17 September 2013

What's On My Sewing Table... Exciting Announcement Special!


Well, the truth is that I have 25 things on my sewing table right now, because... [drum roll]... OMG I'M WRITING A BOOK!!!

Eep!

I'm seriously excited to be joining the likes of Cath Kidston and Liberty on Quadrille Publishing's craft list, working with a truly fantastic Dream Team of people who are helping to make this book the best it can be. The story began over a year ago, and now it's full steam ahead, with weekly deadlines and only a few weeks to go until final submission (eek!) and, quite frankly, I can't keep it a secret any longer! The book will be out in Spring 2014, which seems like a looooong time to wait, but apparently is a really fast turnaround for publishing.

So what's the book about? Without wishing to give too much away (you want a surprise, non?), my book aims to make DIY dressmaking appealing and accessible to complete beginners. And for those of you who are already confident in making your own clothes, there are lots of lovely projects to add to your handmade wardrobe. It's practical, encouraging and gorgeous - basically it's the book I wish had existed when I started sewing, and I believe it fills a real gap on the bookshelves.

The other exciting piece of news is that I quit my job! I'd been dreaming of being my own boss for a while now (I blame these inspiring ladies) and being able to spend my days on my passion for making stuff and helping other people to make stuff. I feel incredibly fortunate that getting this book deal has allowed me to do just that. Hooray! I'm working my derrière off - harder than I've ever worked before - writing, designing, drafting, sewing, preparing for photo shoots... oh and keeping up the blog of course, as it's what underpins everything I do and has brought me this wonderful opportunity in the first place. While part of me can't wait to have a break after my deadline, I am feeling SO fulfilled and absolutely loving every second of it! I keep breaking into spontaneous dances of excitement (yes, on my own).

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has been reading my blog and encouraging me to continue, as you've helped to get me into the seriously awesome position of being able to do what I truly truly love for a living. I feel so lucky to be part of such a creative, friendly and supportive community :)


[Soundtrack: 'Once in a Lifetime' by Talking Heads]

146 comments:

  1. Oh well done hun...
    I am soooo envious! I teach a variety of craft workshops to all abilities sharing my passion for sewing, make do and mend and all things vintage. I also adore writing so to write a book would be my ultimate goal....
    One day maybe?
    I wish you well with your venture...
    Tilly x

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  2. The. Best. News. Ever!
    I'm absolutely THRILLED for you Tilly and I just know your book will be awesome. I really hope this inspires others to make a living out of their passion. You go girl! xxx

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  3. Oh my goodness, lady! Fanastic news and so well deserved - keep living that dream and know we're all behind you xx

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  4. Oh, I'm so happy for you! I can't wait to see your book, and if it includes some new patterns you drafted, then I'll definitely buy it!! :)
    About your quitting your day-job - wow, that's so corageous of you! I'm keeping my fingers crossed, and if you need some new testers/book reviewers, I'm in! :)
    xx

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  5. Congratulations! I'm sure your book will be amazing. I've lingered on your site for a while and your Sewing 101s have been extremely helpful - so if your book is anyway reflective of the blog, it will be priceless for new seamstresses!

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  6. Great news! I am really happy for you, that you found your dream job now! Keep going. I am looking forward to your book. I am sure it will be as good as your blog if not even better :)

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  7. Wow Tilly! That's fab, and very brave. Wishing you all the best and that the deadlines aren't too daunting.

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  8. Congratulations! As much as the subjects of "A Day in the Life" inspire you - you inspire me. I also hope that I can one day quit my day job and make my blog + more a full time gig. So keep kicking but and inspiring others!

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  9. Amazing!!! very well done... I live in hope that one day I will be able to sew for a living :) xx

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  10. This is wonderful news Tilly! You are such an inspiration and I can't wait to buy your book when it comes out next year. All the best with your other exciting projects! David

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  11. Wonderful! Will put it on my Birthday list!! Hope there are some larger sizes in the book as us voluptuous ladies need all the help we can get!

