16 April 2013

Out and About...

My friends! I hope you're having a good week. The last couple of weeks for me have been a bit of a whirlwind, my head is spinning, but it's all very exciting. I've reduced the days I work at my day job in order to free up a bit of time to take up more sewing-related opportunities. I've worked so hard on this blog for the last three years, all in my spare time (read: no social life), so it's wonderful to be able to take up some of these new opportunities to collaborate with others and share the sewing bug in different ways. Some day soon I'm going to take a day off (phew!), but until then let me share a few dates coming up that may be of interest to some of you...


Thursday 25th April 2013 - Learn to Sew: Tilly's Bow Belt
I'll be teaching a beginners' evening class at The Village Haberdashery (West Hampstead, London). This class will introduce novice stitchers - or those who need a refresher - to the basics of sewing, from threading the machine to stitching curves and corners. After getting to grips with the sewing machine, we will make a gorgeous 1950s inspired bow belt for you to take home. I'm so excited to teach this class!


Saturday 27th April 2013 - Guthrie & Ghani grand opening
Lauren is opening a fabric shop in Birmingham! She has worked so hard for nearly a year now renovating the premises, and I have no doubt it will be beautiful. I'm so proud of her! I'll be there from about 11am to early afternoon to help her out on the first day, cutting fabric, serving customers or whatever she needs. Yes, I'm going to play shops. No, I haven't grown up yet. Come along!


Sat 25th to Sun 26th May 2013 - Make a Mathilde Blouse
If you've sewn a few things before but are scared of sewing the Mathilde Blouse on your own, or if you just fancy having a giggle sewing with other enthusiasts, come and spend a weekend at Ray Stitch (Islington, London). I'll guide you through each step in the construction of this button-back blouse, including creating beautiful tucks or gathers, setting in puffed sleeves, and finishing it all off with elegant French seams. And we'll eat some cake.


Saturday 1st June 2013 - Make Your Own Pattern & Skirt
Learn to make a gorgeous gathered button-down skirt with practical pockets – aka the Picnic Blanket Skirt! Also at Ray Stitch, the class starts as a very gentle introduction to pattern making, guiding you through drafting a simple pattern to your own measurements. Then we’ll sew the skirt, learning techniques, tips and tricks along the way, including gathering, constructing a waistband, stitching pockets, forming buttonholes and finishing it all off neatly. This is a great class if you are comfortable using a sewing machine and looking for a nice Summer project. (I'm also looking forward to teaching this class in April too, but it's sold out!)


Saturday 15th June 2013 - Beginners' Dressmaking: Miette Wrap Skirt
I'll be back at Lauren's shop teaching my Miette sewing pattern. This is the perfect class if you know how to use a sewing machine and are looking for an easy project, even your first. Miette is a gently flared wraparound skirt that ties at the front in a delightful bow, with optional large patch pockets. We’ll cover the basics of using a sewing pattern and constructing a garment, from making a waistband to finishing seams and hemming.

That's all for now - phew!

37 comments:

  1. Well that sounds like quite a fair bit! :)

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  2. It's great that you have been able to make more time for all things sewing. I have no doubt that this is just the beginning!

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  3. This is SO exciting Tilly! x

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  4. That's great! Definitely a good hint about Laurens' shop. She'll probably have an amazing assortment with great styles.

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  5. How exciting for you! I will definitely be booking onto one of the courses at Ray Stitch :)

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  6. I've been excited about Lauren's for ages ever since I saw the building being done up (I live 5 minutes away!) so I'll see you there for the Grand Opening!

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  7. Wow! That's one full and exciting schedule! Glad you've been able to cut down on the day job and spread more sewing love around!

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  8. Damnit! being on the other side of the world can sometimes be such a drag...

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  9. So happy for you! I have followed your blog for quite some time and have tried garment sewing on my own, but it hasn't gone well. I am finally taking a couple of classes at a local sewing shop to learn how to alter a pattern and sew a dress. Thank you for being such a great inspiration! (Wish you weren't so far away, I'd love to take the picnic blanket skirt class!)

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  10. I'm so sad that your belt class is on a Thursday, I'd be straight there otherwise!

    I'm just going to have to keep pillaging your blog for inspiration.

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  11. I'm glad to hear that things are really going well with your sewing journey. I love your blog and while I don't comment often, I always read your posts.

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  12. So happy for you to be able to spend more time doing what you love. I love sewing, but am still squeezing it into my evenings and weekends. Will live vicariously through you if that's OK!

    x Elena @ Randomly Happy

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  13. Congratulations, Tilly! It is so wonderful to see your hard work paying off!

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  14. Good Luck Tilly. I taught my first ever crochet class today and it was liberating and completely joyous so fill your boots and really go for it. There are people out there who want these skills, it is our duty to share them!! Check out my class post here:

    http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/such-joy.html


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  15. Wow, it's amazing that after just three years you're able to cut down on the day job and do more sewing! Well done!

