The Agnes sewing pattern by Tilly and The Buttons makes a simple, but very wearable jersey top. It comes with several options to make it more versatile, with different arm lengths and ruched details. I am coming late to this party though after my sewing hiatus, I think every sewing blogger under the sun has made stacks of these by now!
I opted to buy the PDF pattern and download it and print it myself which cost £9.50. You can download the Agnes pattern here. The printed pattern costs £12.50. It took me a whole evening to cut out and assemble the pattern pieces, which makes me wonder how long I would take to assemble and cut out a dress or bigger project like this. It was easy to assemble though and felt a little like a brain training exercise!
I bought some inexpensive jersey fabric from Fabric Land in Bristol for this make. It is very soft, with some stretch, and isn’t see through despite being black (yay!). It is covered in a very fine random polka dot pattern in silver. It was a bargain at £3.99 per meter. I bought 1.5 meters for this project and I have a fair bit left I could use for something-or-other.
I used my normal sewing machine for this project and opted to do the super easy route of just using zig zag stitch and it has worked very well. I bought ball point needles for this project and they have worked well. I will try using a twin needle on a future project.
The sizing is straight forward and it does seem to come up very true to what the patten says which is a huge surprise for me after lots of dubious sizing problems with commercial sewing patterns. I have a large bust and most clothes are a bit annoying to wear because I end up having pulling across the bust and loose fabric elsewhere like the shoulders, but not on this top! Its quite a miracle.
The instructions are clear and quite easy to follow. I only had one small head-scratching moment and I think that’s because the instruction photos feature a bright striped fabric that I got confused by (stripe directions). I was nervous about sewing the neckband in, but it was surprisingly simple and I’m very impressed with the results, even when using zig zag stitch.
In total, I think this took me four hours to cut out the fabric and sew together. I am sure if/when I make another one, it will be faster though.
Will I make this again? Yes, definitely. I just need some nice jersey!
Any tips? Read all the instructions before starting. Use a ball point (jersey) needle. Try using stretch interfacing to secure the shoulder seams.
Overall verdict: A great pattern – simple but very wearable
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