25 April 2018

Five Freyas for Louise

Me, myself + Freya - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons
I have a confession to make… I am completely obsessed with making Freyas – anyone else with me?
 
It's Louise here, the sales and communications manager at Tilly and the Buttons. Last month we launched our latest book – Stretch! Make Yourself Comfortable Sewing with Knit Fabrics – and have been busy bees collectively getting our sew on so I thought I'd share my makes with you : )

Freya dresses - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons

18 April 2018

Did someone say fabric shopping?

Art class french terry - minty
Twinkle stripe jersey

Hold the phone! Our online shop is now stocked full of gorgeous knit fabrics perfect for your Stretch! makes. We often get asked where we get our fabrics from so we thought we’d do the leg work for you and put together a selection of the most dreamy fabrics.

Handpicked by Tilly, from glitter sweatshirt fleece to super fun prints on the softest french terry - we've got you covered. They tick all the boxes when it comes to comfort and quality, look good enough to eat so won’t hang around forever.

Check out our dreamy drawstring jersey yarn - perfect for making the Stella hoodie and joggers, we also have stretch interfacing which is great to stash in your sewing tool box. Finally, by popular demand we have a batch of our coveted secret pyjamas squad patches for sale - grab one to join the the gang : )

Ready, steady, sew!

11 April 2018

Sewing Space Tours... Sophia's Dorset Dream!

Sewing Space Tours... Sophia's Dorset Dream!

For the next of our Sewing Space Tours, where we peek behind closed doors at a crafter's inspiring sewing room, we're travelling to the lovely British countryside. This crafty lady returned from Australia to her native Dorset, where she set up her business making gorgeous homewares inspired by her surroundings. She's also a good friend of Tilly and the Buttons! Over to Sophia for more...

Sewing Space Tours... Sophia's Dorset Dream!

Hi, I’m Sophia, and I'm lucky enough to live in a beautiful town in Dorset. I also happen to have the best job in the world, where I can sit in my little studio and sew all day long. This could be making personalised products through my online shop Jessalli Handmade, stitching clothing for my blog, or designing projects for craft magazines.

Sewing Space Tours... Sophia's Dorset Dream!

My sewing space is in our spare room. I need a large amount of space to store all my supplies, stock and fabrics and this room is the perfect size. It also has a large window, which my sewing table is under, giving plenty of light for me to work with.

Sewing Space Tours... Sophia's Dorset Dream!

I work between three surfaces. My sewing table, which my mum bought years ago at a flea market, my desk which was my grandmothers, and my parents first table when they got married. My cutting table which is made up of a top I found at a second hand furniture warehouse and some IKEA trestle legs, so I can adjust the height.

4 April 2018

Inspiration for Your Stretch Makes

Tilly and the Buttons dressmaking inspiration: Stretch - Make Yourself Comfortable Sewing with Knit Fabrics
It's Louise here, the sales and communications manager from team Buttons – a sewist with a passion for fashion! Last month we launched Tilly's latest book – Stretch! Make Yourself Comfortable Sewing with Knit Fabrics – and I have been pinning to my heart’s content to inspire our next Stretch! makes. I have so many ideas for fabric, styling and embellishments... it’s pretty much all we can talk about in the office at the mo! What are you planning to make? Please do share!

Tilly and the Buttons dressmaking inspiration: Stretch - Make Yourself Comfortable Sewing with Knit Fabrics
BIBI
The pencil skirt is a confirmed classic but there are plenty of ways to reinvent this oh so chic style. I have soooo much inspiration for making our Bibi I just don’t know where to start.

Make a statement with colour or print on Bibi – style it with a tucked in top or Frankie tee thrown on for effortless cool. You can have fun playing with length and try a midi or maxi – it’s perfect with a front or back slit. You may have guessed it but we love Bibi as a pinafore which can be casual or smart depending on the fabric used – Jenny made a gorgeous version in lilac, our current new favourite colour.

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