So in my last post, I was talking about the Julia cardigan I had made. Hiding under the cardigan was a much more recent finish!
The Bronte top was in the same Pattern Parcel that the Julia pattern came in. I waffled a bit about it – I liked the idea of trying a different t-shirt pattern, but the neckline kept reminding me of baby shirts – you know, you the ones with handy extra buttons for babies’ giant heads? But this week the thought of something in simple jersey sounded like a good way to get back to the sewing machine after a holiday hiatus.
I had just gone through my fabric stash bin; I tipped everything out and refolded it, and reintroduced myself to the things I’d bought! This yellow jersey is the same vintage as my chainlink patterned knit, so about 7 years old!I have a lot of it, I think my plans must have involved a dress. Looking at it now, it isn’t really a colour I’m a fine of. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good mustard yellow, but this Easter-y colour reminded me of baby onesies again. But, I wanted to make a muslin, so I dove right in!
The jersey feels mostly cotton-y, but is quite thin, maybe even a tissue-weight jersey? Possibly a bit thinner than called for in the pattern, but it worked out. I made the pattern exactly as printed, and while I like the length of the body, this is how long the sleeves are on me:
It’s funny, I’m so used to sleeves like this from storebought shirts that if there isn’t bunching at my wrists, I start wondering if the sleeves are too short! Plus, the extra fabric keeps my wrists warm. I’ll probably shorten the sleeves a little before I cut it out next time though.
I dug through my button jar to find appropriate buttons. I love having a mixed-up jumble of buttons just living in a jar! I find it quite satisfying to dump the whole thing out on the coffee table and have a sort through. Every time I do that, I find a few buttons that match, so every time I string a few more together, but the jar is still a fun jumbly mess. These 6 pearl buttons were already on a string together. I was trying to chose between a couple similar pearl options, and some grey ones. I went with the pearl, because I only had two grey, one for each side.
I actually like this shirt enough for it to be a wearable muslin, which is great! I didn’t think the buttercup colour would grow on me this much. The thing I’m not sure how to fix is the shoulder seams. I am doing all this sewing with a regular sewing machine, so all my seams in knit projects are sewn with a 3-stitch zigzag (I find it easier to control than the regular zig zag). So I sewed the sleeve in, and trimmed down the seam allowance, but what is left doesn’t want to behave, and I can’t figure out how to press it. Even though I trimmed the allowance, the seams have thickness, because of the zigzagging. I tried to press the excess down towards the sleeve, but it just wants to be lumpy. This may be to do with the thinness of the jersey – it shows every lump and bump!
I do have a little gripe with the pattern. The directions were great, and it was nice and easy to sew together, it was the PDF pattern that I didn’t enjoy putting together. The PDF patterns I’ve used before usually have you trim off the bottom and right-hand margin on each sheet. Then you tape them together, overlapping the edges of the pages. I find the overlap really helps in lining things up straight. This pattern has you trim the bottom and right margins off, but I eventually realized that you’re then supposed to but the edges of the paper together, not overlap them at all. The awkward part of this was that I didn’t notice this until I got to the sleeve cap, and that was the only way the lines would meet up – on the straightaway of the sleeve and body pieces, it wasn’t immediately apparent I’d done something wrong.
For storage, I feel like the patterns that have that inch-or-so overlap between each page are a little stronger. If I know I want to make the pattern again, I tape the backs of the seams of the paper too, for stability.
Have you made this one? I’m definitely going to make more!