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    1. The patterns won't be designed specifically for curvier sizes but I'm determined to include a wider range of sizes than most sewing books, even though I have to pay for the grading myself. I hope you like it!

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  12. Congratulations Tilly! You've clearly worked really really hard to make this happen (my own foray into blogging has given me an insight into how much work it takes!!) - good luck with the deadlines and looking forward to seeing the book!!

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  13. Great news - well done, and I hope the happy dances continue!

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  14. Great news - well done, and I hope the happy dances continue!

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  15. Great news! You really deserve this, Tilly - so pleased for you!

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  16. Congratulations Tilly! Wishing you the best of luck with your book - I look forward to reading it.

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  17. CONGRATULATIONS! That is such amazing news. It's truly amazing what you've managed to achieve in a few short years.

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  18. Congrats! That's fantastic news. I can't wait to see the book.

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  19. I feel so happy when people's dreams come true. Congratulations :)

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  20. Yay! So happy for you! I can't wait till next year! Do keep us updated.

    Brigid
    The Middle Sister and Singer

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  21. Wonderful news Tilly!! You deserve it as you've worked very hard and have given us so much !! I feel you've inspired me to make clothes!!
    Your book will hopefully come out at the same time as I finally finish my degree and hopefully have more time to concentrate on my crafts.

    Mind you, I did make a couple of lovely summer shirts for my daughters, which received nice comments this summer!!
    Congratulations!! Pati x

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  22. Fabulous news! Well done you, can't wait to see this book.

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  23. Congratulations - that must be a dream come true for you! I am looking forward to seeing your book and being inspired by it. Your blog is a super place to come for encouragement in sewing - I am just back into sewing after a while out and have finished Mathilde - it's a perfect pattern. Thanks!

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  24. Congratulations hunnie, I hope that one day, I too can make my passion my job. Although I am definitely not skilled or brave enough to do so just yet!

    I'll wait eagerly for the book but until then keep following your blog for all the sewing inspiration I need :)

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  25. This is amazing, congratulations Tilly! Very exciting times ahead and I'm so pleased we're able to follow you on your journey!

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  26. Congratulations - what brilliant news. I am so excited for you and can't wait for the book to come out!

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  27. nothing but the best! Congratulations and keep up the good work!

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  28. Yay! congrats Tilly!! Writing a book is such an achievement, i hope it all goes well and that you remember to have lots of fun while doing it too!

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  29. Yea Tilly! Congratulations x will add this to my birthday list in spring 2014 x

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  30. How exciting, congratulations! I'll certainly be looking out for it in shops next year.

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  31. so excited about this! my dream is to do exactly as you're doing too - hopefully the same will come to me one day :)

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  32. That's awesome Tilly! Can't wait!

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  33. Sensational! I wish you all the best in your new adventure and, please, keep on surprising us like this more often!

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  34. Congratulations! I will indeed be watching this space from the sunny isle of JA. *waves*

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  35. Wow amazing news!! Congratulations x

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  36. Congrats both for your book and for quitting the job...Hats off for the courage you showed

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  37. congratulations! Well done (and lucky you)!

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  38. So so excited for you Tilly! Can't wait to see all the great things you have in the works.

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  39. Keep on dancing! :-) Enjoy every minute of your hideously busy schedule and after, remember to breathe x

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  40. How exciting!! Congratulations!

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  41. Congratulations, that's really exciting! I hope all goes well with finishing up the book.

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  42. Congratulations on being self-employed. I think you will find there is nothing like being able to work for yourself and determine your destiny.  I’m so excited for your book. I’m new to sewing and I’m desperate to learn tips and techniques that will make it easier to learn.

    Continue to follow your dreams! You inspire us all!

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  43. Yea! Congratulations on the book deal & the job change :)

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  44. Congratulations!!! Can't wait to read the book!

