Agnes & Freya Staples
Posted on Friday the 14th February 2020 by Jessalli Handmade
I hope you’re well. We’ve had some horrible weather this week and I’ve been full of cold! When is it Spring? So this month’s post is another Tilly and the Buttons Fest I’m afraid, but I’m so happy to be building more staple wardrobe pieces with the help of the blogger network.
The first pattern is the Agnes Tee by Tilly and the Buttons. I wanted a simple white, round neck top to wear under cardi’s, dresses and with jeans. I love the fitted style of the Agnes Tee and it’s very straight forward to make. It’s a great fitted tee pattern to keep in your stash and with various options to add ruffles and gathers, you can chop and change it to suit.
The second pattern was the Freya from Tilly and the Buttons ‘Stretch’ Book. It’s another easy to follow staple pattern, but with a polo neck. I absolutely adore this pattern and thought I could modify the original to make into a mid-calf dress with side splits. An easy-to-wear dress from day to night with boots or heels. That’s both stylish and super comfortable. I’m so happy with the results.
The fabric I chose for both makes was this Cotton Jersey Fabric
in White and Black. It’s a lovely thickness, very soft and washes well. The Black did fade a little after the first wash but I’m not really bothered by it. It’s not a slippery jersey so great for stretch newbies as cutting and sewing was a breeze.
I didn’t make any sizing modifications to the Agnes Pattern at all, I just went by my measurements. But for the Freya, I added more length than they suggested for the dress version in the book, and when it came to sewing, I only stitched the side seams down to where I wanted the splits to start, then top stitched the side splits before hemming. It’s a very easy hack you can add to most dress patterns so have a go!
On the Agnes tee I did add some Happy Fabric Flock Vinyl to the front. I used my Cricut to cut out this very detailed font and ironed it on for a little interest. I however have enough fabric left over to make another tee, so I have a plain one too.
So my summary; Cotton jersey in plain colours is a perfect start point if you want to have a go sewing with stretch fabrics. It’s super soft, washes well and won’t be too scary to make. The Agnes tee pattern I recommend for your stash and if you can get your hands on the Tilly and the Buttons ‘Stretch’ book once you catch the jersey bug, I highly recommend it.
I hope you like what I made this month. So happy I’m not buying mass-produced basics for my wardrobe. There’s another jersey hack coming for next month’s post!
Happy Handmade everyone!