I’m not gonna lie to ya. There’s one reason, and one reason only that I bought this fabric. BECAUSE I SAW OTHER PEOPLE BUY IT AND I WENT BACK AND BOUGHT SOME OF MY OWN!
A couple of months ago, Sew Incidentally hosted a Walthamstow shopping trip. I witnessed a certain amount of excitement around this jersey. At least three Sewists bought this bird print – So Zo, A Sewing Odyssey and Lazy Stitching to the best of my memory, but I suspect others were involved in this mass purchase at Saeed Fabrics. My god, the shop owner must have been a happy man that day!
On the day of our joint shopping trip, I resisted. Me and jersey – we don’t have an easy relationship. From a sewing perspective, I don’t totally get it. Why sew a T-shirt when you can buy one for a few quid? All that stretching and distorting and misbehaviour – and sometimes the clinging. With my curvacious and relatively mature figure, clinging is not always a good thing.
Which means I’ve never fully engaged with jersey. But I realised this bird print was too awesome to pass up at £2 a metre, and marched myself back down to Walthamstow market pronto. I wanted to prove myself wrong and discover the magic of jersey. Did I?
Um. Ah. Yes, well… I think the above photo absolutely sums up what I think of my Tiny Pocket Tank by Grainline Studios. It’s good for gardening. It will go well with pyjamas. If I’m ever hiking in Death Valley again it would be cool to wear. That’s about it… No offence to the pattern, more my fabric choice. I still don’t get it!
I beg you. I implore you. Tell me what I’m doing wrong. What am I not seeing? What am I failing to do? I know there are people out there who work magnificently with jersey – I know because I see it in their blogs. Come on, guys! Share your secrets with me. What do you love about jersey and how should I get the best from it?
Finally, this is called the ‘Tiny POCKET Tank’ but you may not see a pocket on my make. That’s because I had huge fun matching up my print. But it’s there, honestly. Look…