I’ve had my eye on this fabric since it arrived in the shop. The Art Gallery knits / jersey are a really super quality; light-weight but with really good stretch and recovery. I love the colours and digital-esque design on this fabric – Flowered Engrams by Katarina Roccella as part of her Recollection range.
The Brigitte Top by Tessuti has been a go-to t-shirt pattern for me, this being my fifth version (all others are pre-blog). Here’s what I love about it:
- I like the slimline/straight fit
- It only has 3 pattern pieces and seems to be quite economical with fabric
- I’m like the style of a boat neck on me
- The neckline and hems are finished by simply turning under the raw edge and top-stitching
I use the PDF version of the pattern – don’t be put off by the apparent hand-drawn pattern and the lack of fancy formatting on the pattern instructions. The step-by-step instructions are thorough and come with photographs. The Tessuti patterns are very popular amongst Australian bloggers and they seem to produce really good patterns for your everyday staples and get great reviews. I’m not sure why we don’t see them more widely blogged. It is a bargain at less than £5 as well and for that you get 4 different sleeve length options (cap, elbow, ¾ and wrist).
The pattern is multi-sized 6-18 Australian sizing, going up to a bust size of 101cm/44”. For this version I made the size 14 which is what I’ve made in the past, however, I might consider going down a size in the waist next time as it is a little loose. It is fine for this top as I’ll likely wear it un-tucked with jeans, but I’d like some slimmer fitting ones to wear tucked-in to skirts for the winter and for layering.
I added and extra 1” to the length as I wanted to turn a deeper hem than stated. I cut the elbow length sleeves and found they ended just above my elbow crease which is spot-on.
Something to note with this pattern is that once constructed it is very difficult to tell the front and back apart. Since you finish the neckline as the first step, I like to make sure I stitch a bit of ribbon under the back neckline to avoid any confusion later on and when you come to wear it. The raw edges are first overlocked which I found helped stabilise the jersey and stopped it curling. I also used 1/4” fusible tape to stick the raw edge down before using a twin ballpoint needle for topstitching. The tape holds everything in place and helps to create a smooth finish with the twin needle.
All the seams are done on the overlocker and the pattern is designed with a 3/8” seam allowance. The instructions suggest you set your differential feed to 1.5, however, for this jersey I found that I got a better finish leaving it at 1.
The sleeves and hem were finished with the fusible tape and twin needle. I did turn up a slightly deeper hem than instructed – 1” rather than 5/8” – as I’ve found on some of my other tops the underside of the hem has a tendency to flick out if it is too small. I also like the look of the deeper hem and on this lighter-weight jersey it helps it sit nicely at the hipline.
The only thing to note with this pattern is that the front neckline does sit very high. If you prefer a lower neckline, or more of a scooped neckline, it is easy enough to alter the pattern to your preference and sew the top in the same way as instructed. Because it is high at the front it does mean you can’t really wear a jumper or dress over it so bear that in mind if you are making a tee for layering.
After a day wearing this top it didn’t stretch or bag out at all like some jersey fabrics tend to do. The Art Gallery jersey is dreamy to wear and I’m already thinking about what one I’ll make up next!
Would I make it again? I’m sure I will, but for now I need tee’s that have a lower neckline that I can layer up.
Fabric: Flowered Engrams Art Gallery Knit – 1.1m @£20.90
Pattern: Brigitte Top by Tessuti – £0 (used before)
Notions: Thread, ¼ inch fusible tape, twin ball-point needle – all in my stash
Total cost: £20.90