2 June 2015

Introducing the Agnes Sewing Pattern

Agnes sewing pattern - learn to sew jerseyAgnes sewing pattern - learn to sew jersey


Meet the Agnes sewing pattern – your new favourite top!

Agnes is a close-fitting jersey top, speedy to sew and simple to fit, finished with a narrow band at the neckline.

Agnes sewing pattern - learn to sew jersey
Agnes is the ultimate wardrobe staple – a wearable classic, that’s comfortable and practical for every day. It’s also incredibly versatile, with a number of variations - choose from long sleeves or sleeves cropped above the elbow (which are also easy to shorten even further); plain sleeves or sleeves that are ruched and puffed at the shoulder; flattering scoop neckline or adorable ruched sweetheart neckline.

Agnes sewing pattern - learn to sew jersey
Agnes sewing pattern - learn to sew jersey
Agnes sewing pattern - learn to sew jersey

The close-fitting silhouette looks great tucked into a skirt (such as Arielle, Miette, Delphine or Clemence), or worn casually with jeans or Summer shorts.

You’ll want to make this top again and again – and wear it all the time!

Agnes sewing pattern - learn to sew jersey
The easy-to-use sewing pattern includes clearly labelled pattern pieces that show you which seams are which, step-by-step photo instructions and helpful tips for sewing jersey on a regular sewing machine – no overlocker or serger required!

The pattern is suitable for confident beginners or improvers – jersey isn’t the easiest fabric to sew, so ideally you should have made a few garments before. If you’re a fan of the Coco sewing pattern, a loose-fitting garment designed for low-stretch knits, Agnes is the perfect next step to build your skills and get to grips with handling stretchier knit fabric and sewing a close-fitting top. Scared of sewing jersey and want an accessible introduction? Check out our exciting accompaniment!

Agnes sewing pattern - learn to sew jersey

Order the printed pattern and we’ll send you a beautiful pattern in the post, with full size pattern sheets and colour booklet. We ship around the world, or in the next few days you’ll also be able to order the pattern from one of our lovely stockists.

Order the digital pattern and we’ll email you instantly with a PDF version of the pattern and instructions to print and stick together at home.

The pattern comes in eight different sizes – see our sizing chart. We recommend making it in light- to medium-weight stretch knit fabrics, such as cotton jersey, viscose jersey or wool jersey. Check that the fabric can be stretched crosswise at least 25% wider than its original width. You can see the full supplies list and fabric requirements, and we'll talk more about choosing fabric in a forthcoming post.

Agnes sewing pattern - learn to sew jersey

But wait - there’s more! Want an accessible introduction to sewing jersey fabric? Check out our exciting accompaniment to the Agnes sewing pattern - Learn to Sew Jersey Tops online workshop!

[Photography: Fanni Williams / Hair and make up: Elbie van Eeden / Model: Stephanie Lewis / Pattern graphic design: Arielle Gamble / Special thanks to all the lovely pattern testers for your discerning eyes and invaluable feedback]

11 comments:

  1. I am so excited about this pattern!!! Just these past weeks I've been searching for the perfect top pattern to tuck in and wear with all my summer skirts. I REALLYYY want to take your workshop, as well - I've made a few knit tops, but am never 100% satisfied with how they've turned out. I feel like a class that will walk me through each step is just what I need!! Congratulations, Tilly!! :)

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    1. Yay! So glad you like it. It's such a great wardrobe staple, and perfect for tucking into those skirts.

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  2. Adorable!!! I mean absolutely adorable. Loving the puff sleeves!

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  3. Oh my gosh, the sleeves! Absolutely love it!

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    1. Hooray! The sleeves are so much fun to sew.

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  4. I think you must have designed this one especially for me...love it! And just bought it!

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  5. Hi Tilly,
    Would it be hard to add an FBA to this pattern?
    Cheers, Sarah

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  6. Hi Sarah!

    It's easy to adjust the bust on a jersey top because there aren't any darts, and because of the stretch it's different to how you would do a Full Bust Adjustment on a woven top. Basically, you pick your pattern size based on your high bust + 5cm or 2in, then redraw the side seams so they go out at your full bust by however much bigger your full bust is from your high bust + 5cm or 2in.

    Hope this is helpful! :)

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  7. Hi Lexy, I was also coming here to ask about an FBA. Do you need to do anything to the sleeve to make it fit the new bigger armhole once you have adjusted the side seam? Also my high bust is 44" which is the patterns max so I can't add the 5cm/ 2" so would I add this extra to the side seam also? Sorry for all the questions, I am a newbie :)

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    1. Hello! If you start redrawing the side seams just under the armhole, you won't need to change the armhole or sleeve.

      Do you mean your high bust is 44in or is it your high bust + 2in? If your high bust + 2in = 44in, then pick size 8 and add whatever the difference is between your full bust and 44in to the side seams. As there are four side seams, divide the number by four and add that to both the front bodice side seam and back bodice side seam.

      If your high bust itself is 44in, you'll need to grade the pattern out to one size larger - you should be able to do that fairly easily by drawing around the pattern lines by the same distance that's between each size, so the new size looks like it's sitting the same as the other sizes in the pattern "nest". Then repeat the process above but with the larger size.

      I know it's a bit of a headache, but I hope this makes some sense! :)

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