The Jersey Top screams comfort; I had to make one! I chose a fun flamingo print cotton jersey from Doughty’s It has the perfect amount of stretch, and a good weight for the job.
I used an overlocker, but you can certainly make this on a standard sewing machine. Just use a stretch or zigzag stitch and ballpoint needle. There’s no hemming involved (it’s all bands), which is always a bonus!
A basic t-shirt is a great project to start you off on your jersey sewing journey. First off, cut your fabric pieces: a front, a back, two sleeves, a waistband, two cuffs, and a neckband.
Firstly you’ll sew the sleeves in place; match up the notches on the curves. Pin well, and gently sew in place. You won’t need to stretch the fabric.
Once the sleeves are in, you’ll be left with something like this. The sleeves join the front and back pieces together.
Next you sew the side seams; start at the end of the sleeve, match up your seam lines, and pin then sew all the way down to the hem. Repeat for the other side.
Now it’s time to sew in all the bands. They’re all done in the same way. Fold your strip of fabric right sides together, lengthways, and sew the short ends together. You’ll now have a band. Now fold this in half, wrong sides together, so raw edges are together.
For the neckband, the seam line will be the centre back point. Mark the centre front point by folding the band in half and marking with a pin. Do the same again to mark the points that are halfway between the centre front and centre back. Repeat this process with the top; find the centre back, centre front, and then the mid-way points between the centres – these will not necessarily be right in the middle of the sleeves.
If you look closely in the photo below, you’ll see I’ve colour coded the pins with the point they’ll match up to.
Now match up your pins! With right sides and raw edges together, pin the centre front of the neckband to the centre front of the top. The centre back of the neckband goes to the centre back of the top. And the sides are done in the same way.
You’ll have something that looks like this; much more fabric on the top than the band. That’s what you want.
Sew along the raw edge, starting at the centre back. Hold the next pinned place taught; you will stretch the band so that it fits flush against the top. But don’t stretch the top! When you reach that pin, stop and take it out, and hold on to the next pinned section. Gently pull that section of band taught again, and sew to the next pinned point. Repeat until you’ve gone all the way around!
Repeat this process for the cuffs and waistband. You can match the band seam lines up with the side seams. As the cuffs are smaller, you may find it’s fine to only mark two points rather than four.
Ta-dah, that’s it! I did alter my top slightly as I found the sleeves a bit baggy, and the neckband too large for my taste; I just sewed it down further.
It’s a very comfy top to wear! The hem band creates a kind of bubble-like effect; really cute! Give it a go. 🙂