6 May 2014

Love at First Stitch: The Patterns!

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Wow, you guys are just the best. Thank you SO much for such a fantastic response to my book! It's really nerve wracking to put something out there that I worked on so intensively for so long (especially on the Internet which can be so mean sometimes, yikes), so I really value your support. I'm so lucky to be part of such a positive, friendly community of makers. Thank you!



And here are the pattern designs! There are full scale pattern sheets in eight sizes (sizing chart here) included in the back of the book, ready to trace off or trace straight onto your fabric. The printed patterns are: Margot pyjama bottoms, Delphine skirt, Megan dress, Mimi blouse, Lilou dress. Plus there are instructions for making your own simple patterns for the Brigitte scarf and Clémence skirt.

A special thank you here to the three lovely haberdasheries who contributed fabric: Ray Stitch, The Village Haberdashery and The Fabric Godmother. I can't promise they'll still have the exact fabrics in stock as I started working on this aaaages ago, but do go have a look!

As you can see, the designs start simple enough for novice stitchers and get increasingly more challenging - in a good way - as you build up your skills and confidence. By the time you get to the Mimi blouse in chapter 6, for example, you'll be stitching a Chelsea collar, buttonholes and adorable pleated sleeves.

The book also outlines variations for each design - for example, the Lilou dress also has a scallop neckline or gathered skirt option. That way you can make them your own - and make them again and again. I know you talented lot are going to come up with some adorable versions of these patterns. I can't WAIT to see...

Which one is your favourite?

Right, I'm off to start signing copies of Love at First Stitch for the people who have ordered it from my shop. Ta ra for now!

73 comments:

  1. Hey Tilly, your book looks amazing! I can't wait to get a copy. Well done you. Out of interest did you make he stripey tops you're wearing in he photos? (We won't judge you if you did!). Thanks and congratulations. Exciting stuff. Zoe

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    1. Busted! No they were chosen by the stylist. I hadn't designed Coco by then :)

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  2. Me oh my, each and all of your patterns are gorgeous! My sewing machine hasn't had much use lately but I can wait to get my mojo back and get creating some of these beauties x x

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  3. wow! these are all so sweet! the Megan dress i think might be a favourite - or maybe i like Lilou... hmm... so many choices.
    Will the book be distributed internationally do you think? to far off Australia?
    If not, i hope the book depository will pick it up or Amazon

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    1. Hi Catherine, I'm in Australia too - I ordered Tilly's book through Book Depository on the 1st May and it actually arrived today!

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    2. I need to check up on this, I *think* there may be a forthcoming Australian edition...

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  4. the pj pic is proper cool. Loving the fabric for the clemence skirt. I must make a megan dress - too cute! Congrats!

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  5. Oh wow I love the designs! As someone who is aiming to make her own capsule wardrobe these are perfect. I can't wait to get my copy. I'll probably make the Megan Dress first...or maybe the Mimi blouse...or the Delphine skirt...Ooo so hard to choose. Congratulations Tilly! X

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  6. I just told my mum and husband that when I get to the end of some back to back sewing projects at the end of this week I will definitely be packing away my sewing machine taking at least a month off sewing to enjoy the summer outside rather than in. And after a near nervous breakdown over a waist band at 10:00pm lastnight I vowed I would perhaps forget any ideas of making my own clothes and just to stick to home furnishings and craft sewing in future. I even told myself I would not by led astray by reading sewing blogs. But somehow I ended up on your blog again and now my good intentions are completely ruined on seeing the patterns from your book. I am so glad I kept the pyjama fabric uncut on the hope there would be a pattern in your book! If I already have the fabric it hardly counts as a new project. Lets just see if I can hold out until the end of the month!

    Well done on an amazing book can't wait to see it in the flesh!

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    1. Yesss... we'll get you into dressmaking!

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  7. These patterns look great, and I love your thinking behind how you have designed the book. The styles are very similar to my personal taste, so this looks like a book where I would make everything and not just one or two items.

    Off to sweet talk the hubby

    www.calascrafts.blogspot.com

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    1. So glad to hear that! Can't wait to see what you make...

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  8. The patterns look amazing Tilly! I think the Megan dress is my fave, but I love the Clemence blouse too. I'm off to order a copy of the book now!