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  45. So excited for you Tilly, how exciting! Congratulations on the new career, can't wait to read the finished book.

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  46. Yay! I'm so glad the cat is out of the bag! I am super happy for you and cannot wait to see it all wrapped up! Hang in there and email me anytime for moral support! xoxo

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    1. I'm sure I will - thanks Christine! x

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  47. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to read it!

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  48. Such fantastic news! Congrats Tilly, this is sooo exciting!!

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  49. OMG TILLY, HOW EXCITING!!! Writing a book, quitting your job to devote all your time to sewing - the best news!! I'm so so thrilled for you and I look forward to seeing what you're cooking up behind-the-scene... and I cannot WAIT to get my hands on that book!

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  50. Great News! Cant wait for your book to come out. Maybe you will share with us some pictures of what fabrics you are using for your book :)
    Wonderful! Good job! Keep it up. I am always curious to know what you are up to.

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  51. such exciting news!!!!! congratulations :) So thrilled - can't wait to hear/see more!

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  52. It is so exciting about hearing people being able to quit their jobs and do what they love full-time! Congratulations and best of luck with the book!!!

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  53. Wow, congrats! This sounds like dream come true! I wish you all the best for your new crafty life! Ad of course I'm really looking forward to your book.

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  54. Wow, what amazing news! Congratulations on your book and the big life change as well.
    Looking forward to hearing more about it as we head towards the Spring. You must be working your socks off!

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  55. Oh wow, congratulations Tilly! Well deserved and I know that the book will be lovely. Can't wait to see it...

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  56. I'm so happy and excited for you! I can't wait to see/learn more about the book. :D

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  57. I can't wait to read your book! It sounds like the perfect thing for me. I'm 14 so I don't have a lot of experience but I do love to sew, the only problem is that I'm a bit scared of making my own clothes because I think that I will ruin the fabric if it goes wrong! Practice makes perfect though, right? How long did it take you to learn how to make clothes?
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    Hannah xx

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  58. Ooooh, exciting! Congratulations Tilly, can't wait to read the book!

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  59. What a brave move - the best of luck with it all! I've enjoyed your blog for a few years now and you really do deserve this fantastic opportunity.

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  60. Well done, what excellent news! I am so happy and excited for you! Will definitely be ordering your book as soon as it's available. And I am very jealous of you becoming self employed.

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  61. Congratulations Tilly on the book, and quitting your job. Love it when people's dreams are fulfilled. Especially when those people just seem so nice :)

    Plus you know me, I love anyone who gets people in love with sewing!

    x Elena @ Randomly Happy
    www.randomlyhappyblog.com

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  62. Congratulations, can't wait to read it!

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  63. Congratulations Tilly. How exciting!

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  64. Ekkkk! I'm so excited for you and wish you the best of luck with many more spontaneous dances too!

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  65. So exciting! For you AND for us! Congratulations and I can't wait to see the book!

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  66. CONGRATULATIONS! This is wonderful news, both the book and being able to give up your job to do this full-time. I am thrilled for you. It is all very well deserved Tilly, well done indeed.

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  67. Eek so exciting! I cannot wait to read it.

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  68. Fantastic news! I can't WAIT to buy the book. Hope it's ready to pre-order on Amazon soon. Have you seen a cover yet?

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    1. Not the final cover, but I've seen the blad cover (you'll know what that means). It looks so... real!

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  69. Congratulations Tilly and good luck with this new adventure!

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  70. Wow what awesome news! You truely are an inspiration to all us sewers, i know i shall be purchasing the book when it comes out. YAY for you

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  71. How truly exciting for you!! Sounds like it's going to be a masterpiece. What a wonderful journey you're on. Looking forward to hearing/seeing more about it from you!

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  72. What a wonderful news for you Tilly! And for us as well of course!
    I wish you the best of luck with what's probably your biggest project so far!

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  73. Good on you Tilly, things are very exciting for you indeed!!!!

