1 July 2015

Preserving Your Favourite Sewing Patterns

Quick tip today for a way to preserve the sewing patterns you use again and again.

When you use a sewing pattern for the first time, rather than cutting through the lines, I recommend tracing the lines onto fabric using dressmaker's carbon and a tracing wheel. That way you've still got the original pattern in case you need to use a larger size later.

But what about when you've made a pattern more than once, have fallen firmly in love with it and plan to make it again and again? If you use a tracing wheel on the same lines too many times, the paper will start to tear (you can always patch it up temporarily with tape).

To keep the pattern in good shape - and to make cutting out super speedy - a great tip I picked up somewhere down the line was to trace the pattern pieces off in your size, stick them onto card, and cut them out exactly on the cutting lines. Now when you want to cut it in fabric, all you need to do is weigh it down and whizz around it with a rotary cutter. Or draw around it in chalk pencil or washable pen and cut it out in fabric scissors. Easy!

Remember to label the pieces so you know what they are later, and cut in the notches too - small enough to be accurately positioned, big enough so you can mark them with a pencil or scissors. To mark darts or alternative cutting lines - for example, the short sleeve hem on the Agnes sewing pattern - you can puncture little holes along the lines with an awl (or try a large needle). Push a chalk pencil or washable pen through them to mark the fabric, then join the dots to create the line.

If you haven't heard this tip before, I hope you find this useful!

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24 June 2015

Your Makes!

Hello, Laura here! Back with another look at what everyone has been making with Tilly and the Buttons sewing patterns recently. Now the warmer weather is finally here we have lots of fab makes to inspire your summertime sewing...

Agnes top - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons

This month we launched a brand new pattern – the Agnes top. It’s the perfect jersey top to throw on every day, with lots of different combinations to choose from. Jobena and Sam both made theirs by following our online workshop, Learn to Sew Jersey Tops. Jobena went for ruched sleeves and plain neckline; Sam went for plain sleeves and ruched neckline. Both are adorable!

Agnes top - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons

Katie (another student of Learn to Sew Jersey Tops) used a lovely floral jersey for her Agnes top - so summery! We lurrrve this nautical version with shortened sleeves by our workshop teacher Zoe.

Arielle skirt - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons

We have lots of fantastic pics of Arielle skirts sent over to us this month. Kylie has used some red buttons to add a pop of colour to her plain blue Arielle, while Lynz has made her version out of chambray. She looks suitably excited to be wearing it!

Arielle skirt - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons

You may not be able to see from this pic, but check out Lynne’s blog for a close up of the crazily cute face buttons she used on her red Arielle. Yvonne has made a very stylish longer length denim Arielle and Lisa has added a fun touch to hers by using multi-coloured buttons. We love!

Francoise dress - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons

The sleeveless version of the Francoise sewing pattern is a great dress for the warm weather. Kharina made a stunning version in a pale fabric, adding some interest with the optional tab. Vicki has used this amaazzing flamingo fabric for her Francoise. Want!

Mimi blouse - sewing pattern in Love at First Stitch

Joanna followed the pussy bow tutorial on the blog to create her pretty Mimi blouse (sewing pattern in Love at First Stitch). Tassadit looks great in her classic Mimi, made with a cute ditzy floral and contrasting red buttons.

Clemence skirt - sewing pattern in Love at First Stitch

Simona has teemed her Mimi with a chambray Clemence skirt (both patterns in Love at First Stitch). Rachel has used a lovely navy and white quilting cotton for her Clemence. They both look so classic and chic.

Lilou dress - sewing pattern in Love at First Stitch

Becca made her stunning Lilou dress using another flamingo print fabric – flamingo sewing is definitely a new craze! Pamela used the tutorial in Love at First Stitch to add the scalloped neckline to her Lilou dress, choosing the gathered rather than the pleated skirt.

Coco dress - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons

We have been going crazy over Jo’s stripy green Coco dress with short sleeves and patch pockets – very Joules, non? Daniela has made an equally adorable dress in a polka dot knit. You can't go wrong with stripes or polka dots, basically.

Delphine skirt - sewing pattern in Love at First Stitch

How cute does Akram look wearing her Delphine skirt (pattern in Love at First Stitch) with matching headband – very school girl chic! Claire lengthened her Delphine skirt for a different look. If you fancy learning to make your own Delphine skirt, we've got a workshop in our South London studio on Saturday 11 July.

Miette skirt and Mathilde blouse - sewing patterns by Tilly and the Buttons

Karen made a nautical themed Miette skirt - love the red piping detail along the waistband and pockets. Bianca looks stunning in her semi-sheer Mathilde blouse in a lovely mint green polka dot. Need this!!

Megan dress - sewing pattern in Love at First Stitch

Adding extra details to your creations is a great way to make them stand out. The way Brenda has sewn buttons at the waist of her Megan dress is really effective (sewing pattern in Love at First Stitch). And last but by no means least - the toothpaste fabric Nickey has chosen for her Megan dress is simply excellent :)

As usual it was sooo hard to choose which of your many wonderful makes to include in this month's round up post, so please go and check out all the other amazing creations in our Maker Galleries on Pinterest. If you've sewn something with a Tilly and the Buttons sewing pattern, send us your best photo for the Maker Gallery - you can tweet us, email us or send us a link through this page. We can’t wait to see what you've made!