Recently I was lucky enough to receive some lovely red, white and navy striped cotton jersey fabric from Rosy of Sewingadicta, as part of House of Pinheiro's Nautical Swap.
I love jersey tops, so it was the perfect gift. However I didn't start cutting straight away, as I knew I wanted to do something special with it, not just make a plain t-shirt.
Then a couple of weeks ago I was browsing through a magazine and saw this dress.
I immediately knew I wanted to do something similar with my striped jersey!
I decided on a top rather than a dress as I was a bit worried about having red, white and navy stripes all over the lower half of my body.
First I made myself a pattern. I used a well fitting jersey top I already own as the basis, and set about working out the shapes I'd need to cut.
I ended up with a bit of a jigsaw, as you can see!
The next step was obviously trying to match those stripes as I cut each individual piece out. I think I did pretty well!
I made the back plain:
I don't have an overlocker so I was a bit worried about the seams going horribly wobbly as I sewed them. After a bit of thought I decided to stabilise one side of each seam with a very thin strip of fusible interfacing. You might just be able to see it in this photo.
The interfacing I used had a bit of give in one direction, so I made sure I took advantage of that. I then spent quite a bit of time making sure I'd got all the necessary stripes lined up and tacked each seam before I sewed it.
It was definitely worth spending the time on these steps as it made the actual sewing much easier.
Because the stripes on the front went here, there and everywhere I didn't even try and match them with the back, but I did manage to get some of the body/sleeve stripes matching. They're good enough for me anyway!
Here's a photo of me modelling it - the same one you saw earlier this week in my MMM post!
I'm keeping my jigsaw of pattern pieces, as I could see these diagonal waist stripes looking good on a plain dress, black and white on a black dress possibly?
I'll just add that to my ever growing list of ideas!