Hello! It’s Hannah, the intern at Tilly Towers, here to bring you our selection of what you’ve been busy sewing over the summer. We love seeing your beautiful creations, and it can be hard to pick our favourites, but this month I have burdened that difficult task especially for you!
Martha is such a pretty dress for autumn, and these two ladies have got it spot on with their monochrome versions. Jen’s Martha is the perfect balance of bold and feminine – the fabric showcases the design of the dress really nicely. Marie changed the Mandarin collar to a boat neckline for her second Martha dress. The result is so cute! Check out her original too.
Marigold has been around for a couple of months now, which has given you all plenty of time to get creative with her. We love Julie’s version in a beautiful mustard floral – perfect for brightening up a dull day. Allie has created a Bettine-Marigold frankenpattern which is casual but elegant. Find out how she did it on her blog.
Speaking of Bettine, here are two more stunning versions. Julie has clearly been busy, because as well as the gorgeous Marigold we’ve just seen, she’s also made this stripey Bettine out of jersey, which looks super comfy. This bird-print Bettine by @o0aly0o can be dressed up or down – such a versatile little dress!
Wendy’s Orla top demonstrates that Orla can be for summer too! She used cap sleeves to make hers more weather appropriate. And Elise has made her Orla in an elegant navy floral, with the perfect contrast collar. Gorgeous!
Fabric designer Lisa made her Mathilde blouse in her own fabric – now that’s what we call Me Made! Ana has modified her Mathilde to create shorter sleeves and a gathered yoke. The result has us grinning as much as her.
Maddy stitched this beautiful silky Fifi set for a friend’s 21st birthday and it’s such a gorgeous colour! I think we all wish we had friends like that. Jo has hacked her Fifi into a swim top for her holidays – what a fab idea! Find out how she did it on her blog.
Rosa must love Agnes because she’s made not one but two! We’re – ahem – going bananas for her banana print long-sleeved Agnes. For her second, she’s hacked the pattern to become a lovely Breton-striped dress.
We’re always spoilt for choice when it comes to Breton-stripe Cocos, and Alise’s version again proves why it is such a winning combination. But Sophia, our very own Freestyle Machine Embroidery workshop teacher, demonstrates that Cocos don’t have to be striped, with her funky colour-blocked Coco dress.
New stitcher Hollie is pretty-in-pink in her pastel Françoise dress – only her second ever handmade garment. Mary’s Françoise is so 60s with its ditsy yellow print and neat contrast collar and button band.
Finally, we’re bringing you a bunch of lovely makes from our book, Love at First Stitch. We love everything about Ella’s Mimi blouse: the peacock feather fabric, the perfectly turned-out collar, the gold buttons…beautiful! Nina’s pleated Lilou dress looks so elegant in a delicate floral and would be a lovely occasion dress – although, if it were ours, we’d be wearing it all the time!
We’re a bit starry-eyed over Lottie’s amazing space-print Lilou dress. Those planets on the skirt are just out of this world! Frankie has modified her Lilou dress with a fake button placket down the bodice, cut on the bias to make the best use of the gingham print. The result: gorgeous!
Well, that’s it for this time! As I said earlier, we really love seeing what you’ve made, so please keep sending us your lovely pics! Either tag us on Instagram with the hashtag for the pattern (e.g. #SewingCoco, #SewingMarigold, or #LoveAtFirstStitch if it’s a pattern from the book), or drop us an email with a picture of your make for us to drool over. Also, be sure to check out the Maker Galleries for more dressmaking inspiration. That’s all from me – have a lovely day!