Anyway, I really wanted to write about my latest sewing adventure. I bought a really nice jersey fabric for a summer dress. I have never sewn with knit fabrics and was a little apprehensive. To practice, I bought some cheap bright green light weight t-shirt jersey to have a go and maybe even end up with something wearable. I used a tried and trusted pattern,the Sailor Top by Fancy Tiger Crafts which I have used before here and here. The previous versions were made with cotton prints but I have seen jersey versions online and knew the pattern was suitable for this different fabric, too.
I think the cutting of the jersey fabric was the trickiest of all. It kept moving under my hands and I had to use all the pins I had to get the job done. I didn't enjoy this much.
Next I tried out the various stretch stitches on my sewing machine, using a piece of leftover fabric. I played with the tension and the pressure but ended up using the automatic setting because it worked just fine. The stitch I used looks a bit like a squashed zig zag stitch. I tried to use a twin needle but failed miserably. Maybe the fabric needs to be a little more weighty for twin needle sewing. At least I figured out how to use a twin needle for another day.
I used a lot of pins because the fabric was quite slippery. I did baste rather more than I would usually to for the same reason.
Because I am not sure if it is possible or useful even to understitch facings on jersey I didn't bother. I also didn't bother finishing the seams. I wasn't at that point sure if I was ever going to wear this t-shirt and I was eager to finish. I did however trim the seams neatly with my pinking shears. The result is quite pleasing actually and I may well adopt this 'technique' in future projects. Unfortunately I cut into the sleeve (after it was attached) and had to make another one....
The top has a gather all around. I googled some gathering techniques for jersey but in the end used the same method that I had used for the cotton versions. I stitched two parallel rows of the longest possible straight stitch inside the seam allowance and then pulled the thread to gather up the fabric. It was a bit of a faff but no more so than with the cotton fabric.
To sum my experience with jersey up: It is no more difficult to sew with than cotton fabric, just a bit different. The jersey I used was a bit slippery but not bad enough to annoy me. I am now looking forward to cutting into the nice dress jersey I bought. My friend Christine said it 'looked very me', which I take to be a compliment despite the psychedelic pattern... wait and see!
What have you been up to recently? Please do share. I am hoping to spend the evening reading blogs. Between all the holidaying and doing nothing much there seems to little time for this pleasure. Have a lovely day. Cxx