14 February 2018

Sewing Space Tours... Jane's Sewing Shed!

Sewing Space Tours... Jane's Sewing Shed!

Iiiiit's time for another Sewing Space Tour! For today's nosey around someone's lovely sewing area, we've got something a little bit unusual. Let's hear more from Jane...

Hello! I'm Jane, and I live in Reading, in the UK. Until January this year I've sewed from a small table in the corner of the kitchen, spilling onto every surface available. I now have the luxury of my own workspace at the end of the garden, which is a very posh green shed! It's decked out in wood inside, and I've got dozens of fairy lights twinkling away, strung all round the walls and across the ceiling.

Sewing Space Tours... Jane's Sewing Shed!

I've always loved sewing, fabrics, and threads. My grandmother had a beautiful desk, which opened to reveal dozens of spools of shiny, colourful cotton, which looked like jewels to my seven year old eyes.

Sewing Space Tours... Jane's Sewing Shed!

I'm not as organised as my Nana was - when I'm in full sewing mode my workshop looks like a bombsite! But it's all part of the process. I spend a therapeutic hour or so cleaning and tidying, making sure everything is in its place, then it's all action - scissors, thread, fabric, printing ink, more fabric, paper, even more fabric, with BBC Radio Four burbling away in the background. If I've been organised, I'll have downloaded the Afternoon Dramas for the week to get lost in.

Sewing Space Tours... Jane's Sewing Shed!

8 February 2018

Peek Inside My New Book!

Stretch! Make Yourself Comfortable Sewing with Knit Fabrics - Tilly and the Buttons

Thank you soooo much to everyone who has already ordered my new book! I’m beyond excited for you to get your hands on it on the publication day on 8 March 2018 so you can start sewing. In the meantime, here’s a sneaky peek inside…

Stretch! Make Yourself Comfortable Sewing with Knit Fabrics has a similar design and layout to my first book, Love at First Stitch. It was a no-brainer to work with publishers Quadrille again, as they completely "get" the craft community and did such a great job on my first book. The amazing photography is by Ellie Smith (fashion photos) who also worked on Love at First Stitch, and Fanni Williams (instructions) who is our regular photographer for Tilly and the Buttons patterns. My mum said it looks good enough to eat, and I couldn't agree more!

Stretch! Make Yourself Comfortable Sewing with Knit Fabrics - Tilly and the Buttons
Stretch! Make Yourself Comfortable Sewing with Knit Fabrics - Tilly and the Buttons

5 February 2018

Free Gift with Stretch Pre-orders!

Secret Pyjamas Squad patch - Tilly and the Buttons
Secret Pyjamas Squad! - Free gift with pre-orders of Stretch

We’re excited to open up pre-orders from our online shop for copies of my new book Stretch! Make Yourself Comfortable Sewing with Knit Fabrics.

As a thank you for ordering it from us, not only will your book come signed by me, but if you place your order by Sunday 18 February 2018, we’ll send you this embroidered patch as a free gift!

Secret Pyjamas Squad! - Free gift with pre-orders of Stretch
Secret Pyjamas Squad! - Free gift with pre-orders of Stretch
Secret Pyjamas Squad! - Free gift with pre-orders of Stretch

Iron this patch onto your handmade clothes to declare your allegiance to the Secret Pyjamas Squad – a collective of stitchers who love making clothes that don’t just look great, they’re also sooooo comfy to wear it’s like you’ve gone out in your PJs!

Secret Pyjamas Squad! - Free gift with pre-orders of Stretch

31 January 2018

Fitting the Mila Dungarees

Mila dungarees sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

Making the Mila dungarees? Wondering what size to pick or think you need some fitting help? Vanessa here today to offer some tips on sizing and fitting.

We designed Mila to be made in woven fabrics with a bit of stretch, which makes them relatively easy to fit as the stretch does some of the work for you - hooray! Some of you won’t need to make any fitting changes to the dungarees, but of course we all come in different shapes so you may need to make some tweaks to the pattern before sewing your final garment. Getting a personalised fit is one of the bonuses of DIY dressmaking!

This post will be quite long but feel free to skip straight to the parts that feel relevant to you. We will cover:

  • Choosing your size
  • Lengthening or shortening the legs
  • Lengthening or shortening the bib for larger and smaller busts
  • Combining pattern sizes
  • Lengthening or shortening the crotch seams
  • Full booty adjustment
  • Small booty adjustment
  • Saggy back leg adjustment

It’s always a good idea to trace off a copy of the pattern pieces you are adjusting so that you can keep the original version intact in case you want to change it later. Remember to trace off notches, grainline arrows and any other markings.

Fitting the Mila dungarees - Tilly and the Buttons