Skill Level

Confident Beginners



Course Description

Our latest Sew-Along features the Agnes top by Tilly and The Buttons 

This class is perfect for beginners who feel nervous about using stretch fabrics. We will guide you through everything from what jersey fabric is, to finishing your cuffs and hems. This time we have also allowed for a session covering choosing your size and cutting out. We will make our top using a regular sewing machine, so don’t worry if haven’t got an overlocker. Unlike pre recorded classes you can ask questions as you go along, and we will also send you a link to the recording afterwards so you can replay any bits you want to.

We will be sewing together the plain Agnes featured in the image above.

The class runs over a series of 4 weeks with one 2hr class every week allowing you enough time to digest each stage in between classes and maybe make another one alongside.

How does it work?

The class will take place in a ‘virtual classroom’ using the video meeting software Zoom. You will need to have Zoom installed on the device you intend to use for the class, it’s free and easy to use. If you haven’t used Zoom before we suggest you have a practice before the class. Please download the free version via this link

  • We also suggest choosing a quiet area to set up your machine next to your device. To achieve the best internet connection please reduce as many items as you can that are connected to your router.
  • You will receive a message via WhatsApp with a link that will take you directly to the class. All you need to do is click on the link just before we are due to start. We suggest signing in 10 mins before the start time, you will be held in a virtual waiting room.
  • We encourage you to turn on your own video and audio so we can interact, and you can ask us questions – the idea is that it’s as much like an in-person class as possible!

What skills will I learn?

  • Exploring different types of stretch fabric
  • How to measure percentage stretch
  • Choosing the right stretch fabric for your pattern
  • Measuring and deciding on your size taking into account negative ease
  • Exploring economical double fold layouts
  • Tips on cutting stretch fabric – rotary cutters v scissors
  • Tips on pinning and sewing using fabric clips
  • Identifying suitable stretch stitches on your sewing machine
  • Exploring types of stabilising materials such as seam tape
  • How to sew a neckband
  • How to insert a sleeve “on the flat”
  • How to finish cuffs and hems using stretch twin needles and seam tape

What’s included in the price of the course?

  • 4 x 2 hour tutorials guiding you through each step of your Agnes top
  • Help in-between session if needed via a WhatsApp group
  • Membership of our closed Facebook group

What do I need to prepare in advance of the course?

  • Purchase your pattern, fabric and haberdashery using the links in the Agnes Course Kit below.

Agnes Course Kit

We have selected a range of fabrics and haberdashery which we would recommend for this course. Please select from the kit options below. If you are a newcomer to using jersey we would suggest you start by selecting a cotton jersey to work with.

Custom make your kit by only selecting what you need using the list below. Just click on each item and you will be taken to the relevant section for you to select from.


Essential items for your Agnes:

Optional items for your Agnes:

Select a Gift Box and we will pack your kit in a box all ready for collection and delivery. We will even add a little surprise inside!


We have handpicked a collection of premium Germany haberdashery from the Prym range and Gutermann thread. If you need any haberdashery to complete your garment, it is available to purchase either via the website or click and collect from The Studio.


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