22 June 2022

Fitting Coralie

Tilly and the Buttons - fitting Coralie swimwear

Making the Coralie swimwear and need a little extra help getting the fit just right? Well, you've come to the right place! This post will cover the most common fitting adjustments you might want to consider for your Coralie. 

The Coralie swimwear, designed in collaboration with Hannah from Evie la Lùve, is a simple-to-sew, versatile swimwear pattern with multiple versions to choose from. Oh and did we mention it’s got ruffles too?! With so many gorgeous variations to sew we best get cracking!

Tilly and the Buttons - fitting Coralie swimwear

Our bodies are all wonderfully different and part of the joy of making our own clothes, lingerie and swimwear is that we can customise them completely to our shape and not have to settle with something that "kinda fits" bought from a shop. As with all sewing patterns, to get a perfect fit on the Coralie pattern, you may find you need to tweak the pattern a little bit before cutting out your fabric.

For best results, we recommend making a test swimsuit or bikini – AKA a “toile” – first before sewing in any special or expensive fabrics to check size and fit. It’s super important when making your toile that you use a fabric that has the same amount of stretch and recovery in both directions as the fabric you plan to make your final swimwear from. If it has a different stretch percentage, unfortunately it’s almost pointless making a test garment as it will fit differently. So make sure the stretch percentage is the same before you start, to save wasting your time and fabric! The fabric you use needs to have at least 50% stretch both widthways and lengthways. (Check out the supplies section in the online workshop for how to measure stretch percentage.)

In this post we’re going to cover:

Choosing your size
Lengthening or shortening pattern pieces
How to combine pattern sizes for different bust, waist and hip measurements
Full bust adjustment
Fixing a gaping seam
Adjusting the leg height
A quick fix for straps that are too long

Tilly and the Buttons - fitting Coralie swimwear

How do I choose my sewing pattern size?

Taking accurate measurements is the first step in making sure that your swimwear will fit. The three measurements you will need to determine your size are your bust, waist and hip measurements.

Using a flexible tape measure, find the circumference of your:

Bust – the fullest part of your bust, ie. around your nipples
Waist – the narrowest point around your middle, where you bend at the side
Hips – the fullest part of your bum (not around your hip bones, as the name suggests, which is higher up)

Check the tape measure is sitting level with the floor all the way around. It can help to turn to the side and look in a mirror to check.

18 June 2022

Inspiration and Fabric Shopping for Coralie Swimwear

Inspiration and Fabric Shopping for Coralie Swimwear

Ready for some mouthwatering ideas for sewing your Coralie swimsuits and bikinis

Sewing swimwear can feel daunting and we know for lots of sewists this may be your first toe-dip into the pool of supply shopping for this type of project. 

This is why we aren't only launching a gorgeous swimwear sewing pattern and an online workshop, we've also got a fully stocked supply shop with everything you need to sew Coralie - including all the fabrics we used for our stunning photoshoot samples!


We are stocking swimwear fabric for a limited period this summer, so be quick! If the fabric you have your heart set says 'OUT OF STOCK', click the 'TELL ME WHEN IT'S BACK' button underneath to get a notification if we restock it. At the time of writing, we have solid colours, lining and 6mm elastic back in stock verrrry soon and ginghams due back in early July.


Your main fabric needs to be a four-way stretch knit swimwear fabric with at least 50% stretch in both directions - crosswise and lengthwise. Look for a mix of nylon or polyester with elastane (AKA Lycra/Spandex). 

For your lining you can use a swimwear lining, stretch mesh or more of your main fabric, with at least 50% stretch in both directions. (If you're using main fabric for the lining though, we'd recommend more like 60/70% stretch as two layers of outer fabric will reduce how much the finished garment can stretch.) 

See above for the full breakdown of the Coralie sewing supplies!

15 June 2022

Learn to Sew Swimwear with our NEW Pattern and Online Workshop

Tilly and the Buttons X Evie La Luve Coralie swimsuit and bikini sewing pattern

Our sunniest launch is here! A brand new sewing pattern, an accompanying online workshop, AND a swimwear supplies shop!

Dive into summer by sewing your own Coralie swimsuit or bikini, created in collaboration with designer Evie la Lùve and available in sizes UK 6-34.

A photo of Hannah against mannequins wearing Coralie swimwear

Following the success of our collaboration last year on the Iris knickers sewing pattern and Learn to Sew knickers online workshop, we've teamed up again with Hannah Bullivant, the designer behind Evie la Lùve, this time to demystify swimwear

In our latest online workshop, Learn to Sew Swimwear, Hannah's expertise and reassuring teaching style will guide you through all the steps to creating a beautiful me-made swimsuit or bikini.

