The whole ride home she proceeded to tell me exactly what I would make them into. I appreciate her confidence in me... that total faith in my abilities amazes me and keeps me burning to make whatever she requests, even if it's right before bed time. And how come it always seems to be that hour of the day? I can't tell you how often she's sweetly asked: can you finish it tonight? Before bed? Or how about her most frequent ploy to get me running for my sewing machine: "I don't know if I can sleep without it... ".
So her design idea: a sleep skirt... have you ever heard of a sleep skirt? I hadn't. And a sleep tank top with "flowers". Essentially: innovative pajamas!
I'll be honest, I love having an excuse to sew up something without too much of a plan or pattern. Cutting up jersey is so forgiving. Making up as I go along is one of my favorite ways to create. I always learn a thing or two. Next time, I'd adjust the tank... more fabric would have helped. She's super happy with it, but I may try another version some day. The skirt, however, will be made again and again... and not just for sleep!
I might need one for me, too. So can you tell from the pictures? Finished it at dusk... just in time for some evening hooping.
Tips for working with jersey/cotton knit with a standard sewing machine:
- there is an endless supply of good quality cotton t-shirts at most thrift stores for: perfect supplies for deconstructing.
- lettuce edging is an easy way to finish off a bottom hem.
- a knit-wear needle in your machine makes a difference.
- stretch stitches (zigzag, etc.) are best.
- double rolled edges (like the ones in the front crossover part of the tank) eliminate some of the stretched-out wonkiness that can happen.
- use a delicate hand when guiding jersey through your machine: too much pulling will activate that said stretched-out look.