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  9. so excited to get your book, ordered my copy on saturday! :)
    charl xo
    www.aplaceonthebookshelf.blogspot.com

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  10. Ok you've twisted my arm! These patterns are amazing! I just ordered my copy. Another birthday present to myself. :)

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  11. I've got my copy ordered and I'm super excited about it arriving. I love the Megan dress and also the Mimi blouse. Not sure which I will make first. Congrats on such a lovely collection of patterns Tilly :-)

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  12. Really not sure which is my favorite pattern. They are all really good. Love the idea that they get more challenging as you progress through the book

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  13. I can't pick one specific project that I like best, but I have some navy wool blend which will be perfect for a Delphine in my stash. I love the Megan dress, and will be knocking up some Margot pj bottoms! Hurry up Amazon.

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  14. The Mimi blouse is adorable! I think I will order a copy for my sister, too, as she wants to learn how to sew and has a very similar style aesthetic!

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  15. They are all so cute, how can anyone pick a favorite! Though I must tell you, I am working on my next pattern that comes out in July, and I had totally named it Delphine! What the what? Seriously, what are the odds of that?! Clearly I now need to rename it ;)

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    1. Oh no!! That's happened to me before too - I have similar taste in names to Victory Patterns in particular :) BTW I am now free on 14th June - yessss xx

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  16. Hi Tilly! The patterns look so wonderfull! Is it still time to get a signed copy?

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    1. Please say yes (I did order the book but made some kind of mistake and didn't finalize my order!)

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    2. Yes yes yes! I've ordered a second batch of books :)

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    3. Great! Let's do it!!
      I especialy love the mimi blouse!

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  17. Megan and Delphine are to die for, well done Tilly!

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  18. My name! In a sewing book! One more reason to buy your book (if I ever needed one).
    I think I would like to sew my way through all the patterns to renew my sewing skills that are a little rusty. I hope to be able to tackle soon the Mimi blouse, which I really love. And of course a Clémence is de rigueur ;-)

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  19. How is it possible that you have made a book full of patterns that I love and must have?? I can't wait to get a copy!! I love love love love Delphine!

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  20. They all look amazing! Congratulations on your accomplishments! I'll keep my eyes open for the book.

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  21. The Mimi blouse is exactly what I've been casting about looking for this past week! It's gooooorgeous.

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  22. The Megan dress is exactly the dress I wanted to make a few months ago when I had a major problem with a Burda pattern. I can't wait to get this book now that I see all the patterns. I want to make everything!

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    1. Megan is great (if I do say so myself). Chic but very forgiving on the waist and hips!

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  23. Congratulations Tilly your book looks amazing!! So beautifully put together - can't wait to try out your new patterns :)

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  24. Mimi and Delphine look adorable. Can't wait to have a look at your book. Congrats and keep them coming they are lovely.

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  25. OMG I need the mimi blouse in my life ! I might have to leave this page open so my other half gets the hint that I want to book
    Frankie
    http://www.knitwits-owls.blogspot.co.uk/

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  26. Congratulations! The patterns are lovely! I wish you all the best with it and things to come!

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  27. Beautiful! I want to make them all. I am going to treat myself to making one new pattern from the book each month, starting with the Megan dress, as it's my favourite. It's going to be a good year on the sewing front-thanks, Tilly!

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    1. Brilliant - can't wait to see what you make!

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  28. Tilly - I love that you are inspiring new sewists - as well as those who need a nudge to challenge themselves a bit! I teach in Bellevue, WA, and my PASSION is getting as many people as possible OVER THE MOON about sewing. Thank you for this wonderful book, and I look forward to reading/using it with my students. Best always!

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  29. Tilly - I ordered the book through book depository the other day (i'm in Australia) and it was sitting in my letterbox today!! I can't wait to get started on every single one of the patterns. The book is absolutely beautiful and your explanations are just perfect. I'd stopped sewing about 10 years ago (too many poorly fitting mistakes), but Coco reeled me back in (i've made a shocking 4 in the last month). Thank you so much!

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  30. Really looking forward to getting my copy now !!

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  31. Congrats Tilly! The patterns are so pretty and elegant!