What's more, we've also put together a supply shop of mouthwatering swimwear fabrics and durable elastics, so your sewing will be smooth sailing.


Grab an ice cream and relax, because we've got SEW MUCH exciting info to share...

Back view of a lilac Coralie swimsuit featuring a low back with ruffles.
Model wearing a Coralie bikini featuring lilac high waist bottoms with a bikini top with neckline ruffles in mint and coral.
Model wearing a blue and white gingham Coralie bikini.
Model wearing a chartreuse yellow and white gingham Coralie swimsuit.


Nervous about tackling swimwear? If you need a helping hand, our brand new Learn to Sew Swimwear online workshop, taught by Hannah of Evie la Lùve, will take you step-by-step through making the pattern, with in-depth video lessons. Online workshops are the perfect way to learn from home, with on-demand lessons you can take at your own pace - plus the pattern is included in the price!

Get £10 off with our early-bird discount

Discount valid until 9am BST (UK time) on Wednesday 29 June 2022. No code required.

8 June 2022

Marcela's Lyra Shirt Dress Hack ft. Full-Length, Faux Button Placket!

Marcela's Lyra Shirt Dress Hack ft. Full-Length, Faux Button Placket!

Ready for some serious sewing inspo? We're handing the blog reins over to our newest Button recruit, our Office Assistant (and previous sewing pattern cover gal) Marcela! Marcela is known for her dreamy and adventurous sewing pattern hacks, and when we caught sight of her latest Lyra shirt dress featuring a full-length, faux button placket, we just HAD to know how she did it, and we bet you wanna know too...

Take it away, Marcela!

Marcela's Lyra shirt dress

Hi all! I want to share one of my favourite Tilly and the Buttons patterns with you, not because my face is on the cover, but more so for the fit of this pattern and because of my love for shirts. It’s the Lyra Shirt Dress sewing pattern, of course! 

When the pattern was released, I made my first version using a gorgeous viscose fabric from Fabrics Galore London, and confession time ... this was the first time I'd sewed with a "slippery fabric". Why I waited so long I will never know because it was super easy to sew with (check out our cutting & sewing tips here!). The drape in the fabric suits the Lyra pattern perfectly and I love how the final dress looks.

1 June 2022

Low Sew-Jo? Three Tips to Motivate Yourself to Sew (with Video!)

Three tips to motivate yourself to sew - Tilly and the Buttons

Lost the motivation to sew? How do you reignite your sew-jo - by which, of course, I mean your sewing mojo - when you're just not feeling it?

Let's face it, even if you lurrrrrve sewing, sometimes it's hard to summon the will and energy to cut something out or sit down at the machine and actually, you know, sew it. 

I know the feeling, particularly during the current phase of my life while I'm juggling running a business with looking after two children, one of whom is a baby who hasn't yet understood the assignment to sleep through the night. When they're finally in bed at the end of the day, I'm absolutely zonked and either want to go straight to bed myself or collapse on the sofa!

But, when I do sew, I feel really good. Even if I'm tired, spending even just a few minutes sewing a few seams makes me feel fulfilled. Making things really does nurture the soul, and it feels great to do something that’s just for myself.

So here are three tips I’ve learned that motivate me to sew when you I don’t feel like it...

Tilly's home sewing space

1) Make your sewing space appealing

I don’t know about you, but I'm more likely to want to spend time in my space when it looks cute – it makes me want to dive right in! 

So it's worth making the effort every so often to tidy away the clutter, organise your tools and sort out your supplies stash. 

Ask yourself how you can make it look and feel appealing to you – for me, this means adding colour with pastel tools and accessories, a rainbow thread rack, and cute pattern envelopes on display. Maybe for you this means adding pictures, plants, a comfy chair or motivational quotes – whatever it is that makes the space inspiring so you actually want to spend time there! Hopefully a little makeover will make your sewing table lure you in more often...

Sewing machine tools and project bag

2) Keep everything to hand

If you have the space, it's a great idea to keep your sewing machine out where you can see it. If it's hidden away in a cupboard, you're much less likely to use it - partly because you can’t see it, partly because it's an inconvenience to get it out and set it up. (I mean, how often do you use that smoothie maker that's stored under your stairs?)

