Tilly and the Buttons - Agnes Top

by - 10/03/2016

Tilly and the Buttons - Agnes Top

My finished Agnes top!

After a Summer of sewing lots of lovely vintage inspired Summer dresses, it's time to sew some casual pieces! I love sewing with jersey, it's my new favourite thing. If you've never tried it before, go for it! All you need is a good needle and the right stitch and you won't look back!

I think Tilly and the Buttons has some great jersey sewing patterns which are perfect for beginners as her instructions are so clear and easy to follow. I've made 2 Cocos so far (yet to blog) and now 2 Agnes' and they're always some of my favourite things to wear, plus everyone always thinks you're super fancy and talented for sewing with jersey, but don't spoil it and tell them it's just as easy as cotton!

Instagram loved this first snap!

A huge thank you to the wonderful Girl Charlee for this perfect anchor print jersey fabric. I'm obsessed with anchor prints (I didn't get an anchor tattoo, you did...), so when I saw their 'Anchors Away' collection of jersey it was meant to be. It also comes in a red/white colour combo which is equally as gorgeous!

I knew this anchor print jersey would be perfect for the Agnes pattern that's been unused in my stash for a while. Especially with Autumn starting, I want long sleeves and more pieces to layer.

Here's a peek at the pattern:

Lots of great variations to try.

Once again, the pattern doesn't disappoint. Very simple to follow, some great tips and those colourful images make it for me! For my anchor print Agnes I chose the simplest option, a round neck, long sleeved version. But there are some great variations, of which you'll see more of later! Hint hint.

This top was one of the fastest things I've ever sewn! I didn't spend much more than an hour on this - my kind of sewing! I'll definitely be whipping up some more. The size is a little small on me. The top is designed to be fitted, which I knew and was what I wanted. But sometimes I forget I need to add more boob room! Something I rectified later on when I made the Agnes top to dress pattern hack (post soon) which resulted in a much more comfortable fit.

I find these close up neck edge photos really satisfying!

I really love the contrast mini zig zag stitching around the neck edge. I did take extra care to make sure it was even and that my machine wasn't skipping any stitches. I think it gives this top a really professional finish! I think I've surprised myself a little bit with how tidy it looks...

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Tilly and the Buttons Agnes Jersey Top Sewing Pattern

Fabric: Navy Blue Anchors Away on White Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric
by Girl Charlee - £10.95 per meter.

Notions: None!

Sewing time: An hour or so.

Modifications: None!

Fit: A little small as I forgot that my bust is larger than average, but it's not bursting at the seams so will be great for layering.

Difficulty: Easy-peasy!

Watch out for: There's lots of tips out there for sewing with jersey, so make sure you do a bit of research before hand to make sure you sew at your best.

Make Again?: Yes! And I sure did....

Overall, I'm really happy with my finished Agnes top. The jersey makes this basic top feel a little extra special because of the lovely quality of the fabric. Although the tight fit isn't something I'd usually go for, I'll certainly be making more, just with a little extra room across the bust. I'd love to make a few plain ones for layering in the Winter months, and more cute patterned ones to brighten up my selection!

Get this simple nautical look for yourself with the 'Anchors Away' collection of jersey fabrics from Girl Charlee with the Tilly and the Buttons Agnes Jersey Top Sewing Pattern

Thanks for reading, pinups!

P.S. Stay tuned for my Agnes top to dress pattern hack with more beautiful Girl Charlee jersey! Sneaky peeks on my Instagram @craftypinup

The fabric was supplied to me free of charge by Girl Charlee. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
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  1. Ooh, lovely top! Might need to try this pattern out too!

  2. I love it, it's on my Christmas wish list now! Love the anchor print too! I'd lovev to know how you add boob room to this (I know i'll have to do the same!)

  3. The top looks amazing! We have this anchor print in red and another anchor print in navy Cotton Lycra for all the Anchor addicts out there!

  4. The top looks amazing! We have this anchor print in red and another anchor print in navy Cotton Lycra for all the Anchor addicts out there!

  5. Great tee, fits like a dream and looks fab, I need to sew some of these, maybe plain ones to go under my dresses so I can still wear some during the chilly months.