    Jenny from New Zealand

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  74. wow, i will definitely be buying this book once it hits the shelves! i have always wanted to make my own clothes and i think this book could help me to achive my goal :) will the nautical knit dress be a pattern? i love that one! beth :)

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  75. wow, i will definitely be buying this book once it hits the shelves! i have always wanted to make my own clothes and i think this book could help me to achive my goal :) will the nautical knit dress be a pattern? i love that one! beth :)

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  76. That's is such exciting news, good for you! I will definitely be buying a copy of your book when it is out. I just finished my first Miette skirt this weekend, so I will need more patterns from you!

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  77. Fantastic news! You've come ever such a long way since I first found your blog back in February 2010. Enjoy every minute - you deserve it.

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  78. Congratulations, Tilly! I'm thrilled for you:)

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  79. Tilly I am so so thrilled for you and it is so well deserved. I was hoping that you would write a book soon and I will certainly be buying it, can't wait. You are an inspiration to so many people Tilly including me and I want to thank you for this. Enjoy yourself Tilly and well done
    Lots of love as always
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  80. So exciting!!! Congratulations Tilly. I will definitely be putting some cash aside for this one :)

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  81. Congratulations! What exciting news! It must have been so hard to keep this all a secret! I'm really looking forward to seeing your new book and reading where you go from here. Keep working hard and hauling your star higher and higher up!

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  82. Wow so exciting, yay you, I love your addictive Miette skirt and have made 4 so far and love the compliments I get when wearing them, look forward to sewing the book

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  83. Congratulations, Tilly! Your site helped initiate my latest return to sewing, so in my opinion the attention is well-deserved. Good luck!

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  84. Woohooo! Awesome news, well done! Can't wait to purchase the book!

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  85. Congrats Tilly! That is such exciting news! I will have your book on pre-order as soon as it becomes available! Can't wait!!!!! You are a lucky lady!

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  86. Congratulations - I've been lurking for quite some time, but count me as one who has been inspired!

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  87. congratulations tilly!!!! i raise my glass to you!!!

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  88. Everybody's dream would be to be able to do what they love full time - and get paid for it! - so well done and l'm looking forward to seeing your book.

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  89. Congratulations, Tilly! I'm so happy for you and can' wait to see your book! :-)

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  90. I'm so excited for you Tilly!! Huge congratulations and good luck. Wow!!!!!!!!!! Xxx

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  91. Wow and congratulations! You're living the dream. Enjoy!

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  92. Congratulations! I wish you the best for this new life!

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  93. congratulations! can't wait for your book.

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  94. Ooh exciting! If its as good as your blog then I'm sure it'll be great!

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  95. Congratulations!!!!! Buckets of Joy!!! You are one of my blogger inspirations so I'm so pleased to hear that your dreams are coming true. Having followed your blog for sometime, I know that you've worked hard and accomplished a great deal to have this wonderful opportunity. Hip Hip Hurray! Looking forward to the book release.

    Cyndi
    afinehand/wordpress.com

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  96. Well done Tilly,
    You are an inspiration to us all.

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  97. Congratulations. My dream too. I teach crochet lessons and write my own patterns. I just need to get them down on paper, find a book deal and work really hard! Jo x

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  98. That's great news, Tilly! Well done! Your tutorials helped me so much a few months ago when I was starting out and I am forever grateful : ) I look forward to your book and I'm sure that it will help many more budding dressmakers! x

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  99. O Tilly congratulations! You're living the dream!

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  100. Ooh! How exciting! Congratulations. :D

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  101. Congratulations. I can't wait to read your book. Will we get any sneaky peeks before it's published? Pretty please?

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    1. I'll see how many sneaky peeks my publishers will let me get away with ;) It won't be for a while yet, but I'm definitely planning lots of fun things like outtakes and detail shots. I can also share more on the process of writing a book if that's of interest to people...

