The Agnes

The Agnes

Regular readers of my blog will recognise this as my third Agnes by Tilly Waynes of Great British Sewing Bee fame.

The pattern is definitely one I’ll be keeping at the top of my pattern pile.

Remembering all I’d picked up from Tilly’s online course, like stabilising the shoulder seams with a narrow strip of ribbon, I had hoped to whizz through this one.

Agnes

I had been so impressed with my first and second.

I was ready to cut into some decent quality fabric. I’d spotted this fine striped jersey on the Minerva website a few months before and when it arrived I knew it was perfect.

Minerva jersey

It was fine enough but with a really lovely weight. Whilst I took time to ensure my stripes were all horizontal, it cut like a dream with no curling edges.

Then. BIG PROBLEM. My machine started skipping stitches. This had happened a little while back but I thought I’d solved it by changing to some better quality thread and playing with my tension.

The problem got worse and worse. I tried everything, I googled everything. I changed needles from ballpoint to stretch, back to woven again. I found tension dials on my machine that I’d never twiddled before. I tried sewing with a layer of paper beneath. My machine still worked perfectly on woven but hated the stretch. Was it the fabric?

Why, after no previous problems, was this happening now?

With a sense of impending doom I had to take up the last piece of advice Google had come up with. Time for a service.

With the machine delivered  to the man that can, I hauled my stand-in machine from the loft, plugged it in and Voila! Perfect stitches.

Agnes

I’m hoping the neckline might settle down a little more once it’s been through the wash as my others have done.

I love the front gather. It’s another skill I’ve picked up.


The jersey is so soft and comfortable and surprisingly warm!

agnes

I really feel I’ve nailed this one.

Agnes

My daughter asked, ‘Did you make that?’

Love, Lucie xx

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About lovelucie1

I cannot sit without something in my hands to sew, crochet, sketch etc. This becoming something of an addiction. In fact, I start to get twitchy if I am stationary somewhere, waiting for an appointment, waiting for my daughter, away with work, without some project to keep my hands busy. Minutes wasted make me anxious. This blog logs my progress to raise funds through my creations to feed my textile habbit.

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  1. Another nice one – even though it was more of a struggle to get to the end this time. I hope your machine gets well soon.
    BTW I like your hair with that little ‘flick’ in it.

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    • Thank you. I just need to go and pick mine up and discover the damage. It’s a couple of years since the last service so I can’t complain. The machine man did try and flog me a new machine whilst I was there though!

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  2. A great top! Shame about the sewing machine problems but hopefully it will come back good as new.

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  3. Did you make that is the highest most compliment in my book. As you have said to me ‘who needs boden?’ great make Lucie. Jo x

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  4. Looking good. Hair and the Agnes. I have 4 now but one is so wrong fabric for out but will make a lovely pj top. Well done K xXx

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  5. Lovely! You’ve got the fit just right too, fitted without being too tight. If you don’t mind me asking what size did you cut? And did you add width to the sleeves at all?

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    • Just checked, size 4. I added a cm to all side seams, that is under arm and down the sides until the hips where I took it in by a cm. My upper arms are quite muscly in proportion to the rest of me!
      I would allow generous side seams, run a long straight basting stitch to check fit, then adjust.
      I cut a straight 4 for the first one but had to reduce the seam allowances to just about get away with it.

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  6. very nice! Glad the back up machine worked… although it does mean that something is wrong with the regular machine, it confirms that you do know what you are doing! Shirt looks lovely on you.

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  7. No need to buy jersey anything now you’ve got these off to a T. Love that stripy fabric – I’ve got a Sea Salt one in almost identical fabric:)

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  8. It looks fab Lucie, you will soon be able to run this top off with your eyes shut! I have the Agnes top high up on my to-do list. It was at the top but has been bumped down a couple of times as they do but hopefully soon it will get sewn! I love that this pattern really is an every day wear and yours definitely look like you bought them from the high st – but better!!

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  9. Well done for persevering! Your top looks great, the third of many more!.

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  10. I do like the gather at the front. It’s nice to have an accent to the top. I love it when your family asks if you made that… usually in our house I was making it right under their noses, and now they notice! Your top is lovely!

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  11. It looks great. I agree with other commenters. Do I really need to buy this pattern? Fingers crossed that your machine comes back for as new.

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  12. Daughters are the toughest critics! Definitely my favourite Agnes so far 🙂

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  13. “Did you make that?” from your daughter!!!! Wow, what an accolade 🙂 x

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  14. You’re a dab hand bow with the elastic. It looks so rtw and the fit it perfect. Love it 😀

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