After a whole month and a half of waiting, the jersey we ordered on our little trip to Germany has finally arrived and we are giddy with joy! It seems like much longer ago than that that we were heading off out to snowy Nordhorn across the flat landscape of Holland, to pick out our favourite gems from the Swafing factory – but now it’s here and we can finally start to think about all the lovely things we can make with it. (Not just pyjamas, although that would obviously be a good place to start …)
Take a look at these delicious stripes! Candy cane pink, purple and beige tiny ones, chunky red and green paired with white, and a gorgeous multi version which just whips me straight back to the eighties and reminds me of crop topped roller skaters. Despite not being a crop top wearer I can promise you that I will be making myself a very funky retro styled t shirt with that number any day now.
Funky nautical anchors, cute and funny little monsters, knights on horseback and spring themed birds are all destined to make fantastic stuff for kids, and any grownups who love a good printed fabric.
And of course, what better shapes could there be to inspire you to make those mythical pyjamas I’ve been whittering about since February? Sleepy stars and dreamy clouds of course. It’s enough to make me want to whip up some right now simply so I can go back to bed. Which ones are floating your boat? We’d love to know.
Since the jersey arrived in the shop at the end of last week, we’ve had plenty of compliments on them from admiring customers. But we’ve also had a lot of little worried faces look at us when we’ve told them that these gorgeous prints are jersey. “Isn’t sewing with jersey really tricky?” those worried faces have been saying, and “Don’t you need to have an overlocker?” Well, quite frankly no, it doesn’t have to be any trickier than sewing with more complicated patterns with flat cottons and you definitely don’t need to have an overlocker. It all depends on what you’re planning on making.
The one fantastic benefit of stretch materials is just that – they stretch. So you have very little need for darts and inserts – the material simply gives and takes at the right points to fit your form. Plus, it doesn’t fray, so you don’t have to spend ages finishing seams – hurray! It does take a bit of getting used to if you’ve never sewn anything with stretch in it before, but there are plenty of helpful guidelines out there to show you the way. For example, if you head over to Tilly and the Buttons’ blog, you can read all about her advice to sewers using standard machines for sewing with knitted fabrics, which will ease your mind no end. And if you’re really scared of taking the plunge with the brand new lovelies from Swafing, you can always buy yourself a small amount of our bog standard purple jersey, which at the bargain price of £4.00 a metre, gives you plenty of material to play about with and get used to. Plus, soon we’ll be running some dedicated jersey classes – so keep your eyes peeled for those in the coming months.