5 June 2015

Fabric Ideas for the Agnes Sewing Pattern

Fabric ideas for the Agnes sewing pattern
Making the Agnes sewing pattern? Let's talk fabric shopping!

Agnes is a close-fitting top, with in-built "negative ease", meaning that the finished top is actually smaller than your body measurements - so you need to sew it in stretchy knit fabric (as opposed to woven fabric or low-stretch knit fabric) to get a nice fit over your curves.

We recommend light- to medium-weight stretch knit fabrics, such as cotton jersey, viscose jersey or wool jersey, with at least 25% crosswise stretch. What does that mean? That means that if you stretch the fabric along the direction with the most amount of stretch, or along the grain that's at right angles to the finished edges, it should stretch at least 25% longer than its resting width. If you sign up to our online workshop, Learn to Sew Jersey Tops, you can watch a video in which I demonstrate exactly how to test fabric stretch. Two-way stretch is enough - the fabric doesn't have to stretch in all directions. If the fabric listing says it's jersey fabric and includes 5% elastane, spandex or Lycra, it's probably stretchy enough for Agnes.

One of the things I love the most about this top is its versatility. You can make it in a lightweight cotton jersey for Summer, a sweater knit for Winter, I've even made one in leotard fabric just because! I'll show you some of my own Agnes tops soon, but in the meantime Vanessa's been digging around the internet to bring you some suggestions for what to make your own Agnes tops in...

Fabric ideas for the Agnes sewing pattern
Clockwise from top left: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Fabric ideas for the Agnes sewing pattern
Clockwise from top left: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 (I've made Agnes top from this pink and white stripe cotton jersey - the fabric is fantastic quality and soooo soft)

Fabric ideas for the Agnes sewing pattern
Clockwise from top left: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Fabric ideas for the Agnes sewing pattern
Clockwise from top left: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Fabric ideas for the Agnes sewing pattern
Clockwise from top left: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Please note that we haven't actually seen or handled most of these fabrics in person, so do order a swatch to check suitability before buying if you're not sure. Ooh and the prints in our little illustrations aren't to scale! For more information, the fabric requirements, supplies list and sizing chart are all listed on the Agnes sewing pattern page.

What fabric are you going to make your first Agnes top in? We can't wait to see... Happy fabric shopping!

PS. Don't forget the early bird special fee for the Learn to Sew Jersey Tops online workshop finishes this coming Monday 8 June 2015 at 9am GMT!

8 comments:

  1. I'm glad you've come up with this pattern. For years, I've admired all of your cute little tops similar to this one which go so nicely with your skirts. Sorry for the lack of visualization on my part, but I'm assuming you can combine the short gathered sleeve with the gathered neckline bodice. Would you mind adding that view to your future posts so we can see it? I feel like that's the most similar view I've seen you wear in the earlier days of your blog that looked so cute.

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    1. Hi Karen, you certainly can combine the ruched sleeve and ruched neckline! I've made one like that - I'll show you in a future post... So glad you like the pattern :)

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  2. Hi Tilly! Kathy from Arizona, USA here. I was wondering how you get the pictures of the fabric onto the drawings of the top? Do you use a software program? If so, which one? I think this top and the fabric suggestions look really cool. Thank you, Kathy

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    1. Hi Kathy, we use Adobe Illustrator :)

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  3. This is such a helpful post. Love all of the designs shown here. So helpful to see where all the fabric comes from.

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  4. I love seeing how the same pattern can look in different material. The Agnes top is great. Very versatile.

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  5. Dear Tilly, Hi! Thank you for your answer. Unfortunately, I don't have that program. It's very expensive to buy and I can't even afford to "rent" it from the internet for sporadic use. Sigh. On the first selection of fabrics - number 3 with those amoeba looking circular things. Thank you, Kathy

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  6. Hi Tilly, we love the Agnes pattern and thanks for featuring our pineapples and red gingham fabrics. www.girlcharlee.co.uk is now up and running for anyone who is interested in Jersey Knits, Thanks, Mark

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