Summer of Dresses: The Réglisse Dress

I’ve come to the decision that this is to be the Summer of Dresses. I’ve been up to lots of dressmaking and have several more dress patterns I’ve been dying to try. Couple that with the fact that dresses are perfection for summer heat, and you’ve got the Summer of Dresses. It’s official. Okay it’s totally not, but it can be official in my own little world, no?

I haven’t exactly worked out all the details yet, but my rough plans are to sew and wear lots of dresses and feature them here on le blog. If any of you lovely dressmakers out there would like to join in, that would be fab!

First up in my Summer of Dresses lineup is the Réglisse Dress from Deer and Doe Patterns! I adore Deer and Doe. I absolutely love the styles of French sewing pattern designs. (No surprise. If you know me, you know I’m a bit of a Francophile.) They are so different from what most people wear and have gorgeous feminine elements and shapes. If you have never sewn anything from Deer and Doe, I highly recommend them! They even have a fantastic FREE pattern, the Plantain Tee, which is one of the very first things I ever sewed for myself. You can download the PDF for that one here (you’ll need to create an account with Deer and Doe) and then you’ll be hooked.


The Réglisse is a sweet, ultra-feminine style dress that has a lovely vintage vibe. I bought the pattern about six months ago; I had been searching for something like it and once I came across the Réglisse Dress, it was true love I tell you. In fact, I almost exclusively use PDF patterns because of cost and convenience, but the Réglisse was my very first purchase of a paper pattern AND I ordered it all the way from France. That’s how much I had to have it.

The instructions for the pattern come in both French and English, and they are extremely clear and easy to follow. The Réglisse is rated an intermediate pattern, and I would agree with that simply because it has lots of pattern pieces and techniques, including shoulder yokes, bust darts, and of course the darling bow neck collar. BUT there are no closures, so if you’re intimidated by zippers or buttons, this might be a good intermediate pattern to try. It’s simply a matter of following all the instructions.

I didn’t make many changes at all to the pattern. Some added length to the skirt was a must because I like my dresses and skirts to fall below the knee. Initially, I tried to change the sleeves up because I was worried they wouldn’t have the coverage I like. I cut a sleeve pattern from another dress and tried to sub it in, but that didn’t work very well at all. The Réglisse has pretty large openings for the sleeves, and the cap sleeve pattern is really the best fit for the silhouette of the dress. Once I’d made it, I realized that the shoulders are wider than most bodices so even though the sleeves are quite petite, it actually gave me enough coverage. I may try to add more fabric in the underarm area next time I make this dress, just to lend a bit more coverage there.

I sewed my Réglisse in a lovely gray clip dot fabric by Michael Miller Fabrics I bought from fabric.com. It looks like they no longer have the gray, but it comes in black or white, both of which would be lovely for the Réglisse! The fabric was perfect for a light summer dress. It’s so floaty and feminine!


Love my little eye-patch wearing, Gogurt-eating assistant! Here you can kind of see the sleeve issues I was talking about. I wore a Down East Wonder Tee underneath and it gave me a bit more coverage without showing too much.

I’m going to get a lot of wear out of this dress this summer. Yesterday was quite warm and I wore it all day and loved it. Plus I think with tights and a cardigan it’ll be just perfect in winter as well, so the Réglisse Dress is an absolute triumph in my book. C’est magnifique!

Pattern Hacking

Hey lovelies! I’m current across the pond in the U.K. (you can follow my adventures on Instagram @thelatesew) but I wanted to pop in and let you know some details about my next round of sewing classes I’ll be teaching at Thimbles and Threads this month! These ones are all about pattern hacking our good old favorite Scout Tee by Grainline Studio. 

Peter Pan collar Scout Tee

I’ll be teaching you how to take one sewing pattern (the Scout Tee, in this case) and change it round to get at least ten different looks! You can use pattern hacking to make dresses and a variety of different tops to build a whole wardrobe with just one pattern. 

