I have been procrastinating about sewing with stretch fabrics for some time now.
Yes, I have worked with stretch cotton; my pink top was a lovely success, but the fabric did not differ from cotton to work with.
Working with stretch fabrics had become somewhat of a monster in my brain and apparently for no reason as this weekend’s foray into jersey has proven.
It all started when I picked up this kiwi inspired printed jersey from a NEW SEWING SHOP(!!!!!!!!!!!) opened a few months ago in Wakefield. Our amazing new sewing shop Benjie Bee is more akin to a shop you read about, opening ‘down south’, not in West Yorkshire!
It sells different and interesting fabrics! There are even sewing classes! And they are held in evenings or weekends! You could knock me down with a feather.
On my first visit, I did not leave empty handed.
But, you know I love to make a toile. I had bought this a while back. 2m of cheap light weight jersey to basically have a play with, practice my stitching, gauge my tension, use my twin needle.
A cowl top had to be the way to start. I had seen a great many of these cowl neck tops on google and Pinterest. I had been especially drawn to the tops that Anne had made for her beautiful daughters on her blog the Compulsive Seamstress. Take a look at her blog; it is full of really flattering well fitted garments made for herself and her girls.
And sew (ha!), to the cowl neck top.
And in just 2 hours I had this!
In the absence of my daughter, my husband took these photos which is remarkable in itself!
A completely wearable toile.
I think I may become addicted to this pattern but I may size up for my intended kiwi fabric. It is slightly thicker and I do look a little ‘busty’ in the photos I haven’t shown you!
What do you think? Size up for a slightly thicker fabric and go more more ‘drape’ and less ‘cling’?
Love, Lucie xx