I also like to keep my most-used tools - such as scissors, pins, tape measure and, of course, a seam ripper - in one pot that I can easily grab when needed. 

I also keep works-in-progress in a dedicated bag so I can easily find everything I need for that sewing project, such as thread, interfacing, buttons or elastic. I either use zip lock bags or re-use cellophane bags from online clothes shopping, which are great as they're easily resealable and you can instantly see what’s inside them.

Making it easy to find what you need makes it that little bit more convenient to stitch a few seams together when you have a bit of free time!

Tilly's hands sewing

3) Sew for just ten minutes

When life is busy and/or you're really tired, if you tell yourself that you should be sewing for an hour or two, that can feel overwhelming and unachievable. You're much more likely to get started if you don’t make it a big deal - try telling yourself that you're only going to sew for ten minutes. What can you get done in that time? Maybe you could insert a sleeve or two, sew a couple of seams, add some buttonholes... or even just tidy up a little for next time (see tip number one!).

If you do sew for ten minutes, you'll most likely still feel great and make progress. And, once you've overcome the hurdle of starting, chances are you won't want to stop and that ten minutes will turn into a fair bit longer :)

Those are my three tips for motivating yourself to sew when sew-jo is low. I hope they may be helpful to you if you find yourself in a sewing funk too!

P.S. I wrote a similar post about kick-starting your sew-jo back in 2016 - it includes some different tips to this post so is also worth a read (back then I didn't have children, so they're written from a different viewpoint!).

Author: Tilly Walnes

25 May 2022

Let's Sew With Knits!

Tilly and the Buttons Let's Sew With Knits

Want to start sewing with knit fabrics but don't know where to begin? Well, you've come to the right place! Whether you've yet to dip your toe into the wonderful world of sewing with stretch fabrics, or you've got a few projects under your belt but you want to take it to the next level, this master blog post with our tips for sewing with knit fabric will have you well on your way to the comfiest handmade wardrobe possible. 

Sewing knit fabrics on a regular sewing machine

Can I sew knit fabrics on a regular sewing machine?

Absolutely! While overlockers or sergers are great for handling stretch fabrics and creating a professional-looking finish (keep reading for more on this!), you don’t necessarily need one to sew with knits - hurrah! If you’ve got an adjustable zigzag stitch on your regular sewing machine, you can use that instead.

For more, check out Tilly's tips for sewing knit fabrics on a regular sewing machine.

Tilly and the Buttons Stitcher's Favourites sewing pattern bundle featuring Erin, Coco and Billie

What sewing patterns to use

Lucky for you, we can recommend a wide range of stretch sewing projects using our award-winning, jargon-busting sewing patterns! But we're not just talking about basic tops (although we do love the basics!), we've also got gorgeous designs for a wide range of garments and abilities including our Erin dungarees, the Iris knickers and our simple to sew Lotta dress. But don't just take our word for it, explore our collection of stretch sewing projects in our knits edit...

18 May 2022

Five Tips For Sewing With Interfacing (with Video!)

Five Tips For Interfacing

If you’ve got a couple of sewing projects under your belt, you’ve likely come across interfacing. Let's look at what interfacing is, how to use it, and our top tips for sewing with it.

What is interfacing?

Interfacing is a stiffening material used in sewing to add extra structure or firmness to certain areas of a garment – such as cuffs, button plackets, collars and waistbands. 

It is applied to the wrong side of the fabric (it’s usually the first step in sewing pattern instructions) and isn’t visible on the finished garment.

What type of interfacing should I buy?

You can get lots of different types of interfacing – iron-on or stitch-in; woven, non-woven or knit; black or white; light-weight to heavy-weight; designed for stretch or woven fabrics; in pre-cut packs or sold by the metre or yard. 

Which one you choose will depend on what fabric you’re using for your project – the main thing is to ensure is that the interfacing is a similar weight to the fabric you’re using so that it adds firmness but doesn't make it too stiff. 

Hunt around for variety of interfacings that you like – they’re always useful to have to hand. I generally keep a stash of light-weight, medium-weight and heavy-weight interfacing so I’ve always got something to match what I’m making. It's also useful to have some stretch interfacing if you regularly make garments in knit fabrics.

Iron-on - or "fusible" - interfacing is the easiest to use, unless the fabric that you're using is more suited to a sew-in material. If you’re using sheer fabrics, which interfacing would show through, you can attach a layer of fine fabric such as organza instead.

Five Tips For Interfacing - interfaced pattern pieces

How do I apply interfacing?

