Holly Communion bag

I haven’t done that in a while, but last week I had a pleasure to indulge in some selfless sewing. My friend had asked me to sew a simple mini handbag for her daughter’s First Holly Communion and I immediately said yes.


She had sent me an image to give me an idea of what she would like and provided the fabric and notions to make this as easy as possible.

I had  never done anything like that before so had to do a little research on Pinterest to get me started. I found Handmadiya blog very helpful, and the process of making the pattern and assembling all pieces begun. It only took me one hour and I am pretty happy with the result.


The bag’s flap is covered with lace to give it a character and style, which I think looks very cute.


Making this ribbon loops took me a while, but it was worth sweating over it 🙂 It works very well with that pearl button.


My only worry is the size. My friend gave me an estimate measure, so I am hoping it is big enough for Church Book and rosary.

As much as I love making things for other people it also is more stressful, in comparison to sewing for myself, as I never know till the end if the project will be exactly what they want… Do you feel under pressure too when making something for others??

~ time to fly home ~

Monika xxx

Easy cropped-top hack

Hi all, hope you are well and enjoying the beautiful weather.

With Spring (or should I say Summer?) weather finally finding its way to London I realised that I am in need of some basic tops. A while ago I have purchased a Tilly & The Buttons Agnes Top pattern, so I thought it would be a nice idea to hack this pattern to differentiate my tops a little bit. Who wants the same boring tee in the closet, right?

For my first Agnes, I decided to go with a slightly cropped version, straight low-high hem and a little slit on the side.

Pattern alternation

As you trace the front and the back pattern pieces ensure you also copy all necessary markings.



It is up to you now how cropped you want your Agnes to be, but for me I decided to shorten the hem by 7cm on the front and 6 cm on the back. This 1 cm difference creates a high-low step hem. It is important that your newly drafted hem lines are 90 degrees from the centre back and front. This will ensure a nice straight hem line.

If like me, you want your cropped top to be more loose then you can re-draw the side seams curve. How much you do this depends on your preferences and taste. If you like more boxy look, just draw a straight line from armhole to hem.



The last step is to mark the point where the side slit starts. As it is a cropped top I chose a small slit of around 2 cm. Keep in mind the hem seam allowance when you mark you opening.


Once you are happy with the final design go ahead and make your hacked Agnes top.

This is how it turned out…




High -low hem is looking good. Hmmmmm maybe I should make it more dramatic next time… What do you think?





I took it for a spin on my recent visit to Disneyland in Paris and it was perfect!



Hope this simple hack inspires you to re-use your old patterns.

~till next time~