Make dresses, add ruffles, a collar, and more and I’ll give everyone in the class detailed instruction on how to create ten different great pattern hacks. 

Ruffle Scout TeeScout Dress
Come to the class planning on making one version of the pattern but going home with the instructions for all! You most certainly can and should take this class even if you didn’t take my first class. I’d love to have you! If you’ve never made the basic Scout Tee, I’d recommend starting with that, but I can still help you with that and show you how to do the pattern hacks. 

If you’re a confident beginning sewer and you’d love to make some handmade clothing, I would love to have you in my class! Sign up here!!!

Scout Dress

Taking The Late Sew on the (wrong side of the) Road!

I’ve got some huge, exciting, British news. That’s right. Get ready for The Late Sew’s British Isles Adventure!


In one week from today, Mr. Late Sew and I are headed on the trip of a lifetime!

Let me back up to explain how this came about. Last fall, I was visiting my parents when I received a phone call from my husband. He said, “I’m about to do something very irresponsible.” Cue the horror, right? First you must know that my husband is a wizard at getting amazing travel deals. Amazing. It’s a talent I’ve never seen matched. But it’s been years since we’ve gone on a trip, because, you know, life and stuff.

ANYWAY, he found some absolutely incredible flights to Europe. Like, cheaper than lots of domestic flights. It was insane. There were several cities included, and we deliberated for a bit about where we might want to go. One of the options was Dublin, and we decided that we could fly there, spend a few days in Ireland, and then make the tour of Scotland, England, and maybe Wales. A British Isles Grand Tour!

I’m pretty much obsessed with all things British. I studied British literature in college (and I’m a Ravenclaw for life), we love British music,  both of our ancestries have huge Irish and British origins, and pretty much everything I watch is produced by the BBC. We cannot wait. We’re renting a car and driving all around (on the wrong side of the road, yikes!) and it’s going to be absolutely brilliant. Really smashing.


So that’s where we’re headed! We’ll be leaving in a week, I’ve got loads to do, I’m super overwhelmed, I’m sad to be leaving my babies, but I’m also INCREDIBLY excited. We’ve got some amazing things on our itinerary, and are going to try our best to see and do as much as we possibly can.

I’m also going to be sharing tons of handmade clothing I’ll be wearing on our trip, including a few things I’m feverishly sewing last minute, in true Vienna fashion. We’ll see how much I get done!


This quilt is the Victory Garden pattern. I made this almost four years ago for my husband for his birthday. I actually brought it with me to give it to him at the hospital because our little boy was born three days before my husband’s birthday. He saw the quilt rolled up and thought it was for the baby, but it was for him! It’s probably the coolest quilt I’ve ever made. I kind of want to pack it so we can take pictures of it over there, but maybe that’s insane? Still might do it…

I would love to hear any suggestions you have for things we must do. I’ve got a few sewing stops on my wish list, and I’m hoping to share some of our adventures along the way. I plan on getting a few posts written while we’re there, but be sure to follow along @thelatesew on Instagram to see all of our grand and lovely British adventures! Pip pip, cheerio, darlings!

Rosa and Rosie Patterns + Giveaway!!!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED

The winner of the Rosa and Rosie Patterns is…..

Antoinette Brown!!!

Congratulations Antoinette! I hope you love your new patterns! I’ll be sending you an email to set up your prize. For the rest of you lovelies who entered, thank you so much! I really expected to get like five entries, and I was blown away by all the love and kind comments. Thank you all so much. Please stick around for more sewing fun and more giveaways in the future!

Original Post

Hey friends! Today I’m really excited to share with you the Rosa and Rosie patterns, my new favorite top patterns these days. Kate of  See Kate Sew has been releasing all sorts of fantastic new patterns over the last few weeks. I’m pleased to present my versions of her Rosa top for women and the matching Rosie top for little girlies! I’ll be sharing some details of the patterns, but if you’d rather skip my ramblings, there’s a giveaway at the end of the post!

