My very first jersey garment – A tie-dye Agnes top


Evening lovelies! So I have been facing a bit of a struggle over the past week or so – it’s been a real struggle to find any sewing time. This is all to be blamed on celebrations for my 30th birthday!

I had the most amazing time though – and have crammed so much in. Much shopping, eating and drinking… I know, such a chore!

Anyway, as of next week I am back on the sewing – and healthy eating for that matter…

So I’ve had this top to blog for a while now. This was a really exciting piece to stitch up. Why you ask? Well, because this was my first ever venture into using jersey! And I think it all went pretty well 🙂

This is a Tilly & the Buttons Agnes top made with a gorgeous viscose jersey from Backstitch.

The pattern itself was another PDF, which I’m quite getting into using… perhaps even more so than paper patterns. I love Tilly’s patterns – they are always very clear and straightforward to use. And the fit of this was perfect!  I opted for the simple plain version.

The fabric was a bit of a tricky one to sew – even just based on the randomness of the pattern. It has a tie-dye effect to the pattern, which runs in lines up and down the fabric, but not straight or even. I spent ages umming and erring over where to cut the top out. In the end I tried to find the most uniform secion that I could and kind of thought, oh well, it will be cool if it looks random!

My first experience with sewing jersey was surprisingly pain and swear-word free. I already had a walking foot for my sewing machine, so I made use of that. And I am also lucky to have shared use of my mother-in-law’s overlocker too. I prepped myself before starting to sew the jersey by watching a couple of YouTube videos as well as reading lots of top tips. One thing that really helped was just making sure that the fabric wasn’t draped off of the sewing machine while sewing. I kept it all together and tried to keep any pulling around to an absolute minimum. And I think that using the walking foot really helped too, rather than a normal zigzag foot.

I’m really pleased with the finished piece. I think it looks a little bit grungey, but with a lovely feminine fit. And I felt so proud for using jersey for the first time! High five to that.

Have a lovely week ahead everyone.


Pattern: Agnes top by Tilly & the Buttons

Fabric: Backstitch

Size made: 2



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