Refashioned Agnes Top

A few weeks ago, my husband was sorting through some of his clothes.  My eager eye spotted a striped blue t-shirt destined for the charity bag.  It was barely worn – Anthony got it a couple of years ago and simply didn’t like the fit of it – so I snaffled the nearly new top away to refashion later on.  And here’s what I came up with!

Not bad, eh?  A nice Breton top that I can wear casually with jeans (as above) or tucked in to skirts if I want to jazz it up a bit more 🙂  More importantly, I’ve given a new lease of life to an unwanted item 🙂  This was a men’s ‘slim fit’ size large before I got my hands on it.  I had enough fabric for all the pattern pieces except the neckline binding, so I grabbed another white t-shift from the aforementioned charity pile and cut it from that instead (and I’ve added the rest of that white jersey to my stash, as I’m sure it will come in useful).

The pattern: Tilly and the Buttons’ Agnes.  I’ve made this before and loved it, and I love this one too 🙂  I haven’t got enough praise for this pattern!  It comes together so easily and it’s a wardrobe staple, isn’t it?  Everyone needs some simple jersey tops.  I made the fully plain version, no ruffles or anything – it might take a little longer to sew if you’re adding those bits.

Modifications:  only that I re-used the hems on the sleeves and at the bottom to save even more time.

The cost: 100% free!  I already had the pattern and everything else was refashioned.  Score!  🙂

Darling Ranges Bee Shirt

As soon as I clapped eyes on this fabric, I knew I had to buy some.  Isn’t it wonderful?  It’s such a happy fabric!

I adore this shirt!  I knew I’d love it before I even started sewing.  It’s like the fabric and pattern got together and made the perfect baby 🙂

The pattern: Darling Ranges from Megan Nielsen.  I chose the shirt variation (obviously).  I really had fun sewing this – it was fairly simple and the instructions are great.  I love the way the neckline is finished.  There are no darts, nothing to interface or stabilise, and because it has a smocky shape I didn’t even have to grade the pattern down from the bust to fit it – no fuss at all.  I made life a tad harder for myself because I wanted a line of bees sitting perfectly matched down the centre front.  Check it out, guys!  Nearly perfect!


Modifications: the only thing I changed was the placement of the buttons, because I didn’t want to sew over any of my bees.

The fabric: a really nice cotton poplin from Fabric Godmother.  Sadly, I think they have sold out now.

The cost: I bought the fabric with a voucher I got for my birthday, so that didn’t cost me anything 🙂  I bought the pattern as a PDF for around £8, I think.  The buttons were recycled from my striped dress – they work much better with this shirt, don’t you think?  I already had the thread I needed as well, so that means it really did only cost me £8 for the pattern 🙂  Another bargain make!