The Rosa Top is a loose, flowy, knit peplum top with a high-low hemline. It’s got dolman sleeves (the easiest kind to sew!) and the option for long sleeves as well. The recommended fabrics are light to mid-weight knits. It doesn’t have to be super duper stretchy, because the fit is so relaxed, but you want it have a lovely drape. This vibrant floral is from Girl Charlee, and I wish I had bought more, because it’s divine, and perfect for the Rosa.

I love this top. The fit is easy and forgiving; you can throw it on with jeans or leggins and be comfortable but still look put together. It’s super cute for maternity as well, and it makes a fantastic nursing top because it’s roomy enough to pull up AND cover your baby. I’m always on the lookout for patterns that are as flexible and transitional as this one.

Kate has also designed the Rosie Top, which is the mini-me version of the Rosa and it is EVERYTHING, I tell you! I was lucky enough to test this pattern for her, and I loved it so much on my little flower that I made her three right away. It is the PERFECT little girls’ top. It comes in sizes 18 months-10 and it’s SOOOOO fast and easy to sew.

This girl is obsessed with flamingos, so I made her this one in this lovely cotton jersey flamingo knit. I added a couple inches in length to the peplum skirt, just because she’s a tall little lady. I also like her clothes to last as long as possible, especially the ones I make for her. (P.S. I promise I’m not picking my nose here. I just couldn’t NOT use this photo, because of how fab Nolie looks.)

Rosa and Rosie Tops

These little mommy-and-me versions are from a lightweight jersey knit also from Girl Charlee. It looks like this one isn’t available anymore, but there are lots of great prints that would be perfect for a Rosa or a Rosie. Or both, as it were.

Kate’s patterns are some of my very favorites to sew, and were among the first I ever made when I started out making clothes. I love Kate’s style and designs and her patterns are really well written, with clear and helpful illustrations. They come in PDF format and are really simple to print at home and tape together.

Both the Rosa and the Rosie patterns are really well drafted for great shape and a comfortable, flattering fit. I haven’t tried the long-sleeved version yet, because it’s starting to heat up fast here in Utah, but I’m sure that come fall I will be making a few! You can buy each one seperately (Rosa for women, Rosie for littles), or you can buy them together in the bundle and save.

Now for the GIVEAWAY!!!

Kate has generously offered to give one lucky reader a copy of BOTH the Rosa and the Rosie patterns, so you can sew a couple up for yourself! To enter to win, leave a comment on this post. For an additional entry, follow Kate (@seekatesew) and me (@thelatesew) on Instagram. Leave an additional comment to say you follow us both. Winner will be announced Monday, April 24th. Good luck, and happy sewing!

Pattern Review: The Millie Dress

I simply must tell you all about my new favorite little girls’ pattern: the Millie Dress, by Mix it and Make it. It really and truly has been a miracle in my life. But I’m getting ahead of myself…

We had our family photo session scheduled for the first week of January. Our holiday season is crazier than most, because it’s like all of our birthdays and our anniversary, so I was frantically trying to clean my house, survive the holiday aftermath and exhaustion, and decide what in the world we were all going to wear for pictures. The boys’ outfits weren’t too hard to decide upon, but I was really struggling over what my little girl should wear.

She recently graduated from the toddler section in most clothing brands. And the big girl section is a sad, terrible place. It’s twice the price for half as cute. I literally cried the first time I tried to shop in the older girls’ section at Target. It was so horrible. But I could go on a super long tirade about this issue, and that would take away from the magic of the Millie Dress, so moving on…

I decided to make her something to wear since I knew that finding her something in stores would be depressing and/or expensive. I was trying to decide on a pattern and a fabric, and was feeling super overwhelmed. Did I mention that this was less than a week before our pictures? It was.

