After a break from sewing due to holidays my first make was a simple jersey top. One of my pyjama tops had worn into holes and it was time for the bin. I used the Sewaholic Renfrew pattern with a few adjustments and added a lace trim to the neck and sleeves.
I shortened the sleeves and took off the hem band. The first Renfrew I made was quite long on me so the original pattern without the band was long enough for a this top.
It’s been a bit hit and miss with my twin needle hem stitching so after the success of the hem on the Lady Skater dress I tried another of the stretch stitch options on the machine and liked the result.
I attached the stretch lace trim with a small zig zag stitch.
I did have one c*ck up. I managed to sew the left sleeve wrong side to right side. After doing this on the shoulder seam of the Skater dress I was taking extra care….. But I hadn’t noticed when pinning, machining tacking or sewing with stretch stitch. It was only at the end of zig zagging the seam allowances when I noticed. There was no way the stretch stitch was going to be unpicked and if it wasn’t noticeable when I was making up it wasn’t going to be noticeable wearing in bed, I think the marl effect helps, so I left it as it was.
The fabric is 100% cotton single jersey from My Fabrics.co.uk. £7.25 per metre. Well it was when I bought it but now it is £4.90 reduced from £11.50 (?) I’m really pleased with the quality of this jersey. I much prefer it over the cotton single jersey I used for making up the Kimono tees early this year. I’ve been disappointed with both colours of the printed polka dot jersey from My Fabrics as they’ve faded really quickly but they have redeemed themselves with this.
The stretch lace was from eBay. I just scrolled through the listings to find something of right width and I chose a darker grey as it wouldn’t have been easy to find a perfect match to the fabric on-line.
I stitched up with clear elastic tape in the shoulder seams and using the triple stretch stitch with a ball point needle. The seams allowances are finished with a zig zag stitch.
I took the overlocker into Bambers be fixed and I’m hoping to be able to pick it up next weekend. I’m quite excited about getting it back as I can see how much faster sewing up knits will be 🙂