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  16. You are going to be SEW SEW busy....congratulations!!

    I wished i lived nearer and then i would join in with all the classes and i do sew love ray stitch too...

    bestest to you
    Daisy j

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  17. Wow, can I just be you (although if I can, can I bring along my hubby and son?). This is such a lot. No wonder you need to cut down your days, but what better than to spend your time doing something you love! Congratulations

    PS. Saw you on Emerald St newsletter today! You are going to be a proper bonafide celeb soon!

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  18. Congrats Tilly! I've been reading your blog since the start and I have to say you deserve all the success!

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  19. Gosh you are going to be a busy (sewing) bee!!

    Congratulations on all the events you've got planned - you certainly have worked hard on the blog, and if you ever take a trip oop North, be sure to visit Manchester - I'll be there and will bring along a whole heap of other crafty ladies :)

    www.mancunianvintage.com

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  20. Your collaboration with Lauren sounds very beneficial to both of you. What a wonderful opportunity you both have had. Good luck.

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  21. Sounds great Tilly!! Good for you! Make the most of every opportunity!
    Pati x

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  22. Phew alright! Tilly, my girls really missed you on tonight's episode :(
    You have two very devoted little fans, although my five year old kept getting confused and calling you Tilly and the Poppers.
    It sounds like you are having a total ball - don't forget to eat sometimes and maybe sleep a little. (That's my mum hat on).
    Most of all, have fun!
    Now you're gone, my girls are cheering for Lauren ... fingers crossed for her X

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  23. It's brilliant your getting to take on so many sewing related projects! I hope one day I can come and take part in one of your workshops! x

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  24. I have recently stumbled across your blog and love it! Pity I live in Australia though i could certainly use some lessons :)

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  25. You're so pretty :)
    Wish I could attend your classes!!

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  26. So happy for you, Tilly! Making those dreams come true :) I wish I was in your neck of the woods so I could attend all of these events. Maybe someday...

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  27. Sounds like a lot of exciting stuff happening! I'll be cheering you on from across the pond.

    (I also have to say that it's really cool to see that it looks like you and the other GBSB participants genuinely get along well--being used to Project Runway and all of the backbiting that goes with it, it's so refreshing!)

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  28. Hello Tilly,
    I discovered your blog completely by chance, as I was bumbling through the crafty blogging world a few days ago.
    When I saw your photo, I recognised you from the telly. What a fantastic show the Greta British Sewing Bee is!!! I have to say, though, that I was very disappointed when you left. I really loved your style, and thought it was great that you'd used some of your own patterns (how clever!!!).
    So, I was SUPER excited to find that you have a blog – and such a super-duper one too! I am now your newest follower, and can’t wait for your next post…..
    I have been sewing for about 3 years now (and blogging for 2). I mostly sew bags and purses, and housey stuff. I’ve sewed a few really simple dresses and tops (sleeveless numbers). But the Great British Sewing Bee has inspired me to try out something more adventurous. I’m having a go at one of the dresses from the 2012 ‘Stylish Dress Book’. I SO hope it turns out okay, as I have my eyes on several more of the gorgeous dresses and tops from that book (as well as your sweet Mathilde blouse)! Doing a good job of this dress (fingers crossed) will hopefully give me a bit more confidence in my dress-making skills.
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Carly
    x

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  29. You've certainly got a lot going on at the moment! I've been loving watching the Great British Sewing Bee but I was so sad to see you go. I really loved your style and the things you created were so lovely!
    Anyway, good luck with everything in the future. I'm stalking (following) you all over the place to see what you get up to ;)
    Suzy Turner, YA Author

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  30. Sounds like an exciting time ahead :-) Good luck with all the projects! So sorry to see you leave the Great British Sewing Bee last week! You did so well to sew under such pressure! Great to finally see some sewing on TV and also the first time my husband showed an interest in sewing!

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  31. This is so nice ! So much projects ! I hope you the best

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  32. How exciting - best of luck with all your new projects. I'm sure you'll have a marvellous day 'playing shops'! I'm still happily watching GBSB but I did miss you this week, I hope that taking part in the show gives you more opportunities to be out and about in the future :)

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  33. Lauren's shop is just down the road from me so I look forward to seeing you at the launch! (It looks fab by the way - I have loved seeing it develop every time I drive past!)

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  34. Oh my goodness - thanks for the heads up about the shop!

    I've already been on the website and I'm contemplating coming to the launch day - even though I live hours away!! Just sounds so much fun!

    Good luck with all your projects - I'm only just new to the sewing blog world and I know what you mean about it taking all of your spare time... and some!!

    I really appreciate this blog though so thanks for all your hard work.

    You can check out my efforts at my kate corrie sewing blog - www.katecorrie.com (if you'd like!)

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  35. Your blog has inspired me to create my own sewing blog .

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  36. Just wanted to congratulate you on dropping time from the day job slowly and steadily - a really good way to go about transitioning into a new career and a great inspiration to other people wanting to give that a go.

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