The Sewing with Knits Journey
Posted on Sunday the 25th November 2018 by Tip Top Sewing
The T-shirt is a great piece of wardrobe to start discovering the sewing with knits journey. And to have some quick selfless sewing projects.
I was going to sew my husband a nice casual T-shirt for quite a while. I was looking for fun prints but unfortunately never had any success with picking appropriate ones. It seems like most prints are too childish or feminine. Not good for a serious man… So I went the safe way with plain fabric.
The Jersey Fabric
I picked is perfect for a T-shirt. It’s not see-through, but at the same time, it’s not too thick. And it’s very soft and comfortable, which makes it absolutely great. Even though it’s a single jersey fabric, I had no problems using it for the neckline band.
The pattern I used is Simplicity 1286. I was thinking of getting a T-shirt one first but then skipped this idea. I love versatile multi-purpose patterns and since I already had Simplicity 1286 in my stash, I decided to avoid a new introduction to an already big pattern collection. All I had to do was to omit the placket slit and redesign the neckline and shoulders. I used a RTW T-shirt that fits nicely to get the idea of how exactly to alter my pattern. It’s an extremely easy hack that doesn’t require any complicated pattern drafting skills or experience. I also adjusted the sleeve and body lengths.
The real game-changer was the silicone tape Vilene Framilastic
. It’s an essential tool for working with jersey since it’s way too frustrating to sew something that fits perfectly…until seams stretch out. In this case I had to stabilize only the shoulders and neckline. I used Hemline clear tape before and it was a big disaster. It was sticking to the machine feet, breaking, breaking the thread, etc. I decided to experiment this time and use Vilene one. And it was like I’ve never had any bad experiences with the clear tape before! It felt like I don’t use any clear tape at all and have a regular smooth sewing experience. Such a perfect feeling I must say!
I used a lot of tips form A Beginner's Guide to Sewing with Knitted Fabrics by Wendy Ward. For example, that’s where I found the perfect formula for the neckband, along with some stitches suggestions. After reading this book I hem my jersey projects with a triple zig-zag stitch and I absolutely love it.
I loved working on this T-shirt and I’m sure I’ll sew some more, maybe in some appropriate prints if I ever pick one. I can highly recommend this pattern if you don’t mind changing and altering them. Overall, the T-shirt is a great project for when you’re too busy to sew something complicated, but still wish to create something wearable and simple.