Another Agnes

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So I’ve made another Tilly and the Buttons Agnes.

After a week of decorating and new wardrobe chaos my second Agnes had laid half finished for a week. Hidden behind boxes and temporary clothes rails my machine has been out of reach but this weekend I was able to finish her off.

Having learnt where it was a little snug on the first one 

Tilly Agnes

leading me to let out the long seam from the elbow to the armpit and taper in at the waist, I retraced the pattern to give me the perfect layering jersey pattern.

And here’s the result

Tilly and the Buttons Agnes Tilly and the Buttons Agnes

So have I learnt anything during this second make of the Agnes?

Yes. Don’t use cheap thread.

In my haste to get this top under way I used the only similar coloured thread I had; a non-descript reel of grey.

Things were going well until my machine started to skip stitches with depressing regularity. I switched to my spare piece of fabric. I re threaded my machine.  I rewound the bobbin. I changed the needle. I undid the base plate and gave everything a good blow and a good sweep.

No improvement.

I succumbed to the thought that perhaps it was time for a service.

Then I googled ‘skipped stitches’ and straight away came up with the answer – cheap thread.

Thread changed, problem solved.

Unfortunately I hadn’t spotted these skipped stitches!Tilly and the Buttons Agnes

But I hope only I will notice.


Still enjoying the joy of a tripod and remote controlled camera!

Love, Lucie xx

27 comments

  1. I knew that fabric would look fabulous.
    I was vaguely thinking of hacking the Agnes as a dress yesterday but I ended up cutting another Lady Skater. It’s something I might do in the future though.

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    1. Yes, I’m very pleased with it. I’m not sure about hacking this one as a dress. It would be a little plain for me. I would need something a little more interesting ‘up top’.

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  2. Oh wow, I love the bird fabric! Just goes to prove that a T-shirt doesn’t have to be boring:) I don’t know about you, but I find Gutermanns to be the best quality thread out there and buy black and white on 1000m reels which last ages.

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    1. Yes, it’s Fabworks jersey. I called around there the other Saturday but to my dismay saw that it closed at 2pm, not at 4 which is what I thought. Think my daughter was quite relieved though. Saved me a fortune:(

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  3. Great fabric choice, I think I might follow your example with my next version of this. I found it came up pretty small too, especially on the sleeves of all places, although I suspect it all depends on the fabric… Looks great on you!

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    1. I’m beginning to understand that most patterns are drafted for a B cup. I’m having more success now that I understand I am narrow across the back (so downsize for the neck and shoulders area), bigger across the front and upper arms(up size here), and normal around the waist! It’s only taken me a year!

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  4. I was really interested to read this as I’ve had similar problems in the past with sewing knits that I couldn’t fix. What counts as good quality thread because I only use Gutterman (it’s pretty much the only choice) and I’ve still had some issues. Your top looks great by the way!

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    1. To be honest, I’m still getting the odd annoying skipped stitch but nothing like what was happening. I’m not sure what else to do apart from keeping my fingers crossed. I really think she’s due for a service though.

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