10 January 2018

How to Sew Balanced Darts

How to sew balanced darts - a great way of reducing bulk in darts - Tilly and the Buttons


Have you ever sewn darts that come out a touch bulky and unsightly, no matter how much you steam them into submission? This can be a problem when sewing thicker fabrics in particular. Vanessa here with a super simple couture dressmaking technique that will “balance” out the layers of fabric to get a beautifully smooth finish on your darts, even on the thickest of fabrics.

You can use this technique on any fitted garment made from medium to heavy-weight fabrics such as our Etta dress, jackets, skirts or trousers. It works by stitching a folded swatch of fabric to one side of your dart and pressing it in the opposite direction to “counter-balance” the centre line.

It feels like it shouldn’t work – adding fabric to make something less bulky? But it does!

Practise the technique on a sample first, then move onto your dress.

How to sew balanced darts - a great way of reducing bulk in darts - Tilly and the Buttons

3 January 2018

Adventures in Baby Clothesmaking

Adventures in Baby Clothes Making - Tilly and the Buttons

My little boy was born last September, and I took advantage of the two weeks spent waiting past his due date to sew up some cute little clothes for him. And I'm so glad I did, as I can't see much sewing time in my near future, hehe :)

I downloaded three PDF patterns from Brindille and Twig, a company I stumbled upon on Instagram - the one piece, raglan tee and cuff leggings. They sew up so quickly, I got a little bit carried away and ended up making... erm... eleven pieces!

Adventures in Baby Clothes Making - Tilly and the Buttons