Agnes top

I have a confession to make – I’ve always been terrified of sewing with jersey!  I mean, people throw around phrases like ‘negative ease.  How was I supposed to know what that kind of stuff meant?  A while back, I did make a Simple Sew Brigitte dress from jersey, but it was very thick with very little stretch and I didn’t have to worry about fitting.  Since then, I have avoided jersey fabrics, despite rather liking them.  However, a couple of months ago, I won two metres of fabric from Girl Charlee in a giveaway over at So, Zo, and I thought the best way to show my appreciation was to just take the plunge and make something with my spoils.

I decided on the Tilly and the Buttons Agnes Top because I thought it would suit the fabric (Got Dog Almond Blue), and because I thought it was quite a versatile top that would match a lot of my clothes.  I made the long-sleeved, plain version because I thought it would suit me best.

It turns out I was worrying for no good reason!  It was nowhere near as challenging as I had expected.  It was harder to cut and the raw edges curved a little, but not so much that it was horribly distressing.  I found the neckline part a tad confusing – in fact, I did that bit wrong, but I managed to improvise and it all came together alright.  And I now understand what negative ease is.  Kind of.  One thing I loved about it was not needing to finish the raw edges.  Major bonus!  It knock so much time off your sewing.

I sewed the entire top on my regular sewing machine, but I’ll definitely make more (because I love it!) and I’ll pluck up the bravery to have a go at making one on my overlocker.  You know, when I’m less terrified of it!

I’d like to say a massive thank you to Zoe and Girl Charlee for holding the giveaway.  I’m chuffed to bits with my fabric.  It’s so soft and I love the pattern.  The great news is I have loads left over, so I’ll get at least one other garment out of it.

Most importantly, I’m no longer scared of jersey!  🙂  I’ve had Tilly’s Coco pattern (and the fabric intended for it) stashed away for ages because I like it so much and don’t want to ruin it.  Now I can finally make it. 😀

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#therefashioners2015

Did anyone else take part in the Refashioners 2015?  I did, although I’m a month late in blogging about it.

The second I read about this on Portia Lawrie’s blog (the Makery), I was hooked on the idea.  I’m getting really into the idea of refashioning things, customising, hacking things apart and making something new – basically, making stuff last longer!  We live in a society that seems to have adopted an almost disposable attitude towards clothes, which seems incredibly wasteful to me.  Whatever happened to make do and mend?  It’s brilliant that Portia is trying to bring that back, and it was great to see so many sewists offering up lovely prizes for encouragement.

I loved seeing the wide variety of creations – I can’t believe what some people got out of one shirt.  Such amazing transformations! Some people are so clever.  I went for a more humble transformation myself – a loose fitting shirt dress with an elasticated waste and lace trim.  My shirt was only £3.50 from a charity shop and started out as size XXXL.  I really enjoyed turning into something new and I’m already looking forward to Refashioners 2016 😀