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  32. I received my lovely book yesterday in Malta - congratulations! I'm far from a beginner but knew I'd enjoy the book and the patterns - and I was right:). So cute, especially Megan - love the line.
    Oh, and by the way, I love your red lipstick look, but those colours they used on you are gorgeous and really suit you too! And you should think about framing a print of that pic of yours in profile:)

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    1. Aw you're so sweet! TBH I struggle to look at those pics of myself, but I guess everyone hates seeing photos of themselves...

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  33. I have a really big crush on Lilou ! Beautiful ! Well done Tilly !

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  34. Congratulations on the book, it looks stunning. All the patterns are winners and I can see it persuading those new to sewing to give it a go. If I had to pick a favourite it'd be the Mimi blouse. The fabric you made it in is so cute.

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  35. Looks amazing! I can't wait to get my hands on it!

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  36. Are these patterns for knits or wovens? Or both?

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    1. They're all wovens, but I made one of the Megan dresses (the red and navy colour block one) in a double knit.

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    2. Okay, thank you! Yes, double knits would be a good choice of knitted fabric for a beginning sewist. Very pretty dress designs! <3 from Texas, USA

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  37. I am absolutely hear over heels for your patterns! I want to make them all!! I am so happy for your book, I have been following for two years and you are living the dream

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  38. Congratulations Tilly! The book looks incredible :) I can't wait to get my own copy and try my hand at some of those beautiful patterns.

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  39. My favourite is the Mimi blouse. Lots of nice patterns. I don't have the book yet but will soon sort that out!
    sewanneuk.blogspot.co.uk

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  40. Your book is so on my wishlist! Congratulations!

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  41. Can't wait to buy your book! (Student Loan Activate...!)
    Can I just say, I love that the patterns are sized by 'size 1, size 2, size 3' rather than UK sizes (eg. 8, 10, 12...) both me and friends that I sew for tend to be a bit self self concious which can lead to dishonesty r.e. sizing! It's so much easier to think "Ok I need a size 4" or to tell someone "I'm going to make your dress in size 6." Also you have to check measurements properly rather than just assuming you usual size will be fine. Brilliant idea!

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    1. Hi. Fab looking book. I have an hourglass figure and find high st dresses baggy at my waist. Do you think itd be easy fir me to adjust your dress patterns to fit my figure as im not a size 1/2/3 etc all over. Thanks, linzi

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    2. I got my copy of the book, there's actually a section on sizing and measurements, and combining different sizes! The patterns are really simple and well drawn too so I don't think you'll have a problem

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  42. Such a great book! Good job!

    Can't wait to start sewing!

    Hugs and kisses all the way from Norway

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  43. Just got my copy ot the book, I'm so excited! Just wanted to say that I think the book is brilliant, perfect for anyone looking to start making their own clothes, I am going to start with the Delphine skirt. I've even got some denim material that I bought previously for a skirt but was too scared to make it because inserting a zip seemed so daunting! I'll let you know how I get on!

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  44. The Lilou is SO pretty - I now know how to do pleats - yay! Tried to update a photo onto your pin board but couldn't work out how to as I'm new to this.

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  45. I wonder where you found that red fabric with white birds, I really looooooove it!

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  46. The lilou dress is sooo pretty, and I love the way it's styled. Cute heart head band! I really want to make the mimi shirt, too.

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  47. Wow Tilly! I am just getting back to sewing for myself. I've hopped onto following (far too many :)) bloggers - been overseas for a month, my inbox is bursting at the seams and yours is the FIRST one I opened! Congratulations, this is a fabulous book, it is going to do great things for so many people, most inspiring! Good wishes all the way from Australia!

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  48. Hi Tilly, your book is great!
    I started to cut the Mimi (I LOVE it!).
    But is the seam allowance all ready included in the pattern?
    Or should I add it myself?

    Greets from Belgium

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    1. Thanks Elien! Yes, 15mm / 5/8in seam allowance is included in all my patterns. Can't wait to see your Mimi blouse!

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  49. Hi Tilly, I got your book for christmas and I'm in love with it. I can't wait to use the patterns and make garments.
    My favorite sentence in your book is : "Take your time and enjoy the process", it's a way of sewing and also a way of life. Your book changed my seamstress life !
    Thanks to you my sewing mojo is back (yeah baby yeah !). So thank you, thank you, thank you for this amazing and wonderful book !
    ps : Excuse-me if I made mistakes in this text because I'm french and my english is not perfect, but it was very important to me to thank you.

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