Oh, I love my serger! This pattern is Simplicity 7013 and I made the bottom right option, omitting the slits on the arms.
Something I like about sewing jersey is that you can get to ‘try on’ stage pretty speedily. This top had just four seams to sew to put it together. But it’s also frustrating because the finishing (facing, hems) take me a lot longer – especially as a beginner.
It’s the first time I’ve serged a facing, and that went fine. Unfortunately my twin needle stitching did not go well and was very crooked. I’d read that it’s good to use a walking foot on jersey, but that made it difficult to see what I was doing, so I switched back to a standard foot.
I couldn’t unpick the stitching – two lines of black stitching on black fabric? No thank you. So I cut off the facing and sewed it on again. It doesn’t quite sit properly – the facing is now too narrow, and I think I should have twin needled a bit further away from the seam – but this top is wearable, and I plan to make another one using what I’ve learned.
I wanted to keep the sleeves as fluttery as possible, so used the rolled hem option. Love this! It gives such a professional finish.
Next, I’m going to try to copy my favourite jersey trousers…
Pattern: Simplicity 7013 £4
Fabric: Black cotton jersey from Tissu Fabrics, £3