Thrifty: Floral Jersey


I found this floral jersey some time ago, perhaps about a year ago, for about 50¢ a yard (a major steal), but I hadn’t made anything until just recently.

I wanted to make some progress on my project run and play outfits, but my fabric wasn’t scheduled to arrive until Monday (it came today, yay!). So I prototyped one of the many pieces I’m making for the competition in this fabric. Unfortunately for Penelope, the pattern was much to small for her. Fortunately for our little neighbor, it fit her perfectly. I just adore how it turned out on her!

I added pintuck detailing in the back and a high-low hemline to the bottom. It looks so sweet on her (especially with those super hip purple skinnies).

She was such a cute little model, but a little bit more camera shy than Penelope. I think my camera might have traumatized her a bit, the poor girl. But I was able to snap enough pictures of the detail of the shirt, you get the jist. Now I need to make one for Penelope. Then maybe one for me. I think it turned out too darn cute.

I also broke out the twin needles for this project. I’m not sure I’ll be going back when it comes to using knits! I found out about the glories of twin needles from Make it and Love it. Do you use twin needles? Have you ever? It’s so easy, but you’ll feel so professional.

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    1. debra z says:

      Really cute! Love the back detail.

      Also, fyi, your link to Make It & Love It actually goes to the yahoo article on Hackers hitting Macs with viruses. :)

    2. Heidi says:

      Good to know about the twin needles. I had heard that they were a pain in the butt. Maybe I’ll give them a try after all!

    3. Kristin says:

      My serger does a double stitch, but I think getting a double needle for my sewing machine seems like it would be easier and quicker than retreading and repositioning needles on the serger.

      Good job on the shirt- I love the pin tucks in the back! You are so brave to join PR&P, I’m no good with fixed deadlines for sewing projects or having structured the,es to work with. Can’t wait to see what else you come up with.

    4. Erin R. says:

      I LOVE the pintuck neckline. I would totally sport one of these fabulous tees and so would my 1 year old. (I need to seriously improve my sewing skills before attempting it though). Such a sweet little model too.

    5. kristin says:

      cute shirt! i just tried a double needle last night and it did NOT work…not sure what the deal was. i’m pumped to see what you guys make this season! :)

    6. amelia says:

      I think twin needles are amazing. Its amazing that just a small detail can make it look so much nicer.

    7. Rachel says:

      Love the shirt! I like the high low hem. When I first read about the twin needles I thought you said broke the needle (which I do so often-ack $4.00 down the drain like that!). I love using the twin and have noticed I have better success when I use the ones that are closer together than not. Can’t wait to see your PRP projects!

    8. Amy says:

      So great to meet you today at the park! Hope we get a chance at future play dates with the kiddos! Now, I need to get to reading all these posts of yours!

    9. Jessica says:

      So sweet Melissa! I especially love that hemline. I recently discovered how easy and professional twin needles are. I have a feeling I’ll be forced to discover a lot of those kinds of things in the competition :)

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