Tall-Size Sewing Patterns – How Hard Can It Be?

Last summer I had this itch to sew a “summery” outfit for myself. Something comfortable and easy to sew a plus.  When I ran across this pattern at the local craft store, I knew this was the one to try.  It had a cute top with several variations and leggings that looked simple.

NewlookOne year later……. Still in the package. Still waiting to be sewn.

Yesterday I pulled it out again an think I’m ready to give it a go.  I never sew for myself, so I’m a bit nervous to begin.  Mostly because I am 5’10” and I will have to alter the pattern both in the leg and the torso.  I guess it’s time to get the measuring tape, paper and husband ready to measure, right?

I am going to make “Top B” and “Pants E”.  It’s the cover picture.  The top I will need 60″ – 1 3/8″ fabric and 1 3/8″ for the leggings.  That’s easy enough – check.  I will need twill tape and elastic for the waist and bottom of leggings – have that – check.

Now I need your help.  It says I will need 3/4 yd. of lightweight fusible.  I think in purse interlinings, so what type of interfacing would you use for this?   The suggested fabrics are:  Jersey’s, Matte Jersey’s, Two Way Stretch, Novelty Knit.  I have sewn with knit a total of once and it was for a wrap.

For those of you clothing guru’s out there (tall or not!)  What fabric would you suggest I use for this?  Interfacing?

Any help or tips for sewing with knits or for tall ladies would be greatly appreciated 🙂 Cindy

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Comments

  1. I’m totally not an experienced clothing sewist at all, but after using knits a handful of times, I think it’s not nearly as hard as everyone makes it sound like it should be (my second ever sewing project was with a slippery spandex knit…it was hideous but only because I didn’t bother to press anything lol). Just get a ball point needle, use your walking foot and go slow 🙂 you’ll be totally fine! If I were making it, I would get a jersey or even an interlock if you want something heavier. I’m not sure about the interfacings though, but I have seen some knit typish stuff on the rack that seems to have some stretch to it? I’m sure you’ll breeze through it 😉 can’t wait to see how it turns out, it’s a super cute pattern!

  2. I think I’m going to try with a jersey knit as it seems more fitting for what I am making. The ladies at JoAnns were so helpful for once too! 🙂