If you find yourself sewing the same basic wardrobe pieces over and over, it’s fun to mix it up with fabric. Here’s a Jalie tank made with modern jersey from My Fabric Designs.
My Fabric Designs is a custom printed fabric shop. There are 26 types of fabric to choose from, including quilting grade cottons, apparel fabrics galore, and home dec textiles. You can see the fabric choices here.
Next you upload your own design or choose from their selection. I chose this bright print called Tribal Sky.
My Fabric Designs uses a special ink jet printer to print directly onto fabric, or a sublimation heat transfer process. You can even print one yard at a time.
I took forever choosing my fabric type for my Jalie tank. There are performance knits, French Terry, everything an apparel sewist could want. I knew the modern jersey would be a fun challenge. It’s very thin, stretches like crazy, and has excellent recovery. It wouldn’t work for a fitted garment like leggings, because it stretches to the point of translucence. But it’s perfect for this top!
The rounded hem was tough to tackle. A split side seam with a longer back might have been an easier route, but I didn’t realize that until after cutting. I finally got it to all come together, but not without some serious help from friends on the MayenDesigns Facebook page. (Thanks, ya’ll!) I made a video if you’d like to see the properties of the modern jersey. It looks a little wonky here; but the fabric did relax into the stitches and it looks great.
This is Jalie 3245 again, but it’s my first time making the tank version. I swung out the center front fold using my tutorial make a flowy top from a fitted pattern. Other than that, no changes. Zero complaints, as usual with Jalie patterns. I cut according to my bust size and the fit is just right.
That’s about it; I had an excellent experience with a fabric company I hadn’t had the opportunity to try before. I made a Jalie tank but mixed it up with a “trickier to work with” fabric and felt proud of myself afterwards, since I tend to get real comfortable just sticking to what I do well.
I hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving! I’ll be helping my sister in law cook instead of hosting this year. I’m absolutely thrilled about that. I stress the hell out on Thanksgiving (keeping it real here) and I’m thankful to help chop celery and corral the kids instead. Tell me what you’re thankful for this week!
Big hugs to all :)