Sewing with stripes – plantain top.

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My first time sewing with stretch jersey fabric! Also first time sewing with stripes…which was challenging when trying to get the stripes at the seams to match up.

This pattern is available for free download from Deer and Doe, a French-based sewing pattern company. It is a versatile and comfortable top that has three sleeve length options – short, 3/4 and full length, as well as optional elbow patches.

The fabric I used was a white and navy striped jersey knit fabric from Spotlight. I also bought a ball-point needle, but did not have a walking foot attachment for my sewing machine. I have only ever really worked with woven, non-stretch fabrics as the thought of stretchy fabrics was a little intimidating.

I omitted the elbow patches and also brought the neckline up about two inches and reduced the length of the neckline band accordingly.

The neckline band sits well and flat against the chest

Matching up the stripes began from before even cutting the fabric. I found tutorials by Grainline Studio and Tilly and The Buttons very helpful. In retrospect, if I was to sew with stripes for the first time, I would have chosen a print with larger and fewer stripes to make it easier to match up. Although, I did pretty well matching the stripes if I say so myself!

This top was very quick to complete and I would definitely make many more in all the sleeve lengths. It is really comfy to wear and the slight flare of the top complements the body very well. I may invest in a walking foot too as I think it would definitely make a difference with thread tension and a smoother fabric finish. After this project, I don’t find jersey knit fabric as daunting anymore!


Credit and thank you to my boyfriend for taking photos.


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