26 May 2016

Sewing Space Tours...Heidi's stylish hub!

This week, we've been allowed a nosy around another beautiful and inspiring sewing space, as part of our series of Sewing Space Tours. Come and have a look at Heidi's stylish and practical sewing area - it looks like she's as obsessed with Ikea units as we are! Read on, dear reader, to find out more!

Heidi's stylish sewing space

Hi everyone! I am beyond thrilled to be here, sharing my space with you all today! My name is Heidi, I blog at Handmade Frenzy. I live in the Charlotte area of North Carolina. I’m a stay-at-home-mom to my two boys and one girl, and wife to my very best friend. They are my life. Sewing is my sanity saver, haha!

23 May 2016

Sale! 30% Off Learn to Sew Jersey Tops

Has Me Made May got you itching to sew more comfortable, everyday clothes? Do you fancy getting to grips with sewing stretchy jersey?

Good news! Our online video workshop, Learn to Sew Jersey Tops, is now on a shiny new website - and to celebrate, we're giving you 30% off this week!

18 May 2016

A Capeless Watson Jacket

Watson Jacket - Papercut Patterns - made by Tilly and the ButtonsWatson Jacket - Papercut Patterns - made by Tilly and the Buttons

You know what it's like - you search in vain all Autumn and Winter long for the perfect coloured wool to make a coat that doesn't break the bank. Then, come late Spring, you find it!

I couldn't resist grabbing this mint wool when I spotted it on Goldhawk Road a few weeks ago, and promptly sewed it up into a Papercut Patterns Watson jacket before the weather gets too warm (I live in London). Longtime readers may remember I've made the pattern before, back in 2013 (inspired by Moonrise Kingdom but ending up looking like a homage to Father Ted - still love it though).

13 May 2016

Five Tips for Sewing on the Bias

Five Tips for Sewing on the Bias - Tilly and the Buttons

Sewing “on the bias” – in other words, when the fabric is cut at a 45 degree angle to the straight grain or selvedges – is a lovely way to create a flowing garment that hangs softly over your body.

Yet it can be a bit fiddly, as merely looking at fabric cut at an angle seems to stretch it out of shape! Never fear though – here are some quick tips for stabilizing, handling and finishing a gorgeous bias-cut creation.