Posted on Friday the 9th October 2020 by Jessalli Handmade
How are you all? This month I’ve gone back to basics. I needed some more basic tees, not only for summer but to layer in the colder months too. I’ve made the mistake before of making staple items in cheap fabric, but as they are ‘staples’ I should be making them to last. So this month I’ve decided to choose some gorgeous fabric to make a simple t-shirt from.
The pattern I chose was the Tabitha Tee from Tilly and the Button’s ‘Make it Simple’ Book. It’s such a great, simple tee and I added the sleeve cuffs for an extra detail. Other than that I made no adjustments to the pattern, I cut the size it recommended for my body measurements and I’m happy with the fit. I’ve made so many Nora tops and tees (another Tilly pattern) but not enough non-boxy versions like this Tabitha Tee. I must make more of them as I really like the fit.
The fabric is very special. It’s a Tencel Blend Jersey by Meet MILK
. Tencel is a fabric made from dissolving wood pulp and then reconstituting it by dry jet-wet spinning. Its uses far less harmful chemicals in the making process and is biodegradable and compostable (without the elastane blend). The jersey is the softest jersey I’ve ever had. It washes really well and has a lovely soft drape. It’s a little slippery compared to cotton jersey, so I’d recommend it to those who are confident with sewing stretch fabrics.
So my summary; I’d definitely recommend making some staple pieces for your wardrobe with longevity and sustainability in mind. I think we get lost with all the inspiration and ideas, that sometimes we overlook the real reason why we make our own clothes. Handmade clothes should be well made, well-fitted to our body shapes and last much longer than mass produced items. Let’s strive to make our fabric choices more environmentally conscious.
I hope you like what I made this month. I’m keen to make more staple tops, so will definitely be purchasing more of this beautiful fabric. I’m so happy with it. Keep well, keep safe and keep sewing. Happy Handmade everyone!