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Bring out the twin needles and sergers, this mini-collection is all about jersey! These patterns are long in length, high in comfort, and have ample style. These designs debuted in the March 2010 issue of BurdaStyle magazine. Check out all these easy-sew patterns that we curated with jersey fabric suggestions.

Fabrics from left to right; Skipper, Wood Violet Stripe, Parallels

This striped shirt is sewn easily and quickly and great for those who like to sew and wear comfy clothes! Some highlighting details of this Striped Top are its stand-up turtleneck collar and kimono sleeves that go narrow at the wrist (great for scrunching up at the elbows). We love this top sewn in stripes, so we suggest making it in any one of the above colorful striped jerseys. All you need to decide is if you want a two or three toned stripe!

Fabrics from left to right; Optica, Empire

The knit stitches are printed on the lightweight jersey of this Tie Band Top and therefore ideal for the first warm rays of the sun! The tie band along the bottom ensure great fit and style. The print in the above sample is fun and abstract so we suggest keeping the same vibe and making it in an optical or skyline print!

Fabrics from left to right; African Violet, Sweet Raspberry, Blissful

A lightweight jersey top can be elegant too – with the addition of center front slit and some decorative embellishments. The short sleeves make this Short Sleeve Tunic Top particularly great for going out so you can keep cool while dancing the night away! We like this top kept nice and simple so that the trimmings can shine, but still have a great base. A great combination would be this rich black jersey and silver stud embellishments.

Browse through many other solid viscose jersey’s here. This knit jersey is fabulous for basic, tees, tops, dresses. The hand is creamy, the drape is ample but still with good stability.

Fabrics from left to right; Neufchatel, Burnt Orange, Blissful, Vivaldi

This Paneled Top has style and comfort since it is sewn in stretch jersey! The various sections and kimono sleeves allow for multiple fabrics to come together and the hem and neck band finishes off the edges perfectly. For this style we love the idea of paneling together fabrics, and also incorporating one print! MegH made this pattern and used Sawyer Brook’s jerseys to bring this paneled top to life.

When Meg decided she wanted to make the paneled version of the long top, she picked the below fabric to sew it in. What was the base for all color choices in this top was the gorgeous Vivaldi jersey. This fabric is one of their digital prints from France on a fine viscose jersey, and it embodied so many beautiful colors!

Even though the design was symmetrical, Meg still wanted asymmetry in the top. That is why Meg choose to cut the front halves in the different jerseys. But before any cutting is done, there are some drafting steps that need to happen first. On the front piece #1 you half to extract the top “v” panel, you can either it cut it apart (and add seam allowance) or you can trace it off like Meg did. Simply place tracing paper over top of the piece and trace the lines. Then you need to add seam allowances on all sides: Seams and edges 1.5 cm (5/8 in), ­sleeve hems 4 cm (1 5/8 ins).

You also need to draft rectangles for the hem and neck bands, as they are NOT included in the pattern:

a) hem band, 88 – 92 – 96 – 100 – 104 – 108 cm (34 3/4 – 36 1/4 – 37 3/4 – 39 1/2 – 41 ins) long, 16 cm (6 1/2 ins) wide, ­finished width 8 cm (3 1/4 ins).
b) strip for neck edge, 68 – 69 – 70 – 71 – 72 – 73 cm (26 3/4 – 27 1/4 – 27 3/4 – 28 – 28 1/2 – 28 3/4 ins) long, 4 cm (1 5/8 ins) wide, cut without allow­ance.

Meg sewed a size 38 so she drafted the bands to the bolded measurements above.

Meg cut one of the sleeves and front in the Vivaldi jersey, and the other sleeve in the Burnt Orange. For the other half of the front and hem band she cut in the Blissful black jersey, which left the entire back, front panel and neck strip to be cut in the creamy Neufchatel white jersey. All jerseys in the top were similar fabric weight so they sewed together really well.

The first seam to sew was the top “v” panel in the front. Instead of troubleshooting the point at the bottom of the panel, Meg instead sewed one side of the panel to one side of the front, then sewed the other half of the front top to the other half of the panel and down the rest of the center front. This technique ensure a crisp point on the bottom “v” panel with minimal effort.

Next was to apply the sleeves to the garment. So before the sleeves are sewn in you half to sew the shoulder seams together, and once that is done you need to open the top so the armhole seam is laying flat. Then you need to lay the sleeve right sides together on the top matching up shoulder notch on the sleeve to shoulder seam on the top. On one half of the sleeve there is a #2 notch which matches up with the #2 notch on the front of the top. Then on the back top the notch matches up with the ending edge of the sleeve. Pin the sleeve in place and sew from front sleeve edge to back sleeve edge.

Once the sleeve crown is sewn to the armhole of the top you need to fold the sleeve widthwise in half to sew the sleeve underseam together as well as the garment side seam. This is done in one continuous seam, so it is important to match underarm points.

Now it is time to sew the bands to finish off the top! First you stitch the short ends of the hem band right side together and then fold wrong sides together widthwise so the unfinished edges match up. Pin into the bottom edge of the top matching one of the top side seam’s to the seam on the hem band. Since the fabric is stretchy you’ll have to slightly stretch the band to fit the top, this will create a nice fit to the top. Then you do the exact same thing for the neck band. Then lastly to finished the sleeve hems, I used a twin needle to turn up the edges and topstitch in place.

Here is Meg’s finished top! The fabrics look great, and sewed together beautifully. The hand of the soft viscose jersey feels great against the body and has great stretch to ensure a fitting pattern. We love the color combinations and how the solids pick on on various hues in the vibrant print, you can also check out more of Meg’s project photos here.

This post was sponsored by Sawyer Brook Distinctive Fabrics, where savvy sewers shop first.

Happy Sewing!


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    Apr 5, 2014, 12.05 PMby JanineTracey

    Fabulous article and outfits and pictures. That one can be fashionable and I’m very glad about it. – C. Frederick Wehba

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    Mar 22, 2014, 03.03 AMby Denise Wild

    Love this top! The fabrics look so great together. :)

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    Mar 21, 2014, 11.46 AMby judypeg

    Jersey is a wonderful fabric; but why would you want to make such baggy and unflattering clothes with it? Be bold!!! The fabrics are great! they need to be used in figure hugging items that really make a statement!

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      Mar 26, 2014, 01.47 AMby allisonroma

      I so agree with judypeg. I would love to sew with the jersey but I want to be elegant, not casual.

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    Mar 20, 2014, 08.17 PMby Tatiana Laremore

    I love your colors! Reminds me of the 80’s, ah, and makes me feel retro (in a positive way, i.e. a classic). :)

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