I have a confession to make – I’ve always been terrified of sewing with jersey! I mean, people throw around phrases like ‘negative ease. How was I supposed to know what that kind of stuff meant? A while back, I did make a Simple Sew Brigitte dress from jersey, but it was very thick with very little stretch and I didn’t have to worry about fitting. Since then, I have avoided jersey fabrics, despite rather liking them. However, a couple of months ago, I won two metres of fabric from Girl Charlee in a giveaway over at So, Zo, and I thought the best way to show my appreciation was to just take the plunge and make something with my spoils.
I decided on the Tilly and the Buttons Agnes Top because I thought it would suit the fabric (Got Dog Almond Blue), and because I thought it was quite a versatile top that would match a lot of my clothes. I made the long-sleeved, plain version because I thought it would suit me best.
It turns out I was worrying for no good reason! It was nowhere near as challenging as I had expected. It was harder to cut and the raw edges curved a little, but not so much that it was horribly distressing. I found the neckline part a tad confusing – in fact, I did that bit wrong, but I managed to improvise and it all came together alright. And I now understand what negative ease is. Kind of. One thing I loved about it was not needing to finish the raw edges. Major bonus! It knock so much time off your sewing.
I sewed the entire top on my regular sewing machine, but I’ll definitely make more (because I love it!) and I’ll pluck up the bravery to have a go at making one on my overlocker. You know, when I’m less terrified of it!
I’d like to say a massive thank you to Zoe and Girl Charlee for holding the giveaway. I’m chuffed to bits with my fabric. It’s so soft and I love the pattern. The great news is I have loads left over, so I’ll get at least one other garment out of it.
Most importantly, I’m no longer scared of jersey! 🙂 I’ve had Tilly’s Coco pattern (and the fabric intended for it) stashed away for ages because I like it so much and don’t want to ruin it. Now I can finally make it. 😀