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Sleeveless T shirt

I did say to watch this space when I finished my last Moneta and raglan sleeved T-shirt from sparkly jersey, as I felt there was more on the way – and here they are….

I managed to get more of the fabric from Barrys, even though I bought the original on Leeds market, with the intention of making the cardigan, which is made exactly the same as a black one, which I have worn so much over the winter. This is a shortened version of B6258, which is fast becoming my go- to pattern for jersey fabric. With the exception of twin needle finishing, it was all done on the overlocker. It’s my ‘walkaway cardie’ – made in a morning, ready to wear in the afternoon!

Scared of under-estimating the fabric requirement, given that I am shortening the pattern, I over purchased and then had just over a metre left. I really don’t need any more jersey skirts, so I embarked on a sleeveless top. However simple it may look, it involved nearly every type of sewing…. This is from McCalls 6355, which I bought way back when I bought my sewing machine, thinking that it would be a useful pattern.

I have made the long sleeved top twice; once from woven fabric, which has now gone to the charity shop, and once from fabric with a very slight stretch, which I wear quite a lot with a matching skirt, for work.

I did not have enough fabric to make the facings, which are of course, cut on the bias, but I found stretch lycra bias binding at MinervaCrafts. For whatever reason I ordered ‘gold’, when probably I should have ordered ‘copper’, BUT, the gold quite closely matches my skin colour, making the brown top stand out quite well So I am quite pleased with my mistake.

So, the sewing techniques required:

  1. Machine stretch stitch to make the darts and attach the bias binding (after tacking in place) ; the pattern markings transferred to the binding were really good.
  2. I stabilised the shoulder seams and stitched the shoulders and side seams on the over-locker.
  3. Hand stitched the bias binding to the wrong side of each opening
  4. Twin needled the bottom

That’s it for now with sparkly jersey….. I need to get some wear out of this little lot before I make any more similar items.



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This entry was posted on March 20, 2016 by in Butterick, Cardigan, Fashion, Handmade, McCalls, Moneta, Sewing, T-shirt, Tops and tagged , , , , , , , , .
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