Now I am not saying it was an easy make. Knit fabric and I are not exactly best friends. But I was determined to become at least nodding acquaintances with jersey knits.
I think the secret of my success here was... practice. Here is what my first version looked like. I made this one last week. Yes, I know it's really wonky, and the stitching is a disaster, but I am a firm believer in learning from one's mistakes.
As wonky and lopsided as this is, the thrill I got from finishing it was immense, and it will do for bed! Anyway, no sooner had I finished this than the next was cut out ready to go. I practised the pleats on scrap fabric as well, and over time I got better.
The result is: I love it.
I can't say I didn't have help: sewing bloggers are marvellous at sharing their knowledge. I learnt so much from everyone's tips and tutorials. Tilly and the buttons advice is good, and she links to other bloggers with even more advice. Really helpful.
The fabric is really pretty, grey and brown with gold - it is lovely, soft and fluid. A lot of my ready to wear clothes are jersey, easy to wear and no ironing required. Would I sew jersey again? Yes, yes, yes. I have bought some more fabric in preparation. But I'll tell you what, I can't wait to sew some nice sturdy non-stretchy cotton. Bring it on.