Simple Sew Jersey Top take 2

Hi everyone! I’m back with a very straightforward make, the Jersey Top. The pattern comes with two variations – a woven cross-over back blouse (view A), and a raglan jersey top (view B). You can get the pattern here.


I went for view B and this is the second time I’ve made this pattern. I’m still getting lots of wear out of my first version (here) and it was the very first project I sewed up on my overlocker. Unfortunately my overlocker is not playing ball at the moment (again) so this top was sewed up on my sewing machine instead.

Now I very much like getting my money’s worth out of fabric, so I went for some scraps of jersey from Girl Charlee (a plain green jersey and a green and white chevron jersey) that was left over from other projects. The quality of it is great and my sewing machine sewed it up beautifully (my sewing machine usually chews up knits and spits them out!).

If you have an overlocker I would really recommend using one. It is so much quicker! Plus, you can do the whole project on it without touching the sewing machine at all.  However, if you can’t use an overlocker (like me) then a walking foot would be very helpful.  There is no hemming with this project. The bottom, neck and sleeves are all finished with a band. I used the quartering method to insert the neck, sleeve and bottom bands. Here’s how I did it:

  1. First sew up the short sides of the band right sides together (see photo below). Use a zig-zag or lightning bolt stitch. I’ve used white thread for contrast in the photos. That is actually a lie. I used white thread because I couldn’t be bothered to change to green! jersey top
  2. Then fold the band in half, wrong sides together and press. Put a pin in the seam at one side and place another pin at the other side as shown below.jersey top 2
  3. Bring the pins together in the middle and then place two more pins at either end of the band. You’ve now split your band into quarters which will make it much easier to attach them to your top evenly.Jersey top 3
  4. You now need to quarter up the neck, sleeve and bottom in the same way.  This is the sleeve you’re seeing below. See the pins quartering up the opening? You now need to match up the pins on the opening to the pins on the band, raw edges together.jersey top 5
  5. You’ll notice that the band does not fit. Don’t worry, it’s not supposed to! You have to stretch the band to fit the opening. Whilst you’re sewing, gently stretch the band, taking care not to stretch the opening, and sew!                                        jersey top 4


And voila! Here I am out and about in Scarborough with local landmark Freddy. Yes it is February and yes I am cold! I’m really looking forward to the spring when I can wear it properly without my new top being hidden under lots of layers! This fabric is supposed to be seen!

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Trying to match chevrons is a different thing to matching up stripes – very difficult! From the photos it looks like I did a reasonable job of it but the photos are being kind. They don’t quite match up along the side seams but it’s good enough for me!

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So, another everyday t-shirt to add to my collection. This will get so much wear because I’m all about the separates and you just can’t go wrong with jersey tops can you?


Simple Sew Stylish Shell Top

Hello everyone! This month’s project is a nice, easy one and it’s perfect for using up fabric leftovers! I was so pleased that I managed to get the Stylish Shell Top out of my fabric remains!

The fabric is a reversible fabric that was bought at Lucky Fashions in Dewsbury. I did buy it with a plan, which was fulfilled (read about it in this post), but I still had a fair chunk left over. This was over two years ago now and it feels good to get rid of it from my stash for good! Continue reading

Simple Sew Blogger’s Meetup

A year ago today (12th November 2016) I went on a Simple Sew bloggers meet up. The following blog post has been in draft form for nearly that long but for some reason, which I forget, I never published it! I have not changed any of the writing to make it more current but I thought you may be interested to see what went on and who I met up with! Not to mention the hilarious, professional photographs that were taken! Continue reading

Simple Sew Sophia Skirt (and top)!

If you’re in the UK you must have heard about the dressmakers ball. When this was first announced I looked into getting a ticket to go. And then my husband ruined everything by pointing out that it’s at 7.00pm on a Friday night in Leicester which is a bugger to get to on the train from Scarborough. Even if I left work the instant I finished I would be very late and stressed.  I’ve decided to be jealous of everyone who is going and just hope that they do it again next year (on a Saturday please so us workers from far away can go!). Continue reading

Simple Sew Anneka Tunic

Hi everyone! I’m here to show you my March make (I know, I know) for Simple Sew! It’s the Anneka Tunic which you can get here.  One of the reasons why I’m so late in posting is because I did manage to make a right meal of it.  I want to reassure you though that this is an incredibly simple pattern that is perfect for beginners.  I just got a bit blasé and overconfident with it because it really is so simple!  I’ll explain later…. Continue reading