#TNT: The Agnes top

Hi there!

So yes, I am having a little bit of a blog post catch up session; I’ve not blogged for weeks but that is partly because a lot of what I’ve been making has been repeats to fill out my autumn wardrobe a little.  However, this month on the Sewcialists website is all about the beauty of the TNT so I thought I’d include a few on here after all.

First up is the Tilly and the Buttons Agnes top.  This truly is a TNT (tried ‘n’ tested) pattern for me.  After initial reservations, this top has gone on to become a major part of my wardrobe.

So why do I love it?

Because I’m a working mum and realistically, in a dress down office environment, that means I wear jeans and a jersey top A LOT of the time.

I know, I should apply more style or whatever, but honestly, between getting up before 6 every working day, getting myself and the kids ready in 40 minutes flat and then working on a team which consists of me and over a dozen blokes, I just don’t feel the urge to dress up that often.

Enter Agnes.  She’s fitted, she’s comfy, she can be made in a multitude of prints, she can be thrown on under jumpers, jackets, dungaree dresses or just over jeans and she brings just a little more style than a plain T.

Obviously what I mostly make her in are stripes.  True, there was the flamingo print one


the penguin print one, the feather print one,


the stag print one,


and various others.  But what this pattern really looks great in are stripes.


This version in particular is starting to fall apart from consistent wear.  So I thought I’d make another one. Or 3.

I started with a lighter blue thick stripe, a length of jersey I bought from Minerva purely to take my order over into free delivery (genuinely, this saved money.  And I got extra fabric. Win win)

Then I made a brighter blue striped one in jersey from Fabrics Galore (one of my Great British Sewing Bee Live purchases).  Clearly it’s exactly the same make, and almost the same colour.  Colour me totally undeterred.

And finally, I pulled together this deeper blue stripe with added flamingos in jersey I got from Crafty Sew and So at their meet up at the start of the year.

One might imagine that this would be the end of my Agnes streak for the time being and indeed, I may intersperse with the odd Gable top, purely for a little neckline interest.  I can think of 4 jerseys on the to sew pile right now which are desitened for one or the other. But, realistically, I’m not entirely sure I can have too many Agnes tops.

I can squeeze one out of a metre of jersey.  I can put one together in well under an hour. And it’s a very long time since I needed to refer to the instructions!

#TNT at its best!


Becca x


Pattern: Tilly and the Buttons Agnes top

My measurements: bust 35″: waist  31″: hip 41″

Size cut: 4 on top grading to a 5 at the hips

Adjustments made: narrowed the neckline by about 1″

Fabric: 1m striped jersey from Minerva

1m striped jersey from Fabrics Galore

1m flamingo striped jersey from Crafty Sew and So

Future adjustments: Nope

Make again: Ad infinitum


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