20 July 2016

Sewing Space Tours...Gina's colourful sewing space!

We are really excited to be sharing another beautiful sewing space with you today, as part of our Sewing Space Tours series. Gina's gorgeous sewing room is bright, colourful, and cheerful, and we love it. Please can we come over for a sewing party?! Let's hear more from Gina...

Gina's colourful sewing space

I’m Gina and I live on the south coast of England, about 5 miles from the sea. I started sewing when I was really young - my mum was a tailor and seeing her put together amazing creations inspired me to want to learn. I used to make tiny little clothes for my dolls and since then, I’ve tried my hand at most sewing techniques!

14 July 2016

A Floral Fifi Set for Summer

Fifi pyjamas - sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons
Fifi pyjamas - sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons
I’ve been meaning to show you my latest Fifi pyjamas for ages but I’ve been too busy wearing them!

The fabric choice is a bit of a departure from my usual stripes and spots obsession, but I think it’s sooo pretty and works really well with the pattern. It’s a floaty cotton lawn from John Lewis, with navy cotton poplin used to make the bias binding straps. Cotton lawns and voiles are perfect for the Fifi sewing pattern – you want something that feels nice against your skin, lightweight, preferably with a bit of drape.

11 July 2016

Sewing Marigold: Waistband and Hemming

How to Sew the Elasticated Waistband on the Marigold Jumpsuit or Trousers - Tilly and the Buttons

Making the Marigold trousers or jumpsuit? In the final instalment of the sewalong, we're going to make the elasticated waistband and hem the trousers.

Catching up? Order your sewing pattern and read the previous steps in the Marigold sewalong.

How to Sew the Elasticated Waistband on the Marigold Jumpsuit or Trousers - Tilly and the Buttons

The beauty of this is the elasticated waistline is that it will cinch the trousers or jumpsuit in to your exact waist size - hooray!

8 July 2016

Sewing Marigold: Attach the Straps and Neckline Facing

Sewing the Marigold straps and neckline facing - Tilly and the Buttons


Sewing the Marigold jumpsuit? I'm going to show you how to sew the straps and attach the neckline facing, which will create a neat and structured finish on the bodice neckline.

Catching up? Order your Marigold pattern and read the rest of the sewalong - you can join in any time!

Sewing the Marigold straps and neckline facing - Tilly and the Buttons

Remember in the post on cutting and stabilising we applied interfacing to the neckline facings and to half of each strap? And we added stabilising tape or interfacing strips to the bodice necklines to add structure and help stop them gaping or stretching out of shape. If you missed these steps out, do them now!