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  102. WOW AMAZING NEWS--

    JUST finishes my first skirt- newby alert - but it looks great so excited to have found a pattern i can use. looking forward to more- sarah

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  103. Thank you SO much for all your sweet comments, everyone! You're so kind and supportive :)

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  104. Congratulations! How exciting!! BTW - Love that Talking Heads song!
    If your book is anything like your blog, it's sure to be a big success!

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  105. I am so happy for you! How totally exciting. Watching you on the Great British Sewing Bee was a joy and I am proud that you have had such success. Enjoy your dream!

    Ramona
    Louisiana, USA

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  106. This is excellent news, Tilly. So exciting, and what a reward for your hard work.

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  107. Congrats Tilly, I am so beyond excited for you! So much great news!!!!

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  108. Oh! I am so happy for you, and for me I am sure your book gonna be awesome.

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  109. wow, congratulation! Excited how it will look like and what projects you will show! :)

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  110. Oh wow congrats Tilly! Clearly you've worked so hard for this and I'm so glad it's paying off for you. I'm in the "I'd love to do that" group, I wish you all the best and hope it's as amazing as I think it would be to hold your book in your hands!

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  111. So exciting! Congratulations!! Can't wait to see all the wonderful things you have in store for us.

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  112. Congratulations! Your blog it’s a great inspiration to me and to my work, I am new in the sewing world…. Can wait to see, and buy your book.
    Alexandra

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  113. That is amazing Tilly ! I am so glad you are doing it and living the dream. I look forward to the book xxxxx

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  114. Wow and wow!!!
    well done to you and those buttons....bestest daisy x

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  115. Amazing news but to be honest I knew it was only a matter of time lady - your learn to sew posts were made to be put into a gorgeous inspiring book! Congratulations, hooray, hooray!! I'm dancing with you!

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  116. Congrats! So freaking excited for you!

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  117. Excellent news Tilly. Can't wiat to get the book

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  118. That's fab, very pleased for you and wishing you loads of luck with the book. Love reading the blog.

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  119. Wow! Look forward to publication date!

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  120. That's so exciting Tilly. Can't wait to see the book. Amazing news.

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  121. What exciting news !! As a starter sewer I'll really look forward to the book!

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  122. Amazing news Tilly! I can't wait to read it!!

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  123. That is amazing news!! Im so happy for you and its amazing how much you have done. Will always be a fan.

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  124. Wonderful news! Congratulations for making your dream come true! I can't wait to read it too!

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  125. Wow! High fives lady! Lots of hard work led here, so pat yourself on the back. I bought the pattern to your Mathilde blouse as soon as it was released (and made it too!), I've been meaning to send a photo (don't have a blog). So many folks have commented on what a nice piece it is. It was also a pleasure to put together, especially for the casual seamstress I am ;-)

    I can't wait to see the book. I've been a fan of your blog for a couple of years (don't comment nearly enough), and I love your style and your way with words.

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  126. Hurray! How exciting, I can't wait to see it! Congratulations!

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  127. Well done you. I was really inspired by all the clothes making on the Great British Sewing Bee, but so far I'm developing my skills on my kids http://prolificprojectstarter.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=123&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2 however, I hope to graduate to grown up clothes. The problem is, I don't want to make a skirt, I want to make trousers, proper ones with a fly, that fit and reach my waistband, because I can't find them in the shops! I have an inkling that might be a long way off though. I'll definitely check out your book for tips when it comes out though.

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  128. Congratulations, what exciting news! Can I put in one request and ask that you make sizing possible beyond the standard 10/12/14/16?

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  129. Tilly, congratulations!!! that's brilliant news!!! I always find it exciting when someone follows his/ her dream! That means it's possible and helps others to do it too. All best and we'll be hear... following your blog and reading about your adventures! greetings from Greece xxx Evi xxx

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  130. Yipppppeeeeee! I am sooooooo excited for you! Big hugs!

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  131. Congratulations on the book and the job change! It's great that you can fulfil your dream! :)

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