All the Agneses!

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! 

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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.

The first Agnes - it was a very heavy ponte with limited stretch and not my favourite colourway so it's hardly been worn. If you look closely enough at my chest (ahem) you can see the pencil marks where I was considering trying to rouche the bust!
The first Agnes – it was a very heavy ponte with limited stretch and not my favourite colourway so it’s hardly been worn. If you look closely enough at my chest (ahem) you can see the pencil marks where I was considering trying to rouche the bust!

 

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.

Watermelons! This Agnes has been lengthened slightly. I love the watermelon pattern but the fabric is a more shiny, swimsuit style fabric so it doesn't get worn as much as it could
Watermelons! This Agnes has been lengthened slightly. I love the watermelon pattern but the fabric is a more shiny, swimsuit style fabric so it doesn’t get worn as much as it could be.
I'm showing off my self-drafted denim skirt here - I'm not in the habit of flashing my lining! This Agnes is a geometric pattern, which I quite like but again it is a lycra/swimsuit material and is cut slightly short so I dont wear it too regularly.
I’m showing off my self-drafted denim skirt here – I’m not in the habit of flashing my lining! This Agnes is a geometric pattern, which I quite like but again it is a lycra/swimsuit material and is cut slightly short so I dont wear it too regularly.

 

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.

 

My most popular Agnes, I wear this most weeks - well it is polka dots! The fabric is the perfect weight and has just the right amount of recovery so it clings in the right places
My most popular Agnes, I wear this most weeks – well it is polka dots! The fabric is the perfect weight and has just the right amount of recovery so it clings in the right places

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.

I love this batwing Agnes, even though the fabric is very loud! I've made a few Agnes hacks now - a real bonus to such a simple pattern.
I love this batwing Agnes, even though the fabric is very loud! I’ve made a few Agnes hacks now – a real bonus to such a simple pattern.

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.

This gold and blue Agnes is one of my favourites, the colours work really well together and the fabric is just the right weight. Apologies for the terrible photo, I pulled it out the wash basket just to share it with you!
This gold and blue Agnes is one of my favourites, the colours work really well together and the fabric is just the right weight. Apologies for the terrible photo, I pulled it out the wash basket just to share it with you!

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!

 

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5 thoughts on “All the Agneses!

  1. I loved reading this post, its so great to see one pattern look so different! please do a blog post on how you did the batwing Agnes. I think you’ve tempted me to buy this pattern. I really need to get to grips with sewing knits after Father Christmas bought me an overlocker 🙂 Happy sewing in 2016!

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    1. Yay Chloe you got an overlocker!! It will change everything! I will dig out the pics I took and get the batwing tutorial up. Please put more of your makes on Instagram, I miss seeing them!

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  2. Can totally see why you got so addicted to Agnes. It’s such a great fit and a blank canvas to experment with any design. I love the polka dot one and the blue and gold is really cool. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog 🙂

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