Little baseball t-shirt -Frankie by Tilly and the Buttons

Today I want to show you my second make from Tilly and the Buttons book “Stretch”. It is a Frankie t-shirt pattern.

Frankie is a simple T with raglan sleeves and curved hem. There are many options and varieties to this pattern so you can make lots of different styles with it. The pattern lines allow you to have hun with color blocking and are perfect if you have leftover of fabric that are to small for bigger projects.

The instructions for this pattern are included in the book and as usual Tilly made it very transparent and easy to follow.

Pattern adjustments

You may know by now (if you follow my blog) that I fall into a size 8 for Tilly and the Buttons patterns, but I always need to adjust them and remove some lenght to accommodate my petite frame. I did not want to trace pattern pieces just to cut them and shorten, so I followed my previous process by tracing size 6 around sleeves, neckline and armhole blending to size 8 at side seams. I had done it couple of times now and it works for me, plus it is much quicker in comparison to cutting at shorten/lengthen lines.

All went well this time as well, hovewer I realized that I have too much ease under my arms so blended to size 7 instead. This gave my more desired fit and overall I am glad I followed my intuition. I still had to decrease the lenght of the bodice by 5 cm, so I cut it off at the hem following the curve. I also straighten the side seams a little to give me more room to breathe.

Fabric choice and pattern construction

I could not resist to play with colors so I chose to make my Frankie using two different fabrics. Specially for this project I purchased cotton ribbed jersey from Minerva Craft in winter white and rose pink colors , because I really like how they looked together. I was not sure which way I will go with my color blocking so I purchased 3 meters in total (2 meters white and 1 meter pink) for £3.99 per meter which is a great price- currently on sale.

It took me about 30 mins to cut out the pattern, which have only four pieces and 1 hour and 15 mins to put it all together. It is the quickest make to date for me I believe. Sewing raglan sleeves is so much easier in comparison with set in sleeves (even on a jersey fabric), and my only dilemma is that I need to learn now how to adjust them for a better fit as the hem sticks out a little bit.

There is not much else I can say about this pattern other than it is a staple and I will make more in the future.

I wore it on my recent trip to Prague and can honestly say that it is very comfortable. Fabic is soft and it holds it’s shape throughout a day. It is breathable and looks great even after being bunched up in a backpack for couple of days.

Final thoughts

Frankie is an absolute must have in your wardrobe if you are looking for a t-shirt pattern that is cosy and will be “in fashion” for yours to come. There are few variations included in the “Stretch” book, which makes this pattern also versatile. I will be making more of them in different colors as next to Agnes top it is a second most wearable top in my closet.

~ maybe I will start play baseball now??? Just kidding hahahaha~

Monika xxx

Tale of two Freya tops (Tilly and the Buttons)

Hello from very changing London. I am so confused with this weather and not sure what to put on in the morning as the temperature is ever changing. After making my last summer dress it got so cold that I had to put the heating back on in my flat…brrrr, hence I though why not make a couple of Freya tops. Some of you may think I’m crazy to make turtle neck tops in the summer, but hey, is it really a summer at this point????

I had in my stash two fabrics that I purchased some time this year with intention to try this pattern, so traced required pattern pieces and was good to go. If you aren’t familiar with the Freya, you must have had lived under the rock lately as it is all over the internet, but in short you can find this pattern in the book written by Tilly Walnes called “Stretch“.

I had received this book for free last year when I purchased a yearly subscription of “Love sewing” magazine and it has been sitting on my book shelf till now. The book contains 6 patterns with many variations and different levels of difficulty. The main aim of the book is to introduce and explain techniques and tips of sewing with knit fabrics that you can become comfortable handling this “difficult” material and expand your skills. There are lots of reviews of this book online, so go check it out if you haven’t done already.

Pattern alternation

Based on my bust and hips measurements I would have to use size 8, which normally I need to shorten due to having a petite frame. This time however I wanted to try something else so I traced size 6 on the top half of the pattern pieces- shoulders, neckline and armhole and blended to size 8 at the side seams. This automatically decreased the lenght of the bodice and I did not have to fuf around with adjusting the usual way. For the sleeves I followed the same approach- trace size 6 and blend it to size 8 at the seam. Other then that I had reduced the curve of the side seams because I do not have such a tiny waist.

I wanted to make a version with small turtleneck and 3/4 sleeves, so it took me around an hour to trace and cut all necessary pattern pieces.

Fabric

For my first Freya I used organic cotton jersey fromFabworks Online. This was the first time that I bought anything from this store, and at the time they had a 35% sale on their organic knits section so I thought it would be good to try it and see the quality and type of fabric on offer. I got 1 meter of the Wide stripe jersey for £6.00 that just about manage to squeeze out first version. The lenght is about 3cm shorter due to having only a meter, but it is still ok for me. The fabric was easy to sew and press and in turn I have very comfortable and breathable top. I had washed it few times already I must say that it hold beautifully and does not bubble.

For my second version I used 1.5 meter of grey slinky ribbed knit fabric that I bought online from 1st for Fabrics for £6.00 a meter. They have a lovely quality pieces and I have two other materials from their shop that I will use in near future. This fabric has bigger percentage of stretch in comparison to my first version, but for this style it does not make much of a difference.

It took me about 30 minutes to cut each fabric and about 2 hours to sew an individual top, however the second one was quicker as I mainly used overlocker after testing the fit of the first make. Since then I reduced the seam allowance on all pattern pieces, because I am planning to make other versions or maybe a dress.

Final thoughts

This is very easy and quick project, that would be perfect for a begginer or someone who is scared of sewing with knits. Simplicity of Freya can be transformed into interesting and completely different styles due to growing number of hacks and options available online. This is going into my re-use again pattern stash.

~ have you made Freya yet?~

Monika xxx