Tilly & the Buttons – Agnes Tshirt

The first of my none Make Nine makes for 2019 (and the first of three jersey tshirts) is the Agnes tee by Tilly & the Buttons. This pattern has been around for a while and is incredibly popular.

agnes complete

As with all Tilly’s patterns, it is very beginner friendly and has clear, detailed instructions. If it is your first jersey make, you are in safe hands!

I’ve tried a few jersey tshirts and I always enjoy them as they are quick and easy. I feel I’m becoming a bit of a pro at jersey tops, in fact my mum once told me to stick to what I’m good at with sewing (meaning jersey tops) when I completely butchered something more tailored! I’ve also managed to insert neckbands with no tucks or puckers at all!!! High five to me!

agnes neckline

One of the reasons I was drawn to the Agnes tee, was the extra details you can add. I liked the ruching detail that was an option and you can add ruched sleeves as well. There is of course, the option for the standard tee as well and different sleeve lengths. I went for a full length, normal sleeve and the ruched neckline. I’ve never done ruching before, and enjoyed trying something new.

agnes ruching

The fabric I used was a lovely pale pink leopard print cotton jersey from Like Sew Amazing. They appear to have sold out of this fabric but there a couple of other leopard print jerseys and loads of other prints. As you can probably guess, I am a huge leopard print fan. In my opinion it is a neutral and is always in fashion! The colour is a bit different for me. I’m not really a pink fan but I was drawn to this fabric. It’s really soft and cosy to wear.

The construction of the top is pretty simple. If you’ve made a Tilly pattern or a jersey tshirt top before, then you’ll know what to expect. I also remembered that I had the online class for the Agnes top. I bought it a couple of years ago in a sale but had never used it. It was really useful to see everything being made and I never looked at the instruction booklet as I was making it. The course means you get even more detailed information so making the top is super easy. It made me think about doing more online classes, but that’s a separate blog post!


I made a size 5, which is my standard size in Tilly’s patterns. I didn’t make any alterations to the pattern. As it’s a jersey pattern, fit shouldn’t really be an issue. I’m not sure what length I used for the hem. I just tried it on and decided where I wanted the hem to be! The fit is quite a tight fit, so it is a different type of top to the Frankie tee, Edie top, Molly top and Freya top. It’s nice to have variety!

The only things I would do differently next time is to understitch (or topstitch) the neckline seam allowance down. I’ve overlocked it and pressed it a gazillion times but it keeps turning up so is visible around my neck. I would also use a longer piece of elastic for the ruching. Tilly does advise you to use a longer piece if you have big boobs. I don’t think my boobs are that big but I could do with a bit more ruching.

This is a great pattern and quick and simple sew. I love the different variations and would like to make a few in different, fun prints!


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