5 April 2017

Big Project in the Works!



As you may or may not have already guessed from hints dropped here and there, I'm working on something BIG for 2018... my second book!

I know it's been a long time coming since the publication of my first book, Love at First Stitch, in May 2014, and that a lot of you have been asking for a second book sooner. The truth is that I felt so burnt out after writing the first one that I really needed a break. And then the sewing pattern and online workshop side of my business started growing... and growing... and the idea of trying to write a book alongside running a business seemed crazy!

Last Summer I decided that the time had come, and I started getting excited again about the idea of writing a second book. I wrote the proposal and outline over the Summer and designed all the projects, then pitched the book in September 2016. In the Autumn, I started fleshing out the content - this time with the invaluable help of Vanessa, our pattern cutter, on the patterns themselves.

The book will be published in Spring 2018 by Quadrille. So far I've designed all the projects, outlined the structure and content, written three chapters, sourced the fabrics, sewn lots of samples, had two photo shoots, and Vanessa has drafted the majority of the patterns. We've still got quite a bit to do before the deadline at the end of June, but it's really getting there.



So what's the book about? Well, I'm going to keep that a surprise until nearer the time ;) Sorry!! What I can tell you is that it's a great follow on from my first book, teaching you more advanced dressmaking skills. It will also make a really nice standalone book for experienced stitchers who want to build their wardrobe with some awesome patterns.

Oh and it's going to be amazing! I'm seriously in love with the projects in it and living in the sample garments. The concept is really strong and I know it's something that lots of you will be excited by.

Can't wait to share more with you soon! In the meantime, if you fancy finding out more about what it was like writing my first book, you can read posts from the archive on Getting a Craft Book Deal and Behind the Scenes Writing a Book.

Now I'm going to get back to work!

24 comments:

  1. This is great news Tilly! Your first book was full of really good advice and the patterns were fantastic. Good luck and I'm looking forward to your next one! X

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  2. Wahoo. Nice one Tilly and Vanessa. Hope the rest of the book writing goes well. I look forward to reading it and making some new T&tB clothes next year!

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  3. Now I'm very excited! Fabulous news, Tilly! I can't wait for its publication.

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  4. This is so exciting! I just got your first one though! Better start sewing so I can be ready!! ;)

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  5. This sounds great! I can't wait to read it :)

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  6. Thank you so much, everyone! We're seriously excited over here - I've got so many sewing tips to share and the projects are looking amazing!!

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  7. I was right I was right!!!!
    Frankie
    Www.knitwits-owls.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. good luck. I hope it all goes well- We’ll all be excited to see it. Love all the help I can get with sewing and inspirational projects too...great!!!

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  9. Great news Tilly - really excited !

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  10. Oooh! I just started working through your first book (making the pajama pants this weekend!), so another book next year will be perfect! Very excited.

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  11. What a blast! I bought your first book for the patterns, as I'm very much not a beginner, and loved it. Really looking forward to something more advanced!

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  12. Great news Tilly, I love your first book. I hope that your second book will include patterns and not PDF patterns.

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    1. Thank you! The patterns in the first book are printed, not PDFs - they're all included in the back. The second one will be the same :)

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    2. oh great! I didn't buy a couple of books like Alabama chanin's and Victory Patterns' because of the CD thing... So glad you're not going that way!

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  13. Congratulations, this will be awesome!
    Looking forward to it!

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  14. I've been going through your first book and I was just thinking this morning I hope you do a new book soon (Especially in knits!).
    So happy! Sew Dizzy x

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  15. Wonderful, I love your style of patterns, they fit me so well and are pretty but practical. A book with PDF patters would be the best of both worlds xx

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  16. Dear Tilly, this is such good news. Your inspiration and advice has been invaluable in my journey into sewing. I still get such a buzz when people comment on my clothes and I tell them I made it myself and it really was your first book you wrote that did that. So now comes another!? I can't wait. A million thank you's and good luck to you and your splendid team. Ems xx

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  17. I am excited about a second book. I just ordered the first one which is still on its way to me, I enjoy reading your tutorials which have helped my sewing

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  18. Great news about the book, you are an inspiration how you have taken your hobby and created a business. I have been sewing since I was sixteen and it is wonderful how you present it in a fun way. x

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  19. Just read your first book yesterday. It inspired me so much, really look forward to the second

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