10 March 2018

Stretch patterns - Meet the Frankie Baseball T-Shirt

Frankie T-Shirt - sewing pattern from Stretch! book - Tilly and the Buttons

A classic t-shirt is a must in everyone's wardrobe. I love the seventies style of a baseball T and knew I had to include one in my new book Stretch. The only question was what colours to choose - soooo many lovely options!

Designed for single knit jersey, the Frankie T-shirt is the second pattern in the book. It has a relaxed fit, with easy-to-sew raglan sleeves, a round neckband, gentle curved and dipped hem, and a choice of full length, three-quarter or cap sleeves.

Don't worry if you've never sewn a t-shirt before! The book teaches you how to make this top on either a regular sewing machine or an overlocker (serger). I show you all the techniques involved, such as creating a neat and tidy neckband.

Frankie T-Shirt - sewing pattern from Stretch! book - Tilly and the Buttons

Make the Frankie T-shirt in single knit jersey that has a slight stretch to it (it needs to stretch crosswise 10% or more).

This pattern is just screaming out for colour-blocking! The bodice, sleeve and neckband each use small amounts of fabric, so it's a great one for using up leftover pieces. You'll need the following lengths:

  • Bodice - 0.75m (7⁄8 yard) x 150cm (60in) wide OR 1.5m (1 5⁄8 yard) x 115cm (45in) wide
  • Long sleeves - 0.75m (7⁄8 yard) x 115cm (45in) or 150cm (60in) wide
  • OR Three-quarter length sleeves - 0.6m (¾yd) x 115cm (45in) or 150cm (60in) wide
  • OR Cap sleeves - 0.35m (3/8 yard) x 115cm (45in) or 150cm (60in) wide
  • Neckband - 7cm (1/16 yard)

Frankie T-Shirt - sewing pattern from Stretch! book - Tilly and the Buttons
Frankie T-Shirt - sewing pattern from Stretch! book - Tilly and the Buttons

You can of course make the whole thing in the same fabric for a basic staple top.

How about embellishing it with some applique? The book shows you how to do this with scraps of woven fabric. I chose to channel the lemons trend - I lurrrrve how they look stripes! Try this with florals or animal designs too! I want to make one with lobsters on the shoulders, oh yes.

Frankie T-Shirt - sewing pattern from Stretch! book - Tilly and the Buttons
Frankie T-Shirt - sewing pattern from Stretch! book - Tilly and the Buttons
Frankie T-Shirt - sewing pattern from Stretch! book - Tilly and the Buttons

There's an option to sew the sleeves with short turn-up hems for Summer.

Plus you can add a V detail to the neckline to give your top a sportswear style.

Frankie T-Shirt - sewing pattern from Stretch! book - Tilly and the Buttons

There are six patterns included in the book printed on full scale sheets - no need to download them. The sheets are double sided, and some of the pieces are overlapping so you'll need to trace your size onto paper, or you could trace them directly onto your fabric with dressmaker's carbon and a tracing wheel.

There are eight sizes included, from UK 6 to 20 / US 2 - 16 / EUR 34 - 48 - you can see the measurements on the sizing chart.

Frankie T-Shirt - sewing pattern from Stretch! book - Tilly and the Buttons

Making the Frankie T-shirt? Please share a pic with us on Instagram @TillyButtons with the hashtags #StretchSewingBook and #SewingFrankie so we can see!

Grab your book now from our online shop :)

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Stretch! is published by Quadrille (Hardie Grant)
Fashion photography: Ellie Smith
Step photography: Fanni Williams
Models: Yasmin Elizabeth / Alexandra BruceEmily Tan
Hair and make up: Danni Hooker
Styling: Andie Redman + Tilly Walnes

2 comments:

  1. Just got my copy of the book. So excited!! Any tips for how to scale down a pattern based on the amount of stretch in your fabric? I once made a pair of sequin leggings and had to alter them 4 times to get a snug fit. Hoping the answer is in the book....
    Saw the back page pic- boy or girl?

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  2. Got my copy of the book on Wednesday and am slowly devouring it...and LOVING the patterns, the ideas, the tips and the beautiful layout.

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