26 December 2016

Ten Favourite Posts of 2016

Tilly and the Buttons
Tilly and the Buttons

With the year drawing to a close, it's time to take a walk down memory lane. Here are the most popular blog posts from the year in case you missed any (not counting finished sewing projects - a round up of those coming soon!). Hope you find something interesting or helpful here... enjoy!

Kick-start your sewing mojo! - Tilly and the Buttons

Kick-Start Your Sewing Mojo

Start your year as you mean to go on, with a thoroughly boosted sew-jo!

Tips to stop your sewing machine chewing up delicate fabric! - Tilly and the Buttons
Tips to stop your sewing machine chewing up delicate fabric! - Tilly and the Buttons
Tips to stop your sewing machine chewing up delicate fabric! - Tilly and the Buttons

How to Stop Your Sewing Machine Swallowing Fabric

When you splash out on lovely, delicate fabric, the last thing you want is for it to be chewed up by your sewing machine - yikes! Here are five tips to stop that from happening. You're welcome.

Fabric shopping in Japan - Tilly and the Buttons
Fabric shopping in Japan - Tilly and the Buttons

Fabric Shopping in Japan

I took my dream trip to Japan in January and reported back on the best fabric shopping trip EVER. (Spoiler alert: I ended up buying an extra suitcase!)

Tools for drafting, tracing and adjusting sewing patterns - Tilly and the Buttons
Tools for drafting, tracing and adjusting sewing patterns - Tilly and the Buttons

Tools for Drafting, Tracing and Adjusting Sewing Patterns

Whether you're making fitting adjustments to a pattern, preserving it for the future or drafting your own from scratch, it's helpful to have some tools around to make things easier. These are the pattern drafting/tracing tools I use most often.

Tips for sewing with ponte when your pattern is designed for woven fabric - Tilly and the Buttons
Tips for sewing with ponte when your pattern is designed for woven fabric - Tilly and the ButtonsTips for sewing with ponte when your pattern is designed for woven fabric - Tilly and the Buttons

Five Tips for Sewing with Ponte

Fallen in love with ponte? Many garments designed for woven fabric can be made in ponte even if it's not listed on the pattern as a suggested fabric. Here's some help figuring out if ponte is suitable for your project and any adjustments you'll need to make.

Interesting ways to make the most of your dress form! - Tilly and the ButtonsInteresting ways to make the most of your dress form! - Tilly and the Buttons

Five Ways to Use a Dress Form

Dress forms can be helpful in more ways than you think. Here are five ways we use dress forms in our studio.

Heidi's pretty sewing room - Tilly and the Buttons
Heidi's pretty sewing room - Tilly and the Buttons

Sewing Space Tours

This year we started a new feature where we get a peek into inspiring sewing spaces - including Heidi's hub, above. Take a tour of different spaces, from spare rooms to a yurt!

Caring for your clothes - Tilly and the ButtonsCaring for your clothes - Tilly and the Buttons

Prolong the Life of Your Clothes

We joined Love Your Clothes' national campaign to help reduce the impact of clothing on the environment, sharing a few tips on caring for your beloved garments.

Design hacks for the Bettine dress sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons
Design hacks for the Bettine dress sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

Design Hacks for the Bettine Sewing Pattern

The Bettine dress is one of our most popular sewing patterns. Here's a few ways stitchers have hacked the pattern to make it their own.

How to make rouleau button loops - Tilly and the Buttons
How to make rouleau button loops - Tilly and the ButtonsHow to make rouleau button loops - Tilly and the Buttons

How to Make Rouleau Button Loops

Here's how to make delicate rouleau button-loops for your dresses, blouses and skirts.

Happy reading! xxx

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