I’m incredibly excited to unveil my next design for you, Jade! This pattern hits home for me because it’s based on a silhouette I have worn and loved for many years, and it incorporates many of the details from favorite ready-to-wear tees I’ve owned. I’m happy to say that it’s almost ready to launch!
There are some peeks at Jade on Instagram under the hashtag #mbrjade too!
I’ll introduce this pattern to you detail by detail in an upcoming post, but for now I wanted to give you the materials list so you can get ready for this fun and quick pattern for knits.
For Jade, you’ll need to use knit fabric. I’d recommend light to medium weight knits such as jersey, rib knit, or interlock with plenty of stretch (at least 50%) for this pattern. Just like Isla, you’ll have the best results with soft, stretchy knits. For specific knit fabrics that I like, check out my post with some fabric recommendations for Jade.
Sizes and Yardage
You’ll need up to 2 yards of knit fabric for each tee, depending on the length of sleeve you would like and your size.
Just like all of my other recent patterns, Jade comes in my extended size range, which includes plus sizes (click here for metric):
My new knit sewing BFF: tricot interfacing
One of the things I love about designing patterns is experimenting with new techniques that I can share with you. For this pattern, I share my new favorite way to finish knit sleeves and hems beautifully using fusible tricot interfacing. Tricot interfacing is stretchy so it works with knit fabrics, and it stabilizes the edges so that they’re easy to sew and look beautiful after you press them. Here’s my favorite source for tricot interfacing: Fashion Sewing Supply Tricot Interfacing, but you can also find it here: Fusiknit and here: Heat n Bond sheer weight tricot interfacing (check out fellow pattern designer Gabriela’s blog post about tricot interfacing for more info, by the way. It’s great!)
Other Jade notions
- 4.0mm twin needle – I love finishing knit hems with a twin needle!
- fusible stay tape – For the boat neckline, I use stay tape (you can also cut strips from your tricot interfacing, above) to self-finish the neckline. This is a handy notion to have if you like to sew with knits!
- polyester thread – it’s super important to use polyester thread rather than cotton thread for sewing garments, especially knit garments, so your seams won’t break when stretched!
If this is your first time working with knits, be sure to check out my Knits Page. My Creativebug class, Trace and Make Tee and Leggings, also covers types and properties of knit fabrics, how to measure stretch, and my tips for sewing knits.
I hope you’re excited for Jade! Look for the launch announcement soon (and sign up for my newsletter if you want to be the first to know)!