1 April 2015

Tiny Bows Sweater


Have you seen those sweaters around recently with teeny tiny bows stitched on them? Like this Anthro one. I've been lusting after them for a while so decided to make one.

I say "make one", but all I did was sit down with a couple of episodes* of House of Cards and handstitch some pre-bought ribbon bows onto a pre-bought sweater and voila! Anthro-inspired chic. 

(*It didn't actually take two hours to make, it's just that I spent most of the time glued to the screen.)


I must admit that there was a moment once I finished that I thought I'd gone mad, that a sweater covered in bows was mad, and that only a mad person would wear it... but then I put it on and it actually looks really cute. 

So I'm wearing it :)

[Soundtrack: 'You Might Need Somebody' by Shola Ama - we've been listening to a lot of nineties R n B in the studio recently!)

25 March 2015

Your Makes!

Hello! It’s Laura again here, looking at all the amazing things you’ve been creating with T&TB sewing patterns over the last month. Here's a little selection...


We're really impressed with Katie’s makes from Love At First Stitch. Her fabric choices are inspired, using a fun woodland design for her Megan dress and a stunning flamingo print for her Mimi blouse. We love her style!


Tilly went to the Knitting and Stitching Show the other week, where her friend Lauren's lovely mum Fiona surprised her by wearing a gorgeous Mimi blouse that she made using Liberty 'Queue for the Zoo' fabric! Another good pal of Tilly's, Zoe - who teaches some of our workshops - has also made a Mimi blouse, choosing a cute ditzy blue floral. (Pattern from Love At First Stitch.)


The Miette skirt is great for the Summer, but also looks good with tights and winter shoes. Yvonne is keeping it classic with her polka dot version, while Erin has used a gem green corduroy - they both look so stylish.



The Megan dress from Love At First Stitch has been particularly popular again this month - it's a great make now the weather is getting warmer. We love Hilde's gingham version with added collar, and Amarjeet is looking very elegant in her Megan dress, accessorised with pearls.


More Megans! Zollie is all set for summer with her mint green version and cute white sandals, while Pamela loved making her dress in a cheerful bright pink.


Claire has used this lovely Atelier Brunette fabric for her first Clemence skirt (project instructions in Love At First Stitch), while Pascaline has added a crazily cute bow to her version.



Lauren is is popping up again, this time in her adorable Francoise dress sewn using a dotted burgundy chambray. Marina has added some lovely details to her long-sleeved version, using a contrast print on the collar, cuffs and hem.


We all love to lounge around in our PJs, and Elena looks very excited to be wearing her Margot pyjamas! Donna has sewn her PJs in a cosy floral flannel. (Pattern from Love At First Stitch.)


Taking inspiration from a Tommy Hilfiger design, Marika has made this Coco dress her own, by using navy fabric and ribbon to decorate the cuffs and hem. Carol looks fab in her colourful Coco dress... and can we have that aga, please?


Victoria added some nautical chic to her Delphine skirt by sewing on some adorable buttons, while Cara opted for a monochrome geometric design - complete with added dog! (The pattern is in Love At First Stitch.)


Last but not least, Izy has made a gorgeous bunting print Lilou dress from Love At First Stitch, with scalloped neckline and bow belt – we love it! Frankie tackled some pretty impressive pattern matching with her lovely striped version - want!

It has been soooo much fun looking through all your makes this month. There are loads more great examples in the Maker Galleries on Pinterest - go check it out! If you've sewn something with a Tilly and the Buttons pattern, send us your best photo for the Maker Gallery - you can tweet us, email us, or send us a link through this page (unfortunately we can't pin from Instagram). We can't wait to see!