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Jumping Straight In to the Frankie Baseball T-Shirt

Hi everyone. Becky here from Notes from the Sewing Room.

This month I was asked to review this light-weight Jersey Fabric from Minerva.

I really enjoy having the opportunity to try out different fabrics and often spend a while dreaming about what I could make with the materials that arrive at my door.

This time though, I decided to jump straight in and make a top from the Tilly and the buttons Stretch! Book.

What Did I Make?

I used the fabric I was sent to make a Frankie Baseball T-Shirt. The top has a bit of a weekend vibe about it as the raglan sleeves give it a casual feel.

The top is loose in its design, although thankfully it is not really big as I prefer styles that are a bit more fitted.

The Fabric

The fabric is a plum colour and has leaves and flowers printed on it. It is really light weight so is probably best suited to top projects as it is slightly see through.

The surface of the fabric has an unusual texture, with little tiny lines running across the full width of the material.

On the inside, the fabric is white so it is really easy to see which side is the right and wrong sides to use (unlike some plain fabrics I’ve used before).

The jersey feels very soft to touch although I think it could be easily tugged if you were to catch it on a sharp piece of jewellery for example (does this happen to anyone else or is it just me!?).

The fabric is really wide at 62.4 inches so it may be possible to buy slightly less fabric than is noted on your pattern if you cut creatively.

My Top

I love Tilly and the Buttons patterns, so was delighted when a friend bought me the Stretch! book for my birthday last year.

I have made the Bibi pencil skirt and used the Joni pattern to make a skirt previously, so I was eager to try out the Frankie pattern too.

It is really easy to make as the instructions are written in plain English that makes them easy to follow. The pattern only includes four pieces so it is a quick make.

The top has a round neckline (I lowered this slightly) and a curved hem, its simple but really cute.

I made the top in just a few hours (in between a few other ‘house’ related tasks) so it was great that I didn’t need to concentrate too much.

Although the pattern is designed to be casual, I believe my top could be worn into the office tucked in to a pencil skirt as the fabric looks quite smart (I may even do this tomorrow).

I made most of my project on my overlocker, just popping on to my sewing machine to hem my top. I finished the sleeves and bottom hem with a twin needle as I think this gives it a professional look, even though it is homemade.

You could easily make the full project on the sewing machine using a stretch-friendly stitch, I tend to mix and match what I use when making jersey projects.

Did I Enjoy This Project?

Yes, it was great fun. Not only was it quick to come together but it is also really wearable. I’m planning to wear my top with jeans and tucked in to a skirt and I am already considering what fabric to use for my next Frankie T Shirt.

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Hope you enjoyed my review. 

Until next time, happy sewing.  

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