29 June 2016

Sewing Marigold: Trouser Darts, Pleats + Pockets

Sewing the Marigold Jumpsuit: Trouser Darts, Pleats and Pockets
Sewing the Marigold jumpsuit or trousers? Today we're going to start putting this beauty together! More specifically, we're going to sew the pleats on the front trousers and darts on the back trousers, then make the slash pockets.

New to the sewalong? Catch up on previous posts here.

27 June 2016

Sewing Marigold: Cut + Stabilise Your Fabric

Cutting and stabilising fabric - Tilly and the Buttons

Sewing the Marigold jumpsuit or trousers? If you've found your size and made any fitting alterations, now we can get to the fun part - cutting out! We're also going to talk about stabilising the fabric to avoid droopy pockets and a saggy neckline. Even if you are an experienced fabric cutter, please pay attention to the stabilisation part of this post :)

Catching up? Order your pattern and read the previous sewalong posts.

24 June 2016

Sewing Marigold: Fitting the Bodice

Fitting the Marigold jumpsuit - Tilly and the Buttons

Sewing the Marigold jumpsuit? In the previous post we looked at some adjustments you can make to the trousers to get a bespoke fit. If you’re making the jumpsuit version, now we're going to shift our attention to the bodice.

Like with the trousers, don't be daunted by all these steps. You may not need to make any of these changes at all, or just one or two. It's a good idea to consider your first version a "wearable toile", in other words, understand that you might need to tweak the second one if you find any areas don't quite fit your body as you'd like.

In any case, this pattern shouldn't be over-fitted - don’t be tempted to make the bodice too tight. It’s designed to have a fairly loose, blousy style. Once the facing goes in it will feel snugger against your upper chest, and you'll need the extra length at the waist - particularly at the back - so you don't get a wedgie when you sit down in the jumpsuit!

Sewing Marigold: Fitting the Trousers

Fitting Tips for the Marigold Trousers - Tilly and the Buttons
Summer is here and we’re pining to get our Marigold trousers and jumpsuits off the pattern paper and into the park! 

It’s Vanessa here today to share some simple trouser pattern alterations to help you get a bespoke fit. While trousers have a reputation for being difficult to fit to different figures, thankfully Marigold’s casual, breezy style makes them easier than most. Hooray! The following alterations are by no means necessary - you may need no alterations at all, or just one or two tweaks. But if something’s not quite working with your first pair, it might be worth working through this post and see if any of it could apply to you.

22 June 2016

Your Makes!

Hello! Lexy here, with another roundup of what you've been sewing over the past few months.  We've been totally spoiled for choice after Me Made May, so here's a selection of some of our faves!

20 June 2016

My Marigold Jumpsuit

Marigold jumpsuit - sewing pattern from Tilly and the ButtonsMarigold jumpsuit - sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons
It's all settled - this is the outfit I'm living in this Summer!

I sewed this Marigold jumpsuit in a lovely viscose bought from Sew Over It (now out of stock, but they do have a cracking selection of other viscoses). And then made my long-suffering fella take a million photos while we were on holiday to the Amalfi Coast before he was rewarded with a limoncello ice cream. We found this wall is in pretty Atrani, five minutes walk from Amalfi itself.

17 June 2016

10 Design Hack Ideas for the Marigold Jumpsuit

10 Design Hack Ideas for the Marigold Jumpsuit

The Marigold jumpsuit sewing pattern has sooooo much design hack potential! Not only can you make a jumpsuit and trousers with it, but we're bursting with ideas for other styles and garments you can create.

Here are a few suggestions - and please do share your own ideas in the comments! Clockwise from top left...

15 June 2016

Fabric Shopping for the Marigold Jumpsuit and Trousers

Fabric ideas for the Marigold sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons
Thank you SO much for your incredible response to the Marigold sewing pattern! Lexy is packing your orders at lightning speed. We're so glad you love the jumpsuit and trousers pattern as much as we do :)

One of the most enjoyable parts of making your own clothes is choosing a fabric that makes your heart melt. Which is exactly what we're going to talk about today!

13 June 2016

Introducing the Marigold Sewing Pattern!

Marigold jumpsuit sewing pattern - Tilly and the ButtonsMarigold trousers sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

We are sooooo excited to introduce you to our latest sewing pattern!

Marigold features two Summer essentials in one pattern – whip up a stylish jumpsuit or casual trousers, destined to become your go-to outfits!


Here's a little video so you can see how it looks on a moving person (click bottom right of the frame above to watch it in full screen)...

8 June 2016

My Me Made May (and a Couple of News Flashes)

Did you join in with Me Made May this year? I always enjoy Zoe’s challenge to us to wear our handmade clothes throughout the month of May. You may have followed my daily outfits on Instagram, but in case you didn’t, here’s a little round up of what I wore...

Above - Clockwise from top right:

1 June 2016

Five Design Hacks for the Bettine Sewing Pattern

Design hack ideas for the Bettine sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

According to Instagram, I’m not the only one who has made Bettine dresses for every day of the week. When speed, comfort and style combine, a sewing pattern becomes addictive! If you’re looking to mix it up a bit with your next Bettine dress, here are some design hack ideas we’ve spotted around the internet…