During me-made-may I decided to switch things up in my sewing. Up until then I had been sewing exclusively with Colette patterns and had taught myself sewing by looking at pictures in books and blogposts. I started sewing with different patterns and signed up for two online workshops at Tilly and the buttons: the learn to sew a skirt and learn to sew jersey tops ones.
Last night I did the skirt workshop and tonight I did the jersey top workshop. Both workshops are aimed at true beginners, something I no longer am as I discovered. Even though I breezed through, I did pick up some handy tips here and there and I really enjoyed having Tilly chatting about the projects while I was working along.
The patterns used are Dominique and Agnes. I had my eyes on the Agnes pattern for a while. I love knit tops and like having another pattern. It’s a pretty top with a nice feminine cut and optional details like ruched sleeves and a ruched neckline.
I’m not a big fan of the Dominique skirt. Elasticized waists are not my thing. I do like the lines of the flared version, I kind of mistook it for the Miette skirt (that I prefer) and was slightly dissapointed it turned out to be the Dominique. The elastic bunches up and gives a bumpy silhouette while I prefer sleek lines.
I chose a black crepe for the Dominique that I fully lined. I went for the flared version with a sash (to hide the elastic) and finished the hem with a satin band. The construction of this skirt is really easy.
I chose a blue striped jersey for my Agnes shirt. At first I wanted to make the version with ruched everything, but I backed out of the ruched sleeves (again: sleek lines are my preference). I might try them later on, but I really wanted this top to be great and didn’t want to end up with something I might regret. Together these seemed like a really nice outfit to me, a bit Parisian. I made the skirt in a Tilly size six and the shirt in a size five.
The construction of the top was easy to follow. It obviously wasn’t my first jersey project, but I managed to pick up some new tips on working with jersey. I prefer finishing my hems with a twin needle to the zigzag Tilly uses and deviated from her instructions for the hems and neckband.
I would recommend these workshops for beginners. They’re easy to follow along, the steps are clear and you can take your time sewing. Tilly has a pleasant and clear way of explaining things. It’s just clear to me that I should be aiming at something with a bit more difficulty to it.
I really like the patterns of Tilly so far. They have the clean lines I love and you can really have a go at personalizing them. I can imagine filling my wardrobe with them and be really happy about that.
Next day I made a tiny version for my little girl. She did get the ruffled sleeves!