To apply iron-on or fusible interfacing:

  1. Cut the interfacing to the shape of the pattern piece. (Aim to not make it any bigger, or the glue could end up on your ironing board.)
  2. Place your fabric piece on an ironing board, with the wrong side facing up. Position the interfacing piece on top of it, with the glue side (rough side) facing down. 
  3. Gently press down onto the fabric with a hot, dry iron for a few seconds to allow the sticky side to melt and adhere to the fabric.

Now you know what interfacing is and how to use it, here are five tips for interfacing like a pro...

Five Tips For Interfacing - press up and down

1. Press up and down

With a hot, dry iron, when applying the interfacing, try not to move the iron back and forth - instead use an up-down motion so you don't squidge up the interfacing while the glue is melting. 

11 May 2022

Does It Have Pockets? Add In-seam Pockets To These Patterns!

Does It Have Pockets? Add In-seam Pockets To These Patterns!

The age-old sewing question... does it have pockets? 

We're big lovers of pockets here at Tilly and the Buttons, but what if the pattern you've picked out doesn't include them? Where are you supposed to hide your snacks, or how can you pose nonchalantly with your hands? Don't worry, sewists, we've got you covered with our free in-seam pocket pattern download which you can add to any suitable sewing project with a side seam!

Download the free pocket pattern

Open the pattern in Adobe Reader and print the pattern piece actual size / 100% scale on A4 or Letter size paper. Make sure you bookmark the video below or follow along with the steps in our blog post to sew yours.

Insert these pockets into your garment before you start sewing the pieces together. To decide where you want the pockets to sit – hold up the front fabric piece of your sewing project to your body, imagine putting your hands in the pockets, and mark with pins where the top of the pocket openings will fall on the side seams. Mark the same position on the back fabric piece. Simple!

Here's a round-up of inspiration for using your new best friend of a pattern piece...

Tilly and the Buttons Jaimie PJs sewing pattern

Jaimie PJs

PJs are a great place for pockets - fact! To keep the construction of these pyjama bottoms as simple as possible for newbie sewists, our Jaimie PJs sewing pattern doesn't include pockets. But if you're practising your sewing and fancy tackling pockets, it's nice and easy to add them to Jaimie. 


4 May 2022

Tilly's Number One Tip for Speedy Sewing (with Video!)

Tilly's Number One Tip for Speedy Sewing (with Video!)

Sewing to a deadline? Practising for the Sewing Bee?! Or maybe you just don't have much free time to sew and want to see quick progress with your projects...

I know the feeling for all of the above! So I'm a fan of time-saving techniques when it comes to sewing.

Want to know my NUMBER ONE tip for speedy sewing? Find out in the video...

In the video, I'm wearing my needlecord Erin dungarees, AKA our unofficial TATB uniform - at least half the team have an almost identical pair now!

27 April 2022

Five Tips For Spring Cleaning Your Fabric Stash

Five Tips For Spring Clean Your Fabric Stash

With blossoming trees and lighter, longer days at this time of year, many of us feel the urge to give our homes a good spring clean. And there's no reason to leave out our sewing spaces, as we sewists can certainly gather a wide variety of bits and bobs that are due a seasonal sort out... Yes, we're looking at you, fabric stash.

Five Tips For Spring Clean Your Fabric Stash - pile of fabrics

Acquiring a large collection of fabrics can be part and parcel of dressmaking, and fabric shopping is a separate hobby in itself, right? So it's no surprise our once humble fabric storage solutions quickly become overwhelmed. Not to mention the bags of scraps we hoard in case they come in handy someday (spoiler: they rarely do).

Sometimes a quick tidy isn't always the solution, sometimes you need to face facts and declare a destash! Whilst toying with the idea of simply buying another shelving unit for the overspill might sound like a plan, we understand that this quick fix won’t get to the root of the problem. Let's face it, for a lot of us, there are not enough days in the week to work our way through our fabric stash at a reasonable rate. 

It's time to take action! If you're feeling overwhelmed and uninspired by your fabric stash, here are five tips to spring clean your fabric stash...

Five Tips For Spring Clean Your Fabric Stash - pile of fabrics


A “capsule stash” is in the spirit of the “less is more” wardrobe principle. Our taste in fabrics can certainly change over the years, so weed out any pieces that don't match your current style - they deserve to be loved by someone, after all. Or, if you've discovered certain colours don't suit your skin tone as well as others, set those pieces aside because we want our fabrics to bring out the best in us!

20 April 2022

Erin Dungarees Sewalong: See The Buttons & Janome's Team Makes!

