Forgive me reader for I have sinned…it’s been nearly three months since my last post!
Happy New Year for starters, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year and were happy and healthy. I’ve got a New Year post to follow shortly, but for now I’ve had so many posts queued for months, that I thought I’d just get posting them.
Anyway, let’s get on with what you’re really here for, the sewing. I apologise in advance for some of my photos; it’s taken so long for me to get around to posting, if I wait any longer to get proper blog photos it’ll be next Christmas!
I love sewing pretty dresses but let’s be honest, prancing around in a full skirt isn’t always practical, especially as up until recently I worked from home and the only eyes who saw me during the daytime belonged to our cats! I used to wear dresses a lot more, but have been wearing more separates lately, and really wanted a simple, everyday top pattern.
Cue Tilly’s Agnes pattern, which I snapped up as soon as it was released earlier in the year. It’s definitely earned its cost back – I’ve sewn about ten already and see many more in my future. There are a couple of variations on the pattern; ruched bust and arms, however since I have a DD bust and think I’m plenty wide enough, I have unashamedly stuck to the simple uncomplicated version every time.
The pattern is only four pieces, including a neckband and I made my first few versions on the sewing machine before I got my overlocker. This was one of my first forays into sewing with knits and you know what? It’s really easy! I don’t know what all the fuss is about! Tilly’s instructions are really clear as usual, and if you are worried she has an online course for sewing knits on your sewing machine.
Light- medium weight jersey/knits work best for this pattern. I did make a version out of a heavy ponte but unsurprisingly it wasn’t very comfy as the negative ease in the heavier fabric made it quite constricting.
As well as being a good, solid staple, I’ve managed to use it for the basis of a couple of hacks as well, including this batwing version. It’s so comfy, although because of my fabric choice for this one my husband asks me to put a jumper on if he has a headache! If anyone is interested I’ll post a brief tutorial later on how to create your own batwing Agnes.
There’s not a huge amount more to say on this one, it does what it says on the envelope. I love the flattering fitted shape, I love how quickly I can make one (in less than an hour, including cutting, and I love that I can squeeze a ¾ sleeve version out of a metre of fabric. Did I mention I love Agnes?
What is your favourite basic pattern that you keep returning to? Let’s see if I can get hooked on any others!