Having gone over all the patterns I already had, and all of my favorite sources for little girls’ patterns I had no ideas. Everything was either too fancy, or too plain. I wanted something simple, comfortable, and cute, but also special and unique. I happened to be scrolling along through Instagram when I saw this incredibly darling little dress. It was everything I’d been looking for! Through a bunch of hashtag hopping, I finally found the source of the pattern. It was seriously an answer to my prayers, as silly as it may sound to pray over a dress for pictures. But I did, and it was.

The Millie Dress is a FREE pattern, in sizes 3-6. There is no photo tutorial, and it’s a little more involved than your basic dress, but there are instructions on the blog as well as the pattern pieces you can download. Because this pattern is originally written in Dutch, the measurements for cutting your fabric are metric, but you can easily just look up the conversions to inches if you’d rather. I made a muslin to make sure it would fit my rather tall five year old (because maybe Dutch chickadees are tiny?) and then once I knew it would work, I frantically tried to track down the perfect fabric.

The Millie dress is for knit fabrics, (though I think I’m going to attempt to make a woven version soon) and I decided to make it up in this flamingo fabric by Rae Hoekstra for Cloud9 Fabrics. This line is adorable and my flamingo-loving girl just had to have her Millie Dress in this sweet fabric. Plus I though it expressed her individuality without being too flashy for family pictures. I wanted it! But I needed to find a place that I could get it ASAP. Lo and behold! I found some from Raspberry Creek Fabrics on Etsy, and was so excited because she is local to my area and let me do local pickup even though it was a raging blizzard that day. If you’ve never shopped Raspberry Creek Fabrics before, it’s time that you did. Their selection is amazing and they are so great to work with. It looks like she’s out of my flamingo fabric, but she’s got tons of other lovelies!

I had my fabric, had my pattern, and it was time to whip up that dress speedy fast like. Then it was picture time, and boy did this little dress fulfill all my wildest dreams. (stunning family photos by the fabulous Meg.)

Twirling


I’m so in love with this dress, and so is my girl babe. I made the ruffle extra wide on this one, because, big huge ruffles, duh, and I added two inches to the bottom of the bodice because she’s a tall gal. Instead of hemming the neckline as the pattern suggests, I added a neckband because. I prefer the finish of a neckband with knits, and it’s easy to add one. After seeing this beauty, I immediately cut two more Millies for my girl so I could fill her wardrobe with handmade sweetness and not have to resort to the sequined kittens of the dreaded big girl section.

Millie Dress Floral

This sweet floral number is too good to be true. It’s so soft and sweet and I love her in this pink. Fabric is from Knitpop and it’s a dreamy double brushed poly knit. This stuff is super popular right now; it’s what a certain direct sales clothing company makes their lovely leggings from. It looks like Knitpop is out of this particular print, but they have tons of amazing and gorgeous prints to choose from. They ship FAST too, so I highly recommend them for knit apparel fabrics.

I mean, seriously. Adorable. She’s ridiculous, by the way, took us a million years to get a picture where she wasn’t making crazy faces, but we got there in the end.

Millie Dress Leopard

This version is a little different and I’m really excited about it for summer! I love this leopard print knit from Girl Charlee (one of my longtime favorites for knits!) and I’ve had it in my stash forever. I went with short sleeves and had to do the ruffles in black because I had barely enough fabric. It’s lightweight and easy to move in, perfect for playtime this spring and summer.

Millie Dress Leopard

I love the way my little lady looks in the Millie Dress. I’m planning on making loads more, especially since she’ll need a new wardrobe for Kindergarten in a few months (I’m already dreading it!). Anyway, I highly recommend the Millie Dress pattern! It’s darling, it’s FREE, and it’s really just everything I wanted in a sweet little girls’ dress. Check out #milliedress on Instagram to see a whole lot of cuteness and get inspired to make your own!

The Joy of Needlework

You know how there’s The Joy of Painting, with Bob Ross? And it’s genius and soothing and hilarious and entertaining and just down right rad? All of those good feels are the same things I feel about needlework. Probably because I don’t paint.

When I say needlework, I guess that’s kind of an ambiguous term. For me, it means cross stitching, embroidery, or anything else I do by hand with a needle and thread. Except not mending. because I actually hate that. Everyone hates that, so don’t ever ask a person who sews if they’d like to do your mending. They might say yes, to be polite, but truthfully, ain’t nobody got time for that. But yes, cross stitching and embroidery are good for what ails ya.

I first learned to cross stitch as a wee lass. It’s probably actually one of the very first crafts I learned. My mama taught me because she always worked on cross stitch kits and I asked her if I could make one. I’m pretty sure I never finished it, but I remember thinking it was fun and enjoyable. Flash forward to my adult life, when I wanted to make a giant cross stitch for my second baby’s nursery.

Moose Cross Stitch
I designed my own pattern for this moose and poked holes into a canvas so I could cross stitch it on there. It was kind of tedious actually, but it reminded me of how much I loved doing needlework. Ever since then (that was three years ago!) I’ve always had at least one needlework project going at at time. They are perfect for traveling, long waits at the doctor’s office, or when I sit and visit with family and friends. My husband teases me because I always have to bring my needlework.

I wanted to share a couple recent projects that I’ve finished. It tends to take me awhile to finish needlework projects, not because they take a long time necessarily, but just because I only pick them up here and there. This first one I started when I was pregnant with my baby, and I finished a few months ago when I finally put his nursery together.

David Bowie Embroidery

If you can’t read my handwriting (or hand stitching, as it were), these are the lyrics from one of my favorite David Bowie songs, Golden Years:

I’ll stick with you baby for a thousand years

nothing’s gonna touch you in these golden years.

I have always loved David Bowie, and he passed away when I was just a few weeks away from having my baby boy. I love this song and I thought this lyric was particularly meaningful and descriptive of how I feel as a mother. I want them to have golden childhoods and protect them with all that I am. Anyway, lest I get too carried away and start weeping uncontrollably, as I often do when I think about mothering my babes, let’s get back to the needlework, shall we?

I asked my talented sister Chloe to draw me a scallop pattern, which I transfered onto my fabric, which is a Cirrus Solid by Cloud9 Fabrics (I’m absolutely bonkers for these solids. I don’t actually choose solid fabrics very often, but when I do, it’s almost always one of these. The colors are just so rich and beautiful.) Then I transferred the lettering, which I just typed into the computer in a font I liked and then traced it on my fabric. I was an idiot and used a fine point Sharpie, which bled onto my fabric, and I was so upset I almost scrapped the whole thing, but I just stitched more thickly over it. There are much better ways to do this, like using a frixion pen or freezer paper, which can transfer things you print directly onto your fabric. You live and you learn, eh?

I finished it off with little French knots, which are so much fun to do. I painted a wooden embroidery hoop black and mounted it to hang right in the hoop. I love the way it looks in the nursery and the sentiment it holds. We had family photos at my house a couple months ago (you’ve seen some before, and you’ll see them again, because I’m obsessed with them.), and our mind-blowingly brilliant photographer Meg took this photo of it without my even knowing. I was so glad she did, because she did a much better job than I could ever do.

Speaking of family portraits, here’s my other latest needlework project:

Cross Stitch Family Portrait
Here we are! I have wanted to do one of these for literally years! I started with this post as my inspiration. Oh Martha. The Patron Saint of a Handmade Life. Anyway, I drew individual patterns out for each family member. I did this when my baby was a newborn, and originally my figure held him in my arms. It was so cute, I kind of wish I’d still stitched it that way, but I didn’t get around to actually stitching it until about a month ago, and now he’s one, so it seemed more accurate to stitch him this way. I also had to add two little gray Russian Blue kitties, our Remy and Pippa, because we recently adopted those rascals into our family.

I cannot tell you how it thrilled me to make this. Each figure I finished brought a little squeal from my heart. My littles love it too; they got so excited when they saw themselves and kept saying “Look Daddy! It’s me! Look Daddy, it’s Remy! It’s you!”

