Fearless Cut ‘n Sew

fearless_cut_n_sewDo you remember the first time you cut into something you knit?  That moment of panic?

Watch as clothing designer Peggy Sagers of Silhouette patterns re-fashions a ready to wear sweater with cut ‘n sew.

Not only does she chop off the sleeves of this expensive sweater, she adds french darts as well.  The before and after photos are amazing!

You will be inspired.


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One thought on “Fearless Cut ‘n Sew

  1. Sharron Woodward

    November 10, 2016 at 5:54am

    This video has filled me with ideas. I can’t wait to give it a try. Thanks, Sharron

  2. Florence Levy

    November 10, 2016 at 6:46am

    Truly inspirational. I have a couple of ill-fitting sweaters I can’t wait to cut into!

  3. Mariah Brown

    November 10, 2016 at 8:42am

    This is a terrific video. However I would love to know how you did the patterns paper.

  4. Author

    Knit it Now

    November 10, 2016 at 8:47am

    Hi Mariah!
    Peggy is a sewing pattern designer. She used one of her basic patterns to re-fashion the ready-to-wear sweater. Not only is her line of sewing patterns terrific, she conducts and records sewing webinars that often discuss fit. Her common sense approach to fit can easily be applied to our knitting. Check it out at http://www.silhouettepatterns.com/

  5. Linda in TX

    November 14, 2016 at 7:37pm

    WOW! I caught myself gritting my teeth, grimacing, and trying to keep my mouth shut, through this. AWESOME! I’ve never seen cut & sew, where you didn’t stitch around the cut. Is it because the knit has been commercially processed, that it didn’t just totally unravel…my personal C&S nightmare? Thanks for sharing. I’m going shopping for “fabric”.

  6. Author

    Knit it Now

    November 17, 2016 at 8:37am

    Ann, Thanks for sharing! So glad to have inspired you!

  7. Connie

    March 11, 2017 at 6:47pm

    That was absolutely amazing!!! LOVE IT…..when I went on the website silhouette patterns…..where would I find the basic sweater pattern that Peggy used? I couldn’t find it on the website.
    Thank you so much for this tutorial very inspiring and exciting!!!

  8. Author

    Knit it Now

    March 14, 2017 at 7:30am

    Peggy of Silhouette pattern is a sewing pattern designer (and an excellent teacher)
    the pattern she used is one of hers, most likely from her sweater set
    She uses this pattern as a base for most of her garments sewn with knits.

  9. Hanne

    January 16, 2018 at 7:41am

    Peggy is a great sewing pattern designer. The sweater fits her perfectly and looks so professional I’ve tried this but my back piece is always 2-3 inches longer because of the darts. How does she get rid of this? I always have to make the sweater shorter in the back. It would be great if it was not necessary

  10. Author

    Knit it Now

    January 16, 2018 at 8:07am

    Isn’t Peggy great? Because of the darts, you will always have to shorten the back. Bottom line . . . your back side seam should be the FINISHED length of the front side seam (after the dart is sewn)

  11. Hanne

    January 17, 2018 at 3:52pm

    Yes, that’s what I’ve done, but Peggy kept the beautiful bottom edges.
    And it looks so beautiful.

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