Crazy for Jersey

That’s right – I’m crazy about sewing with jersey these days! Ever since my new book, “Sew U Home Stretch” arrived, all I’ve thought about is turning every bit of knit fabric I can get my hands on into shirts. And I’m having good success!

If you guessed “The Shirt” in my guessing game post, you guessed right. That little Raglan T-shirt for Jesse was the first shirt I made. I figured I’d start with something for him – less fabric and time commited if it didn’t work – but it did! And it went fast – I made his shirt in the morning, and one for myself in the afternoon. This here is my second shirt for myself – made from an old sheet, and proudly worn in public last night for the first time. 🙂
It reminds me of the North Shore Tee from DownEast, only I didn’t pay $16.99 for it – it was free – made from a thrifted sheet.

I am so excited that I can at last sew shirts for myself – nice, detailed, comfy, custom-fit t-shirts – and for less than you could get them at the thrift store (IF you could find what you want at the thrift store!) I got a full set of navy blue jersey sheets last week for $4 – I’ll be able to make 10 shirts out of them – or, how about a maxi dress? (they’re all the rage this year – tho’ I think the name is awful!)

If you have always wanted to maximize your serger, or even if you don’t have a serger but desire to explore the world of knit fabrics, Sew U Home Stretch is the book for you. It comes with patterns in an envelope at the back of the book, but t-shirts are really so simple, I just copied a favorite from my wardrobe to make the one above.

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8 responses to “Crazy for Jersey”

  1. Matt,Shell,and lil' Benjamin. Avatar

    That shirt looks great on you !! Good job ! I want one !!

  2. Rachel Avatar

    I do love the shirt too! It looks so comfy!

  3. Joanna Avatar

    Nice Shirt Trina! I love it!

  4. Serena Avatar

    Well, I must get this book now. I’ve been thinking about this a lot the past week–perfect timing!

    I love your shirt!

  5. Abbey Avatar

    That is wonderful Trina!!! Your shirt looks great!!!

  6. Trina Avatar

    April, once you get started with knits you’ll be amazed at how easy it is! I did just what you said – laid an existing shirt on my fabric and cut around, including a seam allowance. The great thing about knits is you don’t have all the fitting issues of wovens – no darts, few seams, and no zippers or buttons. It’s the easiest thing I’ve ever made – I am totally sold on it.

    Good luck on checking the book out from the library – my system didn’t have it, probably ’cause it contains actual tissue patterns?

  7. April Avatar

    When you copy a shirt you already have, how exactly do you do that? My sister and I were just commenting the other day (after yet another unsuccessful shopping trip!) how it would be nice to just make our own t-shirts (and maybe a knit dress or two!). Do you lay out the existing shirt on your fabric to use as a pattern, or do you use some kind of elaborate measuring system?

    Thanks for the heads-up on the book…I requested it from our library to test drive it!

  8. Jen Avatar

    Very nice! I am so afraid to sew with knits! These shirts are great!

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