Hello and Happy New Year! I hope 2016 is treating you well so far. I have a bit of a backlog of sewing projects to share with you, starting with a foxy Coco T-shirt.
Way back at the end of the summer, Girl Charlee contacted me to ask if I would like to try some of their jersey fabric. Having browsed their fantastic selection of jersey prints, the answer was of course yes. I chose a lovely fox print with a fun T-shirt in mind.
You may have seen that in some of my previous makes I have dabbled with jersey (most successfully with the Coco dress), but I struggle a bit with quality. I have had some bad experiences with some very cheap, but ultimately dissapointing, jersey before and therefore I was a little bit dubious about ordering jersey online without first being able to assess the quality. However, I needn’t have worried. This jersey is beautifully soft, and a dream to work with an wear.
To show off this print, I wanted a simple T-shirt but I didn’t want to have to fiddle around with any fitting issues. So to the trusty Coco from Tilly and The Buttons I went. I have made two Coco dresses before, but this was my first time with the T-shirt.
I wanted a loose slouchy style so I cut a size up from usual and I also added two inches to the length, which is a standard adjustment for me. As usual with this pattern, construction was straightforward and this was a pretty quick make.
My only other alteration was the sleeves, instead of following the pattern, I sewed the cuffs using my favourite attachment style, originally taken from SImplicity 1652. This gives an attractive and neat finish with no visible seams inside or out, although I must confess that I forget how it is done every time and therefore it always involves a bit of head-scratching! Sorry, I realise this is not particularly helpful. If anyone is interested in a tutorial let me know – this might be beneficial to do anyway if only for me!!
I finished this top back in September (the sun shine is a giveaway!) but the pictures have sat on my camera until now. I love this top and have worn it on regular rotation ever since – I can testify the jersey washes well!
I forsee many more Coco T-shirts in my future, this is fast becoming my go-to jersey pattern. I could do with expanding my repotoire though – what’s your favourite jersey pattern?
Disclaimer: Girl Charlee provided me with this fabric for free in exchange for a review, but all views are my own.