My sewing journey is still in its early days and I am enjoying experimenting with different makes. Last month I went to Tilly and the Buttons studio for a t-shirt workshop. It was a great experience as I haven’t sewn with jersey before this. From the workshop, I learned the skills to feel confident sewing jersey at home. In this blog post, I talk about my experience making a Handmade Tabitha t-shirt.
Handmade Tabitha T-Shirt
Learning how to sew jersey was a lot easier than I imagined it would be. It’s as simple as sewing in a straight line, but just change the stitch to a zigzag. Tilly’s new book Make It Simple, explains each step in nice bite-size chunks. Thankfully after going to the t-shirt workshop and being shown how to make it, everything clicked. I don’t know why I was so afraid to sew jersey in the first place. My tip for anyone feeling the same would be to buy some test jersey first, so you don’t have the worry of damaging the expensive fabric. Also, jersey doesn’t fray so if you make a mistake you can unpick and re-sew it.
I made this version in a dainty floral print fabric that I got given when I worked at JoJo Maman Bebe. It was an offcut from the production team that I picked up in a fabric clear out. I’ve been holding onto it for a few years and after finally getting the confidence I knew I had to make another Tabitha t-shirt. I chose a bright yellow ribbing fabric from myfabric.co.uk to give it unique and fun detailing.