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Tilly and The Buttons Jersey Top

Updated: Feb 9, 2022

When Tilly and the Buttons announced that they were releasing a line of cotton jersey fabrics with Craft Cotton Co, I was immediately looking forward to sewing with them. With 8 designs to choose from, they are a lovely quality organic jersey fabric perfect for sewing jersey tops. I love sewing with jersey so for me this was the perfect collaboration!

My first TATB jersey make is with the handprint design called 'Love your nails'. It's a really fun design, my favourite part is that the colours of the nails match the colour schemes of the other fabrics! I don't tend to sew with designs like this one but it was nice to make something a bit different. Because the print is the main feature of this design I like that it has a simple black background so it isn't too overpowering.

I kept the design of this top really simple to show off the fabric. Something with lots of seams in would have broken up the print too much so this is a basic long-sleeved t-shirt. This means the fabric is very much the main aspect of the top. One thing to note is to be careful with pattern placement with a print like this! It's something to consider and just spending a few extra minutes thinking about it will be worth it when you come to wearing the top. I really like how I've placed the hands on mine and like I said the simple shape really shows off the fabric design.

Because the top is so simple I did want to add something a bit more interesting to the hem. A lettuce hem is my favourite finish for jersey tops and worked really well on this one. The only thing that annoys me is that the wrong side of this fabric is white and this does show slightly with the lettuce hem. It's not really a big problem but it is something to bear in mind. 

I've been toying with the idea of a lettuce neckline for a while and this top seemed like the right opportunity to try it out. I did a fairly high almost slash-neckline and then added a lettuce hem to it. However, there was too much white showing in the end so I decided to iron out the ruffles to make them a bit less prominent at the neck. It means that there isn't much ruffle in the end though, so I'd like to try a lettuce hem neckline again with a different fabric.

This top was a really fun and simple make. It's not the kind of fabric that I would usually sew with but I really like it. I'm looking forward to making some more things out of the TATB jerseys, they're a really lovely line of fabrics.

By Anna for The Craft Cotton Company 2020

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