How I picked my first sewing pattern + Agnes top and miette skirt

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When I started to learn how to sew I was looking for patterns suitable for beginners, but didn’t really find anything I liked. Until I found this lovely blog and site. Tilly walnes from Tilly and the buttons introduces herself as designing “step-by-step guides to sewing your own clothes for the new wave of DIY dressmakers”.

Miette skirt is the first garment I ever made a few years ago. The title that caught my eyes was “the perfect sewing project for beginners!”.  Well. I didn’t believe. It looks complicated…..but the detailed tutorials and the friendly attitude were very convincing. So I bought some denim fabric and jumped in to the cold water. And what can I say? Like a magic I made a skirt. A comfortable, flared wraparound skirt with detail like a bow at the front and patch pockets.

It’s not made perfect, true, but still …a skirt. And not just a skirt, but one of my favorites. I wear it at least once a week. Love.

In one of the next posts I’ll write about some other cool sewing patterns for beginners.

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Now the top. I wanted to sew Agnes top since it was published in June, but didn’t have the time. It’s a close-fitting jersey top with a few neckline and sleeve options. It’s very versatile and suitable for wearing with anything. Tilly’s instructions are always very clear and friendly, even for beginners, and if you are new to sewing with knits you can also sign up to an online video workshop that will accompany you step by step through the process of sewing your agnes top.

  Sewing with knits is a bit trickier then sewing with woven fabrics because of the stretch. This pattern is skill level is for “improvers”, but don’t lose confidence because if you don’t have any experience the coco top and dress pattern is a good way to start. I made a few Coco’s (I’ll write about it in another post).

Anyway, you don’t need a special machine for sewing with knits. A regular machine with zigzag stich is OK.

I made my Agnes with a ruched neckline. The fabric is a light viscose (a bit slippery but no big deal). Big LIKE. A few more knit fabrics are waiting now to become Agnes.

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