13 July 2022

Tilly's Makes SS22

Tilly wearing midi-length long sleeved shirt dress

It's been a while since I showed you what I've been sewing for myself... So let's go!

The start of the year was a bit slooooowwww on the sewing-for-fun front, as I was really busy with work, and exhausted from childcare and sleep deprivation, so any sewing I did do was pretty much just related to pattern development. Which is still fulfilling to do, but not the same as sitting down at the machine just for the pleasure of making something.

I think what reignited my sew-jo was falling in love with a piece of fabric - Hidden Signs rayon by Cloud9 to be precise - and setting out to make a Lyra shirt dress. Let me tell you, it took aaaages - like, weeks and weeks - to finish! Not because it's a particularly long or tricky make (it isn't), but because I was stitching it together in little pockets of time - 10-20 minute bursts in the evening before crashing into bed, or a few minutes here and there with my 4yo son sat on my lap (don't worry, he's very careful) while the baby napped.

I'm in love with the result, and finishing the dress gave me a burst of sewing energy. The lighter summer evenings have probably helped too. I've been on a bit of a sewing-for-fun frenzy ever since.

Here's a video of some of the things I made in spring and early summer 2022. You can find details of the patterns and fabrics used below...

Tilly wearing midi-length long sleeved shirt dress

Sewing pattern: Lyra shirt dress (at the time of writing, this is available as a PDF pattern, and the printed version will be back in stock late July 2022)
Fabric: Hidden Signs rayon by Cloud9 - Hey Sew Sister

Tilly on the beach wearing mint gingham swimsuit

Sewing pattern: Coralie swimsuit
Fabric: Mint gingham swimwear fabric - Tilly and the Buttons

Back view of Tilly wearing lilac swimsuit with ruffle neckline

Sewing pattern: Coralie swimsuit
Fabric: Lilac recycled swimwear fabric - Tilly and the Buttons

Tilly wearing black culotte trousers with floral print

Sewing pattern: Safiya trousers - pattern in Make It Simple
Fabric: Garden Vines by Rifle Paper Co (I can't remember where I bought this, sorry! But if you search online you may still find it...)

Tilly wearing black culotte dungarees with sixties flower print

Sewing pattern: Safiya dungarees - pattern in Make It Simple
Fabric: Rainbow Fabrics (now sold out)

Tilly wearing easy-fitting dungarees in pink needlecord

Sewing pattern: Erin dungarees
Fabric: Dusky rose needlecord - Sew Me Sunshine

Whatever you're making at the moment, happy sewing!

Author: Tilly Walnes