Erin Dungarees Sewalong: See The Buttons & Janome's Team Makes!

Our cute and comfy Erin dungarees sewing pattern became an instant hit amongst Team Buttons, we've racked up quite the number of dungas between us now! To celebrate the end of the Erin dungarees sewalong, supported by our friends at Janome, both teams are getting involved in sharing our Erin makes with you here on the blog. 

So keep on scrolling for a whole host of Erin dungarees in a wide range of fabrics and styles, demonstrating just how versatile Erin can be! 

Team Buttons

Tilly wears a pair of Erin dungarees in light blue ponte roma
Tilly wears a pair of Erin dungarees in light blue ponte roma

Tilly made her first pair of Erin's from a gorgeous muted blue Ponte Roma fabric.

Kate wears a pair of Erin dungarees in coral leopard print needlecord

Kate made her dream dungas with a vibrant leopard print coral needlecord.

15 April 2022

Erin Dungarees Sewalong: Finishing

Erin Dungarees Sewalong: Finishing

It's time to finish our Erin dungarees or overalls! We're at the last step of the Erin sewalong, which has been made possible thanks to support from Janome.

In this part of the Erin sewalong we'll cover:

  • Hemming
  • Sewing the buttonhole version
  • Finishing the tie shoulder version

Follow the Erin sewalong!

Tilly and the Buttons Erin dungarees or overalls sewing pattern in sizes UK 6-34

Watch the video for this step of the Erin sewalong here:

Erin Dungarees Sewalong: Hemming


Try on your dungarees and check you’re happy with the length, bearing in mind the full length or cropped legs will be 25mm (1in) shorter and the shorts will be 10mm (3/8in) shorter once hemmed. If you’d rather they were shorter, you can trim them down. If you’d rather they were longer, you can use a smaller hem allowance, and make a note to lengthen them next time you make them.

If you’re using woven fabric, finish the raw edges of the leg hems with zigzag stitch or an overlocker. Press the hems under to the wrong side by 25mm (1in) if you’re making the full length or cropped legs or by 10mm (3/4in) if you’re making the shorts. Pin in place.

Topstitch the hems using a 20mm (3/4in) seam allowance for the full length or cropped legs or 7mm (1/4in) for the shorts. Topstiching just means sewing visible stitches through the layers. If you’re using woven fabric, you can use a straight stitch on a regular sewing machine. If you’re using a knit fabric, you can either use a twin needle or an even zigzag stitch – try setting it to 2.5 length by 2.5 width.

13 April 2022

Erin Dungarees Sewalong: Assemble the Legs and Pockets

Erin Dungarees Sewalong: Assemble the Legs and Pockets

It's time to sew the legs and pockets of our Erin dungarees or overalls! We're breaking down the Erin sewalong into manageable chunks, with support from Janome - so no matter how much time you have to sew today, you can make some progress with your project. We're SEW close to finishing our dungas now...

In this part of the Erin sewalong we'll cover:

  • Making the legs
  • Attaching the pockets
  • Sewing the bodice and legs together

Tilly and the Buttons Erin dungarees or overalls sewing pattern in sizes UK 6-34

Watch the video for this step of the Erin sewalong here:

Erin Dungarees Sewalong: interfacing pockets


You should have cut two pocket interfacing strips in, you guessed it, interfacing, and marked on the pivot points. We’re going to apply them to the top edges of the front legs where the pocket openings will be – the interfacing will add some structure to the pocket openings so they stand up to wear and aren't too droopy.

The front legs are the ones that have single notches along the crotch curve (the back legs have double notches here). With the front legs wrong side up, lay the pocket interfacing strips over them at the waistline, or top edge, positioning them so the pivot points are 15mm (5/8in) from the waistline raw edge and aligned with the pocket bag notches on the legs. The rough, glue side of the interfacing should be face down. Press them in place with a dry iron. Snip the pocket bag notches again if you can’t see them.

11 April 2022

Erin Dungarees Sewalong: Assemble the Bib (Part 2)

Erin Dungarees Sewalong: Assemble the Bib (Part 2)

Let's continue to sew the bib for our Erin dungarees or overalls! We're breaking down the Erin sewalong into manageable chunks, with support from Janome - so no matter how much time you have to sew today, you can make some progress with your project.

