- Oct 30, 2009
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I did a lot of sewing in the '60s and '70s, thus my comments above. I taught myself how to sew knits. Yes, there were patterns for knits. Sewing knits became popular in the early 70's. You had to have a sewing machine that would sew zigzags, and most sewing machines out there did not.
Even if you were used to sewing knits, the round yoke and the stitched-in V at the neckline on that top would be tricky: there's no pucker, and the yoke edging would be on the bias. And if the inset piece isn't a knit, you're working with a knit seamed with a non-knit. Yowza! And if the green stuff is a knit, then the appliqué is a knit, too?
If there is consensus that the top is homemade, I would try Butterick.
Singer made an attachment that would adapt a straight-stitch machine for knit stitching. It grabbed the material and moved it back and forth under the needle and produced pretty good results.
People used tricks like iron-on interfacing, bias tape for the seams, etc. Also, many knit fabrics had factory backings, often foam, to stabilize the material.
It still wasn't easy, but if you were experienced and patient, like my mother, you could turn out some very nice results.