These are obviously caricatures, so there are some inaccuracies, and you can’t capture everything about everyone, but there are some little nuances that I love. My little red Saltwater Sandals (I wear salties pretty much every day from March until October. I have many pairs.) My boy’s little turquoise glasses. My husband’s plaid shirt. He’s supposed to be much taller (he’s almost a foot taller than I am) but I didn’t realize it until after and no way was I redoing that plaid shirt. I was too proud of it and it took me a million years.

I love this so much, my only problem now is figuring out where to hang it. I want it somewhere I can always see it because it brings me so much joy. I’m excited to make another one a few years down the road when the kids are bigger (and when we have one more little one, if I can convince my husband first!). It was such a sweet project to work on and I’ll always treasure it.

In conclusion, if you’ve never tried needlework, you totally should. It’s so relaxing, helps me feel more justified in my Nextflix binge watching because at least I’m doing something while I watch, and it really is just a lovely art form. Just like Bob Ross, man.

Guess Who Teaches Sewing Lessons?

It’s me, I teach sewing lessons! I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, but I’ve been too nervous to do it and afraid that no one would really be interested in me sharing my knowledge. I teach the 16 and 17 year-old girls at my church and in December we were talking about sharing our knowledge and talents with others. One of my dear girls sent me a text message the next day and asked me if I’d ever be interested in teaching sewing lessons because her little sister wanted to learn so badly and their mom didn’t know where to take her. It was just the push I needed to get my act together and get started.

My first class began in January. I have a small group of cute little ladies ages 10-12 and we have been having so much fun working on sewing projects. We meet twice a month and I’ve put together a little syllabus of projects and it’s been a great learning experience for me as well. There have definitely been some things I’ve needed to work on as a teacher (like determining how long it will realistically take to complete certain sewing projects. I’m really bad at that.), and it’s helped me figure out how to go about teaching others to sew.

Sewing Lessons

Here we are working on our little half aprons. We do our sewing lessons in my house and it can be kind of crazy sometimes (three little kids and two cats offer up lots of distraction for excitable girlies) but we make it work. So far we have made drawstring bags using this great tutorial, little Gingermelon dollies, pillowcases (this is the easiest way to make pillowcases!), and aprons I just taught without a pattern or tutorial. Down the road we’ll be doing zipper pouches, skirts, headbands, clothing, and whatever else I can come up with that they want to make. I’m hoping to take on more students in the future as well. It’s really just so fun to see the fabrics they choose, and to indoctrinate young people with the joys of fabric hoarding, bwahahaha!

Sewing Lessons

We have our cutting and pressing station and then a table for our sewing machines. Figuring out everyone’s different machines was scary for me at first, but luckily we haven’t had too many issues. We like to listen to music (mainly the Trolls soundtrack, haha!) and have entertaining preteen conversations. Mostly about my cats, future sewing projects, and sometimes American Girl dolls, about which I know nothing, so that’s educational.

Sewing Lessons

My own little lady (who is only five) absolutely loves sewing lessons. She always wants to do exactly what the big girls are doing and she tries really hard to impress them. They are sweet with her and I try hard to be patient and teach her along with them. These little sewing lessons are making me really excited for when I can fully teach her to sew in a couple years.

My little students are adorable. They always come and tell me what they’ve been working on at home and it just makes my heart swell with sewing pride and gladness, I tell you. Teaching a new generation of sewing enthusiasts is a dream come true, really.  Teaching people to sew is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, so it’s exciting to finally be doing it! We have a lot of fun at our sewing lessons, and I feel like it’s helping me be an even better seamstress myself.

Sew Your Own Clothes

Exciting news! I’m teaching apparel sewing classes! I get asked about this often and it’s been in the works for a few months so I’m really excited to announce that registration is open for my first class. I’ve linked here to the registration page, but I wanted to talk a little more about it. The class is called Sew Your Own Clothes and it’s the perfect intro into the lovely world of apparel sewing.