In this part of the Erin sewalong we'll cover:

  • Making the straps (all versions)
  • Attaching the straps to the bib
  • Sewing the bib and bib lining together
  • Edgestitching

Tilly and the Buttons Erin dungarees or overalls sewing pattern in sizes UK 6-34

Watch the video for this step of the Erin sewalong here:

Erin Dungarees Sewalong: making the straps


Let’s start by making the dungaree straps. You’ll need four straps if you’re making the shoulder tie version or two straps for the buttonhole version. Fold each strap lengthways, right sides together, and press the fold. 

Pin together the long raw edges. We’re going to sew across one short end, starting at the fold, pivoting at the corner, then up the long edge, leaving the other short end unstitched. Sewing machines love sucking narrow pieces like this under the needle plate so, if you find that happens, don’t worry - pull it out, unpick any knots, then start again, this time starting a little way in from the edge – then you can sew back over the gap at the end, starting from the other direction.

So, we’re sewing across one short end first - start at the fold, back tacking, pause sewing 15mm (5/8in) before the raw edge, keep your needle down to keep the project in place, then raise your presser foot and pivot the strap so the long edge is pointing towards you. Lower the presser foot, then sew up the long edge. Back tack just before the end. Remember to leave the other short end unstitched.

If you’re using an overlocker, you can simply overlock one seam at a time rather than pivoting at the corner. 

If you used a regular sewing machine, trim and grade the seam allowances (remember, grading means trimming the seam allowances to different widths to cut down on bulk). Snip diagonally across the corners at each short, stitched end, taking care not to cut through the stitches. 

8 April 2022

Erin Dungarees Sewalong: Assemble the Bib (Part 1)

Erin Dungarees Sewalong: Assemble the Bib (Part 1)

Now it's time for the fun stuff! Let's get sewing the Erin dungarees or overalls - woo! 

We're breaking down the Erin dungarees sewalong, supported by Janome, into manageable chunks so no matter how much time you have to sew today, you can make some progress with your project.

We're starting with assembling the bib of the dungas. In this part of the Erin sewalong we'll cover:
  • Applying interfacing to your facings
  • Staystitching the bib underarm curves
  • Stitch settings for woven and knit fabrics
  • Starting to assemble the front bib

Tilly and the Buttons Erin dungarees or overalls sewing pattern in sizes UK 6-34

Watch the video for this step of the Erin sewalong here:

Erin Dungarees Sewalong: interfacing


We're starting by applying the interfacing to the yoke, which will give the top of the dungas some structure to stop it drooping. 

You should have cut out two front yokes and two back yokes, plus one front yoke and one back yoke in interfacing. Place the interfacing pieces glue side down on the wrong side of one front yoke and one back yoke - the glue side of the interfacing is the one that feels rough to the touch, and the "wrong" side of the fabric is the side that will go on the inside.

Hold a hot, dry iron on top for a few seconds to fuse the interfacing to the fabric. When applying the interfacing, try not to move the iron back and forth - instead use an up-down motion to move into you don't squidge up the interfacing while the glue is melting.

Snip the notches. The notch can stick together again if you snip them before applying the interfacing, so snip them after applying the interfacing instead.

These interfaced yokes will go on the outside of the dungas, and the ones that aren't interfaced will join the lining on the inside.

Bonus blog post: Tips for Interfacing Fabric!

6 April 2022

Bethany Rutter's Sewing Style!

Bethany Rutter's Sewing Style!

Hi makers! We've got a gorgeous blog post for you today, courtesy of one of our Indigo sewing pattern models, Bethany Rutter. Not only is Bethany #StyleGoals, but she's also a talented author and it just so happens the protagonist of her latest book Welcome To Your Life is just as obsessed with sewing as us. 

Let's hand things over to Bethany for some serious sewing inspiration...

Bethany Rutter - Welcome To Your Life

Serena, the protagonist of my new book Welcome To Your Life, lives to sew. She would rather be sewing than doing pretty much anything else: for her, it's a relaxation tool, a hobby, but most importantly a way of reclaiming her personal style from fashion brands that don't want to make clothes in her size. Throughout the book, Serena makes loads of different pieces for different occasions, and here are a few more size-inclusive styles I think she would love to make!

Bethany wearing a white broderie anglaise Indigo dress


In the book, Serena does actually make an outfit featuring white Broderie Anglaise so it felt fitting to include the Tilly and the Buttons pattern that I modelled in a white Broderie Anglaise! Serena is quite a low-key dresser (unlike her colleague Nicole) so the Indigo add-on sewing pattern in this pretty fabric represents the perfect mix of a more relaxed shape with a sweet, summery edge.