Tilly & the Buttons – Frankie Tshirt

I’ve managed to sneak in a quick and easy weekend sewing project and it’s turned out so well! I seem to have a love for sewing jersey at the moment and have been making quite a few simple jersey tops. There’s nothing better than a quick, satisfying sew!

This weekend, I made my second project from Tilly’s Stretch sewing book – The Frankie Tshirt. It was a bit of a spontaneous make but I’m so pleased with it. I decided to knock one up after doing a bit of online fabric shopping earlier last week.


Photo from Tilly & the Buttons website

The fabric was from Stitchy Bee and is a gorgeous cotton jersey. It’s listed as the perfect jersey and I’d already seen it used to make a couple of Frankie Tee’s in Cheryl’s YouTube videos. I saw that she had black and a light grey available so I bought a metre of each. I have to say that the fabric is gorgeous. It’s such good quality and really is the perfect jersey! Also, she offers free UK delivery and it was beautifully packaged. (I’m not sponsored by her, just really impressed with the fabric and service!)

The construction of the top is pretty simple. Sew the front sleeve to the bodice front, then attach the back bodice, add the neckband, side seams and then hem. The neckband is probably the trickiest part but Tilly gives superb, clear instructions with lots of photos to help. It’s also really nice to be able to mix and match colours and choose different sleeve lengths. I will probably make another few of these over the winter and maybe even into the summer.

I made a straight size 5, which I usually do in Tilly’s patterns and used the 3/4 length sleeves. There’s not really much else to say, other than it’s  a fab simple top!

Frankie wearing


Pattern review

Name: Frankie Tshirt

Company: Tilly & the Buttons

Description: Designed for single knit jersey, the Frankie T-shirt is the second pattern in the book. It has a relaxed fit, with easy-to-sew raglan sleeves, a round neckband, gentle curved and dipped hem, and a choice of full length, three-quarter or cap sleeves.

Printed or PDF: It’s a pattern in Tilly’s second book – Stretch.

Sizing: Tilly’s patterns are sized 1-8. I made a size 5, which I think is around a UK 14.

Alterations: None

Fabric: I used a light grey cotton jersey for the bodice pieces and a black cotton jersey for the sleeves and neckband. These were from Stitchy Bee.

Difficulty rating:  This is an easy pattern and I would say suitable for beginners to knit fabrics.

Difficulties encountered: None really, just the neckband being the hardest part.

Time taken: 1-2 hours

Recommend: Ummm…. yeah!!

What would I change?: Nothing!

My favourite thing: I love the raglan sleeves and the opportunity for colour blocking.

frankie complete

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