6 March 2015

Behind the Scenes...

Happy Friday! I hope you're having a good week. Today I thought I'd share what we've been getting up to behind the scenes at T&TB HQ recently.

First up, we're working hard on two new patterns! I'm seriously excited to show them to you - they've already become staples in my wardrobe. They're currently at the external testing stage, and will be ready in the spring. The technical perfecting-and-formatting stage is always quite a task, and a design feature of one of these patterns caused particular brain ache. Luckily we have the lovely view to keep us inspired :) (Can you spot the Shard?) Ooh and when I say "we", that includes our new Sewing Pattern Assistant! I'll introduce you to her soon, once she's had a chance to catch her breath and settle in...

We've also welcomed lots of lovely people into the studio for our workshops. It's been a bumper few weeks as more people are catching the sewing bug - that makes us so happy! We've just added some new dates so if there's something you fancy doing, take a look at what's on. As always, if there's something you'd like us to run, let us know as we're always open to new ideas.

I'm also working on some sewing projects to share with you on the blog soon - watch this space for those. Ten points if you recognise the pattern (lurrrve that pleated sleeve).

Of course, the photos I take are of the aesthetically pleasing side of what I do. Trust me, you don't want to see what I actually spend most of my time on - boring spreadsheets, tax paperwork, endless emails and never-ending to do lists, hahaha! Admin and finance stuff takes up a crazy amount of time, but I am making an effort to fit creative time in too :)

And finally, if you follow me on Instagram, you may be wondering what on earth were Laura and I doing on a forklift truck?? Well, it's a long sorry, but we had to collect our stock that our printers had been storing for us. What could have been a stressful day for various reasons turned into quite a fun one larking about at the warehouse, ending in a well-deserved pub lunch. (And before anyone writes in, nooo, we didn't actually drive it because health and safety.)

Anyone going to the Knitting and Stitching Show this weekend? I think I'm going on Saturday afternoon, so do say hello if you see me wondering around looking lost... Bon weekend, tout le monde!


  1. I think it's a mimi! I adore the sleeve pleat! X

  2. Ohhh. new patterns!! I can't wait! If you need a tester - pick me! I love your patterns!!
    now it's a good friday!
    Stine from Denmark, who love that your book is now availabel in danish - but who had already baought it in english

  3. That's definitely a Mimi Blouse from your lovely book! I went to the Spring Knitting and Stitching show yesterday! It was a great amount of fun! Get there early (I did), as it got rather busy later in the day! Enjoy it!

  4. Two new patterns! Oh, this is very exciting news :) Now, how can I wait!

  5. Behind the Scenes post are some of my favorite post, gives me an idea of what I can look forward to. Looking forward to seeing those two new patterns, maybe we can have a sneak peek into what it takes for your pattern from idea to a finished product in a few post.

    1. That's a great idea! We're actually changing some of the ways we do things at the moment, but once we've settled into the new systems I'll share how we do it...

  6. Is it a Mimi blouse? I've got to make one of those for summer! Can't wait for the new patterns!!!

  7. Good Monday Morning, Tilly. I love to sew, but am intimidated by the fact that my mother made my clothes for me when I was little... and not so little...

    I saw this today, and thought of you; it should link to a quote from a 1949 Singer Sewing Machine manual...


    Perhaps that's where I go wrong... I never worry at all about unwashed dishes...

  8. I loooooove that window (and the vew of that window!) Good luck with admin work! Evanthia


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