Wardrobe Staple - Briar Tees
Posted on Friday the 8th June 2018 by Jessalli Handmade
So this month I’ve gone back to filling up my handmade wardrobe with staple pieces I will always wear. I reached for a pattern that I’ve had for a while, and loved the style of. It’s the Megan Nielsen Briar Tee
. I made a couple of variations back when I first started dressmaking. I loved the versatility of the customisable styles and knew I’d wear some plain versions an awful lot.
I wanted some plain, monochrome fabrics. So I chose this gorgeous Plain White Textured Stretch Jersey Knit Dress Fabric and this Rib Stretch Jersey Fabric
in Silver Grey. Both fabrics are great for classic t-shirts. The rib knit is so soft, it’s probably my favourite jersey fabric to date. The only problem is it’s super silky and a little tricky to sew. Because of this my seams and topstitching weren’t the neatest, even with ball point needles and stretch machine foot. My pocket didn’t look great, but I still like it. Any extra tips on sewing these types of jersey are most welcome. I wonder whether a sharps needle would have been better?
The white jersey however was super easy to sew. It’s a little thicker than the rib knit, which is great when it’s white - not see through. In these pictures I’m actually wearing a black bra, just for your reference. It’s so soft on the underside so it’s a dream to wear. I really like the textured outer surface, it gives a little more interest to a plain white tee. I made the cropped curved hem version in the white and I’m so happy with it.
The grey ribbed version is a curved up hem on the front and a curve down at the back. It’s actually a lot longer than I envisaged, but looks great with leggings. I just can’t get over how soft and silky this fabric is on my skin, it makes me forget all about my sewing troubles, it was definitely worth all the aggravation. I have enough fabric left to make a sleeves top too, so I’m looking forward to having another item made in this super soft fabric.
I honestly think that I’m reaching a change in my handmade wardrobe now and just need to start replacing some old RTW favourites with handmade versions. Having handmade t-shirts in easy to wear, comfortable fabrics has been a turning point for me and I am desperate to make more.
We are definitely in the full swing of summer now and I have so many plans for makes coming up. I hope you like what I’ve made and I look forward to sharing my next project with you all.
Happy Handmade everyone!