I’ve had lots of questions about whether or not you can make the Farrah pattern in knit fabric. The answer is YES, absolutely! I made View A back in April before I headed out for SNAP Conference but I’m just now getting around to getting a few photos for you. Emily of Enjoyful Makes sewed up View B with sleeves. I was obsessed with her version so I asked if she wouldn’t mind sharing the details with you. I’m pretty lucky she’s also part of the Chalk and Notch Team. Today we are both here to tell you what modifications we made to our knit Farrahs. Em is up first, enjoy!
Hello, my lovely C&N friends! I’m excited to be here with Gabriela sharing our knit Farrahs. I was so sad during the testing of this pattern that I couldn’t join in the fun. I was very pregnant and was at the point that making something that fit my pregnant body would be silly. So I just sat back and oohed and aahed over all the beautiful blouses and dresses being created. During that time, I couldn’t get out of my head how cute the Farrah would be as a casual knit tee with sleeves. Then once the Farrah tour was in full swing, I was totally inspired to get to work and make my vision. This hack ended up being super-duper easy. Here’s what I did.
Sizing: I sized down. My measurements were a blend between the size 12 and 14 so I made a straight size 10 and it was the perfect fit for what I was going for.
Fabric: Rayon Spandex
Changes & Construction:
1. I extended the shoulder seams out a ½” (since I was adding a sleeve). Then just slowly tapered it back down to the regular arm hole.
2. I removed the side split and high low hem (though that detail would be super cute to leave in too) to make the side seams straight down.
3. Only cut one of each yoke (no facings- no interfacing).
4. I ended up just using an existing sleeve from one of my favorite relaxed knit tee patterns, the Basic Tee by Seamly from IndieSew. The size Large fit my size 10 perfectly.
From there I basically followed the instructions in the pattern except:
1. I didn’t hem the ruffle. I wanted it to flow nicely and I felt a hem would take that away.
2. Skipped the yoke facing instructions.
3. After inserting the gusset, I attached my sleeves in the round.
4. Added a knit binding to the neckline.
5. Hemmed with a coverstitch.
That’s it. So easy. I have plans to try a View A tee as well. I also want to copy Gabriela’s gorgeous dress version too! If you have any questions you can find me at enjoyful_makes on Instagram. Thanks for having me, G!
Emily’s version is perfection! I can totally see it working for the fall as a great layering piece. It’s really cool and casual all at the same time. Emily is the queen of hacks and every time I see one of her modifications I’m wondering why the heck I didn’t think of it! She’s super funny and the sweetest person; make sure you are following her on Instagram for loads of inspiration. OK – now I’m up.
Sizing: Just like Emily, I decided to size down one size. All knits will react differently so I still recommend making a muslin or test garment first using a similar fabric. I also removed 1.5″ from the length because I am 5′ 1″; this is the same length adjustment I make for the woven version.
Fabric: I used a cotton spandex knit. Fabric is by Wee Gallery for Dear Stella Knits Collection purchased from Rasberry Creek Fabrics. Cotton spandex has enough structure to still maintain a similar shape. I think French Terry would be similar.
Changes & Construction:
1. This is the only pattern change I made: I removed the front yoke seam. To do this, make a line at the sew seam (3/8″ in from the cut edge) and overlap the front yoke and front pattern pieces at that sew line. Tape together.
2. I omitted the front and back yoke facings.
3. Cut pieces: Front (1 on fold), Back Yoke (1 on fold), Back Bodice (1 on fold), Gusset (2) and Sleeve Ruffles (2).
4. To finish the back yoke seam, I overlocked the back yoke seam to finish.
5. Since I removed the front and back facing I needed to finish the neckline. I used a woven rayon, cut on the bias. I used the same construction as the gusset/armhole to finish the neck. I didn’t want a rib binding, but that is an option to finish the neckline as well.
6. For the ruffles, I overlocked the edge and just folded up 1/4″ and topstitched. I kind of wish I did a double hem. You could also leave your ruffles unhemmed.
The rest of the construction was the same as sewing the woven version. I found this to be a faster sew and super comfortable to wear! I recently wore it again while I was away celebrating my wedding anniversary, pictured here paired with my Brenna Coat from Cali Faye Collection.
Thanks so much for checking out this fun joint post with one of my favorite ladies. If you have any other questions, please feel free to comment below. We also have a fun Facebook Group where you can always get support for any of the Chalk and Notch patterns. Come join us there too!
Gabriela & Emily