I can’t claim that this Tilly and the Buttons Agnes top was the easiest make but I can claim to love it!
Why so tricky, Karen?
Well first, there were the one million pins needed for stripe matching.
Then there was the tiny matter of the fact that this fabric hated my needles. Stitches skipped and jumped terribly and in the end I abandoned top stitching the neckline.
I asked for advice on Twitter, though you’ll see my sleeve hems still have wonky stitching. I’d had a belly full of unpicking by this stage.
The Twitter advice that came back was:
- Use good quality thread.
- Use a jersey needle (rounded tip) for cotton jerseys and a stretch needle (pointed tip) for stretch fabrics that contain lycra, spandex or elastic.
- Indulge in a spot of trial and error to find the right needle/fabric combo.
Of course, it would help if I’d had any recollection what the content of my fabric was. I guess I needed a stretch needle. Which I didn’t have. I guess I’ll order some.
The good news is that my new top goes ridiculously well with my desert boots.
I have one more Agnes top cut out and then I think that’s more than enough to see me through this winter. Have you had similair experiences with skipping and wonky stitches? And without references to hand, how do you tell if a stretch fabric contains spandex or lycra?