Breaking news! Have you seen Sewaholic’s new pattern? You can find out all about it here.
I was lucky enough to be invited to make this up as a pattern tester. I loved the process of feeding back! I felt like a good little student, filling out Tasia’s questionnaires, carefully considering the process, making notes.
This is a very simple and accessible pattern. Tasia recommends using fabric that has less than 5% spandex content. Shopping on Walthamstow market, it’s impossible to know the content of any fabric! (And I WAS going to shop on the market. Jersey anywhere else seemed ludicrously expensive. Hello, John Lewis, I am looking at you!)
If you don’t know the content of your fabric either, my top tip is the stretch test. Pinch two sections of the fabric and pull apart. If the jersey is really stretchy, you probably don’t want to use it on a make like this – the fabric will just stretch out of shape during the construction and wearing. You need something fairly stable.
This is also a quick make. As ever, Sewaholic’s instructions are perfectly transparent and clear. The cuffs on the wrists and waist hem are inspired – your jersey makes will never be so neat or well-structured! I imagine this project being a great stash buster. Those lengths of jersey that have been sat around for years? Now’s your chance to run up a whole new set of T-shirts.
Sewaholic makes great patterns. Fact. But I think a moment should be taken to acknowledge what a great teacher Tasia is, also. She must pour hours of her life into her sewalongs and technique posts. It’s all incredibly generous of her. Thank you, Sewaholic!
I have wondered about adapting this pattern to make myself some yoga T-shirts. For those of you who do yoga, don’t you find it really tricky to get just the right cut of T-shirt? Not too short, not too long, not too baggy, not too tight, not too warm, not too thin. Something that won’t fall down round your head in a shoulder stand but isn’t so clingy that you have to gaze at your little, round, pot belly during a forward bend! These things matter, people! But go to a yoga specialist clothing supplier and feel the blood drain from your face at the prices. That much? For a T-shirt?!
Have you noticed? I’ve copied Tasia’s version of this top almost exactly, including photo poses. I’m such a loser!
So what do you think of the Renfrew? And do you have yoga stories to share?