Pink and Flowers? – Jersey Knit Top

Since i have used almost all my jersey knit, i grabbed the last piece of it: the pink one. I ended sewing this fresh jersey knit top with flower adornments.

A few weeks back I showed you a top I sewed with some old gray jersey knit I had for a long time. As it turns out I liked it so much that I wanted to make another similar top.

Since I have used almost all my jersey knit, I grabbed the last piece of it: the pink one. I ended sewing this fresh jersey knit top with flower adornments.

I am not a big fan of pink, but I have to say that this top is so sweet and comfy that I would love it as much if it were chartreuse (probably the ugliest color in the world).

I made a couple of changes, compared to the other top.

Since i have used almost all my jersey knit, i grabbed the last piece of it: the pink one. I ended sewing this fresh jersey knit top with flower adornments.

One of the changes is the band under the bust I added, this is because stretchy jersey knit is notoriously difficult to sew, since I cut the band with the knit in the opposite direction as the rest of the top, it serves as an elastic piece, it gives the top a nice flare under the bust.

Another change is that the shoulder width is bigger, it looks  a little strange on Bertha, but as the fabric stretches a lot it gives the illusion of a tiny capped sleeve on somebody with arms (such as myself).

I reused the flower idea from the previous top, this time I added two instead, and I stitched a circle in the center (as opposed to beads) to attach them to the top. The flowers are just 3 simple concentric circles of fabric stitched together. I am liking this look a lot on stretchy tops, I will probably try it again on another one.

Since i have used almost all my jersey knit, i grabbed the last piece of it: the pink one. I ended sewing this fresh jersey knit top with flower adornments.

I made a couple of other tops when I sewed this one, I will show you those some other time. I love cotton jersey, it is perfect for where I live, it is comfy, soft and fresh, but it is not without problems when sewing.

So, to you sewists (sewers, seamstresses, people who sew) out there, have you sewed stretchy fabrics, jersey knits? Did you find it too difficult (this is where my little serger shines).

Aunt Clara

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7 Comments

  1. Lana Mango says:

    The form is store-bought, but it came with a horrible grey flannel cover that I hate. You can see how I made the cover here, and the new (turquoise) cover here.

  2. What sweet top. And I love form itself with the beautiful fabric. Did you DIY the form or did it come like that?

  3. Alisi's Mummy says:

    Love the drape below the bust on this one. Very pretty.My first sewing lessons were with knits so I thought the wibbly wobbliness was normal. I sewed all sorts of stretchy things as a teenager. Haven't done any in a while though. What's easy about knits is the no-fray aspect.

  4. Lana Mango says:

    Rant on!

    Stretchy fabrics were my bane until I bought my serger. It is still harder to sew than non-stretch fabrics, but the serger is the only thing that makes this possible. If you have a sewing machine with multiple stitches, check the manual, there are some stitches that are better on stretchy fabric than others. Another trick is to use the smallest stitch possible, this prevent the thread from snapping when you stretch the fabric but the thread doesn't.

  5. Miss Val's Creations says:

    I love how the top came out! The flowers are so pretty! I wish I had the patience to sew. 🙂

  6. Little Treasures says:

    Silly me! In all the tirade I forgot to praise your work and say I love your new top and that is one great idea with the band under your bust!

  7. Little Treasures says:

    I hate sewing jersey / stretchy fabrics as much as I love wearing them (what a statement, – ha!). While sewing they wriggle in all possible directions,the fabric gets tangled around the foot, then you get sloppy stitches, one part seems slightly bigger than the other one, it gets easily ripped off and holes appear, seemingly out of nowhere… should I add more! A true nightmare!The pros – that is if you succeed in making something you would dare to wear out in the open is that you get a figure caressing piece (if you are into such), such garments fit smoothly, drape excellently and if you decide making ruffles with such fabric- well, it's pure heaven! Well, Lana Mango I got a little carried away with this, but your question really tickled me! The joys of being a seamstress!!

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