The first garment I sewed was a simple shaped t shirt out of floral waffle ponte roma in a lovely autumnal pink and taupe that I ordered from Abakhan. It's still in stock if you like the sound of a textured stable knit fabric. I sewed it for my mum for Easter, as she prefers clothes to chocolate!
|Floral waffle ponte roma t shirt|
She was so pleased with it, she wore it several times on her trip, and told me that she received compliments when she was wearing it. So, for her wedding anniversary (38 years!), and to say thank you for her picking me up some lovely crepe in mustard and teal whilst she was in Australia, I decided to order more of the fabric, in the other two colourways Abakhan stocks, and make her two more tops.
|Turquoise floral waffle ponte roma top|
|Cerise floral waffle ponte roma top|
This fabric was so easy to sew with. It's very stable, but with a good stretch with great recovery. However, it is a poly spandex, so don't make the same mistake I did and accidentally melt the back of the neckline of the first top whilst trying to press it! Luckily it was only a small area, and because of the style of the fabric it isn't obvious unless you run your fingers over it. I still couldn't believe I'd done it, though!
Abakhan have currently got lots of fab jersey fabric in stock, in lots of fun prints, as well as solids, so they're well worth a look if you fancy sewing up a quick t shirt for spring.
Have you sewn any "basics" that you're particularly proud of?