26 October 2016

Free Pattern Bonus! Rosa Shirt Long Sleeve and Cuff

Free Pattern Bonus! Rosa Shirt Long Sleeve and Cuff Variation

Fancy making a Rosa shirt or dress with long sleeves and cuff opening for the colder months? We’ve created a bonus pattern for the full length sleeves, cuffs and facings, which you can download for free, plus step-by-step instructions (below) on how to sew them together. You're welcome!

(The pattern prints on 9 sheets of A4 or Letter paper)

Rosa Shirt Sewing Pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

19 October 2016

Nautical Cascade Anorak

Tilly's nautical Cascade anorakTilly's nautical Cascade anorak

Meet my new anorak! This is the Cascade pattern by Grainline - lovely lady Jen gave it to me when I met up with her in Chicago a while back, and I finally got around to making it this September. I love it!

I made it in a soft blue cotton twill from Goldhawk Road, and lined it in a navy striped jersey (I can't remember where I got that from, sorry). It's a cropped jacket with the hemline around the high hip. I didn't quite realise this until I'd cut it out - I had it in my head that it would look like a Seasalt anorak I have, and didn't bother look at the finished measurements. Good job I didn't shorten it like I usually do on bodices, as it's already pretty short! I do really like it though, and there's another variation in the pattern to add a lower panel if you want it to be longer.

14 October 2016

We need your help!

We're over the moon to have been nominated in three categories in the British Sewing Awards 2016 - 'Best Pattern House', 'Best Sewing Blog' and 'Favourite Sewing Personality'!

We'd be soooo grateful if you'd take 2 minutes to vote for Tilly and the Buttons.

In the 'Best Pattern House' category we're the only independent label up against the big, long-established brands, so we really need your help to win.

12 October 2016

Sewing Space Tours... Ashley's Sewing Sanctuary!

Ashley's beautiful sewing space!

Hello! Lexy at the keys once again, to introduce a rather lovely sewing space as part of our Sewing Space Tours series. We're all in love with the colour of that filing cabinet - it would look right at home over at Tilly Towers! Here's Ashley to show us around her space...

Hello! I'm Ashley, and I'm the face behind Lazy Daisy Jones, where I blog about living creatively and colourfully. I'm here to share with you my favourite room in the house - my sewing room. I live with my family and a menagerie of pets, in the glorious rural county of Dorset, in the South West of the UK.

Ashley's beautiful sewing space!

5 October 2016

How to Sew Piping to a Collar or Corner

How to Sew Piping to a Collar or Corner - Tilly and the Buttons

Stitching piping to the seams of your handmade clothes is a lovely way to highlight interesting style lines, particularly if they’d otherwise be hidden by a darker fabric or busy print.

While I’ve written about piping before, I expect some of you may be wondering how to pipe the corners on the Rosa shirt and dress – on the pointed yoke and corners of the collar. So today I’m going to take you through the steps to pipe a seam with a corner.

Rosa sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons