2 September 2015

Your Makes!

Hello, Laura here today with a round up of your recent makes. As usual it’s been great to see what everyone has been making with Tilly and the Buttons patterns. Here are a few of our faves from the past few weeks...

Clemence skirt - instructions to make your own in Love at First Stitch

The Clemence skirt is really versatile as you draw the pattern yourself from simple rectangles! The instructions for the skirt are in Tilly's book, Love at First Stitch. Kidoan has made an above-the-knee version using a ice cream sprinkle printed fabric – yum! Rosie has chosen to make hers in a midi length which looks soooo stylish worn with a simple Breton top. We love!

Agnes top - sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

Our current pattern obsession is the Agnes jersey top - it’s super versatile and the long sleeved version is perfect now the weather is cooling down. Jennifer has made a gorgeous striped version that could be worn with anything. Clare made the ruched sleeve version following our Learn to Sew Jersey Tops online workshop, which you can take from home. She sent us some feedback:

“I absolutely loved the online course. It was so helpful to have the videos to support the instructions. I would definitely recommend this format to anyone new to sewing as it is so straightforward. Also, I don't know anyone else who sews so it was really lovely to be part of a social/interactive course.”

Agnes top - sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

Ama also made her striped Agnes top using our Learn to Sew Jersey Tops online workshop. She said,

“Some people told me I would need an overlocker to sew jersey. So I when I came across the online workshop to sew jersey on a regular sewing machine I decided to give it a go. In the videos, Tilly explains all techniques in detail. (Thank you, Tilly!) And all questions in the forum are answered quickly. It was also nice to see everyone's shared results. The Agnes top pattern is so versatile: you just want to make more and more tops!” 

Selmin has definitely caught the jersey sewing bug making an amazing collection of Agnes tops – very impressive!

Bettine dress - sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

The Bettine dress is still proving extremely popular. Veronica looks very happy to be wearing her fun and colourful version - love this! Kirsty has chosen a lovely floral print that we think will also look great with tights and a cardi in the Autumn.

Arielle sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

We're dreaming of Arielle skirts in many colours at the moment. Katia’s mini version in navy blue twill looks great worn with a bright yellow top. Arleen made this pink Arielle in canvas from Birch Fabrics - beauuutiful.

Fifi camisole and shorts set - sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

The Fifi camisole and shorts set is a great one for improving your sewing skills and learning some new techniques, such as sewing on the bias and creating a double-stitched narrow elasticated waistband. Ashley has added a special touch with some cream broderie anglaise trim while Claire has kept in classic using black and white polka dots. We love them both!

Megan dress - sewing pattern in Love at First Stitch

Rinkie has made a lovely Megan dress from Love at First Stitch in a pale baby blue – also we may have slight wallpaper envy! Annie looks great in her Megan dress made with a multi coloured, large polka dot print. You probably can't spot the empire waist seam as she's done a great job of pattern matching those spots.

Mimi sewing pattern - Love at First Stitch

Julia looks very sophisticated in her Mimi blouse from Love at First Stitch made in a gorgeous teal colour. We love Bonnie’s retro styling of her Mimi blouse, worn with some fab cats eye glasses.

Lilou sewing pattern - Love at First Stitch

Kertstin has made a gorgeous Lilou dress from Love at First Stitch lined with a floral printed fabric. Cat is showing how lovely the Lilou looks from the back by wearing her adorable baby pink version - we love those pleats!

Coco sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

And last but never least, we're starting to dream of cosy Coco tops and dresses for the colder weather that's slowly creeping in. Anne looks so snuggly in her Coco dress with patch pockets and funnel neck. We love the way Katia has styled her funnel neck Coco top, tucked into a high-waisted skirt.

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 one of our patterns, send us your best photo for the Maker Gallery - you tweet us, email us or send us a link through this page. You can also tag us on Instagram but best send it to us another way as well as we don't catch all our Instagram notifications before they disappear from our feed.

We can’t wait to see what you've been making!

26 August 2015

Making the Time to Sew

Do you ever catch yourself saying or thinking, "I don't have time to sew"? Yeah, me too sometimes. Our lives are getting busier and busier, while sewing is a slow activity, requiring patience and a significant chunk of time to dedicate to it. And that slowness is precisely why we should be making time to stop rushing around and get into the meditative flow of creating.

In my latest column for Simply Sewing magazine, I talk about some of my tips for getting sewing done, even when you feel rushed off your feet. It's a topic I've talked about before, in my book and on the blog (such as this post on sewing in short bursts), and one I think is worth revisiting as "not having time" is an excuse that most of us make occasionally.

One of the things I mention in the column is my new morning routine. Inspired by an interview with Hal Elrod on the Smart Passive Income podcast (more fun than it sounds!), I've started being intentional about how I use the first hour my day, before getting sucked into the never-ending vortex of work and emails. I get up at 6.30am, have breakfast, then sit at my sewing table for 15 - 20 minutes or so. I'll admit I don't manage to do the sewing part every day, but I'm trying to make it a habit - and it feels good :)

Even if all I do in that time is set in a couple of sleeves, I feel satisfied at making progress on a project. Moreover, I've got in some enriching creative time - just for me (no I'm not going to say "me time"!) - before the day has properly begun. And just taking that small step gives me the motivation to return to the sewing table as soon as I can. It's addictive!

Do you have an early morning routine involving sewing?

Also - are you coming to the Handmade Fair? I had such a nice time there last year, as did everyone I spoke to who went. We'll be there all weekend on stand E4 in the East Shopping Village. Come along to browse our sewing patterns and chat to us about your projects. You can also enter our prize draw in partnership with Janome to win a DKS100 sewing machine worth £499 - the lovely turquoise ones we use in our studio. And we will love you forever if you wear something you've made with a Tilly and the Buttons pattern!

The Handmade Fair runs from 18th - 20th September 2015 in the gorgeous grounds of Hampton Court Palace. You can get your ticket here, and if you use the code ‘EXM27’ at checkout I believe you get £2 off. The ticket price includes access to a certain number of talks and workshops - check the website for the full deets.

Hope to see you there!

21 August 2015

Hiring an Office Manager

Know someone who's super organised, a natural problem-solver and addicted to spreadsheets?

We're looking for an Office Manager to join the Tilly and the Buttons team. This is a full time or 4 days per week role (spread over 5 days) based in our South London studio. If you or someone you know may be interested, take a look at the job description