Two Agnes Tshirts

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A (slightly late) Happy New Year everyone!
As you might have (not) noticed, I took a little blogging break after Christmas, which was necessary due to being away over the Holidays and starting a new job this month. But now I’m back and filled with an endless amount of sewing mojo!

Too bad I mostly only have the weekends now and the wedding is coming closer, so I am (hopefully) channelling all this energy into making a gorgeous wedding gown. Don’t get too excited, I’ve only just started (shame on me!). I’ve been procrastinating for months and now really have to get going. I’m not yet worried as I work best under pressure. Right now I’m working on the muslin, but this will be a seperate blog post.

Although I won’t have time to sew much else, there will be quite a few garment posts soon. My 2015 me was clever enough to sew and photograph loads of projects before Christmas, so I’ve got some blog posts lined up.

Agnes Top by thisblogisnotforyou.comThe two Tilly & The Buttons Agnes tops I’m showing you today were Christmas presents for my bff. So, please ignore the fit! We are similar sizes and shapes but the tops were ultimately made for her and not a perfect fit on me.

I won’t say more about the pattern, because I already told you how much I love it here and here and here.


These two tops are again variations of the original pattern. As you might have noticed they are not as figure-hugging as the pattern is intended to be. My friend doesn’t like super tight tops although she’s got a gorgeous figure, so I went with quite a common Tshirt silhouette. For this I simply added more ease around the waist. I redrew the side seams so they were more of a straight line starting at the armhole.

Also, I shortened the sleeves and made them a tiny bit wider around the hem. I left the neckline as it was. For the second top I went with the ruched sweetheart neckline.

Agnes Top by thisblogisnotforyou.comAgnes Top by thisblogisnotforyou.comThe Fabric:

For the first Tshirt I used a slightly heavier cotton knit fabric with a yellow/white/black dots print. My bestie loves dots, but I wasn’t quite sure about the colours and the texture, so I made a second top just to be on the safe side!

This fabric is very soft but quite heavy and reminded me of a cozy warm pyjama. The finished Tshirt looks really cool, though and doesn’t scream pyjama to me. As the fabric was quite thick, I made the simple scooped neckline as I wasn’t sure whether the ruching would work with this fabric.Agnes Top by thisblogisnotforyou.comAgnes Top by thisblogisnotforyou.comAnyway, I had already bought the second & safe fabric, so I made another one. These tops are so easy and quick to sew, it didn’t even make much of a difference.

This jersey fabric is super thin and very stretchy. It’s cotton, as well, but a much better quality. The ruching at the neckline worked really well on this and I love the result! Too bad I had to give it away!Agnes Top by thisblogisnotforyou.comAgnes Top by thisblogisnotforyou.comAgnes Top by the turned up sleeve, I don’t know how to dress myself!)Agnes Top by

Soo, as you can see the Agnes Top works as a simple Tshirt, as well! I can’t stress the versatility of this pattern enough. I’ll probably make even more just for the fun of it. When you have little time, quick sewing projects are so so satisfying!



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DIY Star Wars: The Force Awakens Christmas Sweater!

DIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comDIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comHappy Holidays everyone!

A quick word about the sweater I used for this project. It’s, what a surprise, handmade! This is the reason why I got the Agnes pattern in the first place! I wanted to have a simple shirt pattern that could easily be turned into a sweater.

I added about 2cm to the sleeve and bodice pattern pieces and also squared down the bodice for a looser fit. The close fit of the original pattern would’ve been unsuitable for the lettering. I always find it somewhat weird to have bold lettering right across the bust if the shirt’s a tad too tight. I used a slightly heavier jersey knit fabric in taupe which I bought in a little sewing café in Germany last winter.DIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comDIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comDIY Star Wars Tshirt by


This is a super easy way to personalise or embellish any kind of garment. If you have templates for letters or shapes, it’s even easier. (It took me a while to draw all those letters and get them in perfect shape).

All you need is a shirt and some iron-on foil that you can order online.
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Some tips:

– Use a shirt with a smooth surface (jersey or cotton works best)
– You need to be able to iron your garment on a very hot temperature setting (I wouldn’t recommend using silk or polyester!)
– Read the instructions that comes with the iron-on foil carefully
– Keep in mind that all shapes and letters have to be mirrored!

I ordered silver and matt black foil online which came in different sizes. The A4 size had the best cost-benefit ratio and also I wasn’t sure how much I needed. In the end, I used less than half of a sheet of each colour. I have plenty left for other projects.

For this project I was inspired by this jcrew kids tshirt which unfortunately doesn’t come in adult size!


DIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comStart of by sketching out the shape or letters you want to create. Alternatively, you can use Word or Photoshop to create a layout you can print off and cut out.DIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comI used the sketch to check if the size was right and to mark the position on the shirt.DIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comBecause I couldn’t find a good font and sketched my own, I copied them onto squared paper to make sure they were even and all the exact same size. I positioned them on the shirt and used chalk for markings.DIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comWhen transferring the template onto the foil, make sure everything is mirrored. Draw the shape onto the matt side of the foil, you can use pen or pencil. If you don’t want to mirror your letters, you can try to draw them onto the “right” side, but since it has a protective film it might be a bit tricky and the ink of your pen might come off and ruin your iron.DIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comCut out the letters, place the onto your shirt and press the iron onto them one by one to prevent them from slipping out of positon. Don’t remove the protective film until all the letters are firmly applied and have cooled off. DIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comDIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comYou can now remove the plastic film and use the extra sheet of protective paper that comes with the foil to set the glue a second time. Never iron without the paper after that otherwise the foils sticks to your iron and the whole this is ruined. You can wash the shirt at 60° and iron it from the wrong side if necessary. DIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comDIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comDIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comDIY Star Wars Tshirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comDIY Star Wars Tshirt by

Will I make it again? Yessss! I love this shirt, especially because it’s not so obviously Star Wars themed as many of the Christmas sweaters you can buy online. It’s actually quite glamourous and someone not familiar with the Star Wars franchise might not even notice. The foil was super easy to use and I love the result. You can use it to transform an old shirt or jumper or to personalise presents.

Merry Christmas and may the force be with you in the New Year!



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Jersey Shirt with Gathered Raglan Sleeves

Burda Raglan Shirt 02/2013 #127 by thisblogisnotforyou.comHello gang! Life has been so busy lately that I don’t even have the time to share my makes on time anymore! I made this jersey shirt in October.

The Fabric:

I got this cotton jersey with a super cute mythical creatures print from ( here in the UK) which even was delivered in person by lovely Tine who spent a couple of days in London a little while ago. Apparantly, they don’t have this fabric in stock anymore, but they still sell three very similar prints. (Yes, I am aware that it’s a children’s fabric, but I will wear it anyway.) The fabric is of a really lovely quality and still looks great after a couple of washes.

Burda Raglan Shirt 02/2013 #127 by thisblogisnotforyou.comBurda Raglan Shirt 02/2013 #127 by

The Pattern:

I found this simple gathered raglan sleeve shirt pattern in my Burdastyle magazine stash, hoping that I could squeeze it out of the 1m of fabric I had. The fabric requirements were 1.50 m (1 3/4 yds) for all sizes, but I know from experience that I often need much less when using Burda patterns. Since I cut out 3/4 length sleeves, 1m was more than enough and I even have a bit left for making a shirt for my little niece.

The pattern is from magazine 02/2013 #127. If you ignore the questionable Chanel-like styling, the pattern is brilliant and looks very elegant in black silk jersey. It could make a perfect shirt for work (in a less obvious print than mine).

The sleeves are gathered in the front and back. The neckline is bound off and the sleeve turned in by 7cm and hemmed with a twin needle. My shirt came together in an hour or so.

Burda Raglan Shirt 02/2013 #127
Burda Raglan Shirt 02/2013 #127

Burda Raglan Shirt 02/2013 #127 by thisblogisnotforyou.comThe Fit:

The shirt fits perfectly without making any alterations (except for shortening the sleeves to 3/4 length). It is super comfy and I particularly like the length. It’s a bit longer than the average shirt and perfect for the colder season or to tuck into a skirt or high-waisted trousers. The pattern could be easily transformed into a fitted dress.

Burda Raglan Shirt 02/2013 #127 by

Will I make it again? I have not definite plans to make another shirt at the moment as I am working on way too many projects already, but I really like this pattern and can see myself using it again to make some basics for work or even lengthen it into a comfy little dress.

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Painted Shirt – London Souvenirs

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Isn’t this little boy adorable? 🙂

Last weekend I showed my sister, who visited me in London, how to paint a jersey shirt. We had bought this one from Primark’s sale rack and it seemed to be missing something.

We found these adorable Puddin’ the Pug drawings by Jake Barlow online and my sis decided to print one out and use it for her shirt.

Painted Shirt DIY by thisblogisnotforyou.comWe used transfer paper to transfer the picture onto the shirt. This one leaves very pale yellow lines on the fabric you can easily paint over.Painted Shirt DIY by thisblogisnotforyou.comWe traced the yellow marking lines with a fabric marker and then used black fabric paint and a small paint brush.Painted Shirt DIY by thisblogisnotforyou.comPainted Shirt DIY by thisblogisnotforyou.comPainted Shirt DIY by thisblogisnotforyou.comPainted Shirt DIY by thisblogisnotforyou.comAfter painting we left it to dry and then ironed it, left side up.Painted Shirt DIY by

The picture quality isn’t the best, because we finished late at night. 😀

By the way, my sister’s visit has been the reason why it has been so quiet around here. I’m working on several projects at the moment – so keep your eyes peeled!

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