用ミシンで作るいちばんよくわかるニット生地の子ども服
ISBN : 978-4-529-05052-4
Published by : Nihon-Vogue