Tilly and the Buttons - Agnes Top to Dress Pattern Hack

by - 10/12/2016

Tilly and the Buttons - Agnes Top to Dress Pattern Hack

If you've read my previous pattern review blog post, you'll know this one was coming! The Tilly and the Buttons Agnes Jersey Top Sewing Patternto dress pattern hack. Now I'm not claiming any credit for this hack, it's been really popular since the pattern came out and there are some great versions out there. After recently sewing the basic top version, I knew I had to try the popular dress version too!

Both my Agnes garments are made from beautiful jersey fabric from Girl Charlee, make sure you check them out for a gorgeous selection of jersey fabrics. Find the jersey fabrics I used here:

Here's a peek at the pattern:
So many styles to create!

Unlike my previous pattern hack posts, I won't be posting any instructions as there's a great tutorial with photos on Tilly's blog. Follow Tilly's instructions for the Agnes top to dress pattern hack HERE.

I found her intructions really easy to follow and the colourful images make each stage easy to understand. I already had a gathered skirt pattern to hand as I've used it before in my previous pattern hack posts.

For my Agnes dress I chose this stunning rose print, light weight jersey. I'm in love with it. It's a jersey print I don't think I'd usually go for, but I wanted something out of my polka dot and stripes comfort zone, and I'm so happy I did! It's the perfect Autumn floral and perfect for this dress.

This dress has fast become one of my favourite makes and I've worn it several times already, so I'll definitely be making more. It's such a comfortable dress but also looks really smart and can be easily dressed up.

For my version I chose to try the elasticated centre front with 3 quarter length sleeves. The only thing I found tricky with the construction was getting the jersey to gather. However much I stretched the elastic or steamed it after, the jersey just wouldn't play ball. After a 3 attempts I was worried I might start to damage my fabric with my repeated unpicking so I left it in the end. I find the center front top stitching pretty ugly and the stitches are uneven as I had to stop to pull the elastic. Ohh well, better luck next time!

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Tilly and the Buttons Agnes Jersey Top Sewing Pattern

Fabric: Red Pink Roses Photos on Black Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric - Girl Charlee £9.95 per m

Notions: Narrow elastic from the center front gathering

Sewing time: A couple hours.

Modifications: See Tilly's Instructions (link above) to see how to do the hack.

Fit: Good! I adjusted the bust fit as I found my first Agnes top a little tight and this is much better but the jersey fabric is also a little thinner.

Difficulty: Easy-peasy!

Watch out for: The elastic center front. Grrrr.

Make Again?: Yes!

Overall, I'm really happy with this dress. I'm so in love with this printed jersey, and sewing with jersey fabric in general. It's the perfect first dress for my Autumn/Winter wardrobe, with lots more to come!

Get this gorgeous Autumn roses look for yourself with this jersey fabric from Girl Charlee with the Tilly and the Buttons Agnes Jersey Top Sewing Pattern

Thanks for reading, pinups!

The fabric was supplied to me free of charge by Girl Charlee. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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  1. Gorgeous dark floral! Loving that the jersey makes it comfy too! Fab make!!

  2. Super dress, it looks amazing on you! I'm more of a spots and stripes girl too and often look and florals but none jump at me but this one really does, fab choice.

  3. This is such a gorgeous dress! Shame the elastic and gathers misbehaved with you but I honestly don't think it's noticeable. I got Tilly's Agnes pattern for my birthday a couple of weeks ago and I've just put some stripey yellow Girl Charlee jersey fabric in the wash so I can't wait to try the pattern out.

  4. Hi Abi:
    I love your dress version. The fabric you chose is beautiful and you look gorgeous. How did you adjust the bust this time? I need to make the same adjustment and I will love to have the same perfect result as you had.

    Difficulty: Easy-peasy!