Scout Tee in Cotton and Steel Tiger Fabric

When: April 4th or April 8th. We wanted to give everyone the option of a weeknight or a Saturday. It’s a three hour class.

Where: Thimbles and Threads in Draper, UT. If you’ve never shopped for fabric here, you are seriously missing out. It’s an incredible place with a huge selection!

What: We’ll be making the Scout Tee, which is a fabulous pattern by Grainline Studio. It’s one of my favorite patterns ever because it looks good on everyone and it’s easy to sew but still teaches some fundamental garment making techniques that look really professional. There’s no complicated fitting, no closures, nothing that typically scares beginners away. And it can be made from quilting cotton (or any light-to-medium-weight woven fabric) and the selection at Thimbles and Threads is fantastic.

Who: Me. And hopefully you! And my mom and my sister, because I told them they have to come.

Scout Tee with Flutter Sleeves in Lizzy House Double Gauze

We’ll also be chatting about how you can customize patterns, choose fabrics, measure yourself, how to care for handmade clothing, and any other questions you have for me about how to sew your own clothes. If these two classes are successful and well attended, there will possibly be more and I may be able to teach future topics and different types of patterns and clothes, so I’m hopeful and excited about this new teaching thing. Sewing one’s own clothing is freeing, empowering, and beyond rewarding, and I’m really looking forward to sharing that with other people.

Pattern Review: The Agnes Top by Tilly and the Buttons

I’ve made a goal to sew lots of new patterns this year and this was the first one I tried. I’ve been wanting to sew a Tilly and the Buttons pattern for ages; I first saw Tilly on The Great British Sewing Bee (the greatest reality show in the history of ever) and she is adorable and her sewing story is similar to mine. I purchased the Agnes Top pattern back in November and wanted to make it for my outfit for our family pictures we had taken in January. Here is my pattern review of the Agnes Top!

I made a wearable muslin/toile from a striped double brushed poly fabric I ordered from So Sew English Fabrics. I made a size 5 according to the measurement chart and while it fits fine and is totally wearable, it’s a little loose, especially in the shoulders and arms (my most common issue when fitting patterns), so I sized down to a 3 in the sleeves, shoulders, and arm scye and graded to a 4 in the rest of the bodice. I made the muslin with the ruched sleeves because they’re beyond adorable, but ended up deciding to go with the plain sleeves for my picture shirt, because sometimes less is more. For me, usually more is more, but for family pictures I decided to simplify.

Agnes Top Pattern Review

I made my photo shirt the long, plain sleeve version in this gorgeous red floral double brushed poly, also from So Sew English Fabrics. The fit was absolutely perfect and I loved it for my family photos. I can never find long sleeved tops in stores that look very good on me or that come in cute prints (basically the story of why I started sewing clothes in the first place) so I was really excited that this pattern turned out so well.

Agnes Top Pattern Review

Pattern Review of the Agnes Top

I recently made this other version because I needed more puffed sleeves in my life. This is sewn up with a Liverpool knit fabric that was a designer remnant from a local fabric shop. Liverpool is a bit thicker knit (a great beginner knit because it doesn’t shift or roll!) and I thought that the added structure would make for puffed sleeves that Anne would be proud of. I was not wrong.

Pattern Review of the Agnes Top

I love this top. It’s flirty and feminine, and the waist shaping and sleeves are super flattering. There is another neckline option that is also super cute, but I’m a little busty these days thanks to a nursing babe, so maybe I’ll try that one down. I also want to make a dress version of this baby, because I love the fit of it so much.

Pattern Review of the Agnes Top

As for the pattern details, I’ve seldom sewn a pattern with more helpful instructions or bonus tips. This is seriously a lot of bang for your buck, considering there are several variations so you can fill your wardrobe with these. There are tips for sewing with knits, how to print out and assemble your pattern, and gorgeous full color photos of each step of the process along with the written instructions. So that’s my pattern review of the Agnes Top; it’s a dream to sew and a favorite in my pattern arsenal.