If you follow me on Instagram then you will know I am a big fan of The Tilly and The Buttons Agnes Top, it’s a close fitting top designed for jersey knit fabrics and has multiple options to make and lots of online hacks!
If, like I was, you are a bit scared about sewing with knit fabrics then this is great project to get started with. I even booked myself on a Guthrie & Ghani course, in their beautiful Moseley Studio, for an introduction to sewing with knit fabrics workshop.
I cannot recommend their workshops enough. The workshop I attended, hosted by the lovely Claire, had about 8 people on it so plenty of space to work and time for one to one help. From 10am – 4pm we were taken step by step through making our very own Agnes top (pattern included, you just need to take your own fabric along – or of course buy some from the amazing Haberdashery shop downstairs).
The studio has absolutely amazing Brother sewing machines, which was great as I didn’t own an overlocker at the time and it was reassuring to be taught how to complete the project without one! I opted for the scoop neck and ruched sleeve version using a soft light blue jersey from Fabrics Galore. The workshop gave me the confidence to head home and sew up a few more Agnes tops for my #memadewardrobe and take the fear out of any other jersey knit projects.
If you don’t fancy a group workshop or perhaps don’t live near one, Tilly and The Buttons offer a ‘Learn to Sew Jersey Tops’ online workshop, taking you through the Agnes Construction step by Step!
Feeling inspired by Valentine ’s Day and wanting to spread the love I decided to make Mummy & Daughter matching Agnes tops for my sister and niece. I decided heart elbow patches was one of the subtler options, meaning they’d get more wear rather than just for Valentine’s.
For my niece’s top I used one of her existing tops as a pattern template and extended the top of the sleeve to add the ruching – really simple to do! There are lots of tutorials online if you fancy giving it a go!
I used a paper heart template to cut out fabric hearts, from a jersey knit fabric I purchased from eBay. I found it easier to sew the hearts before attaching/sewing the sleeves; just be sure to mark out where the elbow would go and be sure to place them on the back – I made the late night sewing error of not paying enough attention and making this mistake!
The pleasure of sewing for others really made this project all the more worthwhile…my niece didn’t take it off for three days!