I have absolutely no idea why I haven’t made this pattern sooner! I’ve had it sat on my shelf for ages and I’ve also had some fabric to use for ages too.
When I saw the heart jersey fabric that Rachel Wain bought from Barry’s in Birmingham which she posted on Twitter, I just had to get some, I knew it would be perfect for the Agnes top. I bought 1 meter each of the white and black colourways.
So whilst I was waiting for my order, I made my first Agnes with the pink and white polka dot cut off I bought from Flo Jo’s Boutique when I went to the Craft 4 Crafters show back in October. This one has shrunk a bit in the wash but as long as it doesn’t keep shrinking, it should be ok!
I cut my usual size for Tilly and the Buttons patterns (size 3) but I traced the sleeve pattern first because I wanted elbow length sleeves without the gathering. I didn’t want to cut the pattern in case I want to make long sleeved versions at some point.
I sewed a 1cm seam allowance out of habit but actually it was a good move because the sleeves are snug on my upper arms! Not uncomfortable snug, but snug. No doubt they would’ve been too tight if I’d sewn them at the 1.5cm seam allowance that is on the pattern.
When my order arrived, I got started on making them up straight away, both were completed within a week of the fabric arriving!
And OMG – that fabric is soooooooooo incredibly soft!!
On another note, I struggled with my coverstitch machine again. I was using the middle and right hand needles to get nice, neat double lines of stitching on the hems and neckbands. But for some reason the middle needle kept skipping stitches, even with a brand new needle and it did it on ALL three of the tops. So definitely not the neatest top stitching I’ve ever done, but I’m not fussing too much because let’s face it, who’s gonna be staring at my hems?! HA HA!!
Anyway, as internet searches for tutorials and videos have brought up very little for coverstitches, I’ve decided to have some tuition from the place my fiancé bought the coverstitch. Hopefully I will get better results and be less frustrated with it after some tuition.
So other than the issues with my coverstitch, I have three cute tops that I’m very pleased with and definitely get loads of wear – another staple in my versatile wardrobe for sho!