Thursday, February 27, 2014

I should coco...

We all love Tilly from Tilly and the Buttons and can't believe it was a year ago she was gracing our screens on the first series of The Great British Sewing Bee with her ambitious projects.

Now Tilly has quit her job in film and dedicated her life to teaching us all how to sew (yay).
Following on the success of her first 2 downloadable patterns the Mathilde and Miette Tilly has just launched her first printed pattern.

Welcome Coco, a beginner friendly jersey top and dress pattern. Ideal for Tilly's trademark Breton look.

Currently the pattern is only available from her website and you can buy it here. But we have plenty of fabulous new jersey fabric in to make your very own Coco.

Bonjour Ponte jersey

Tweet jersey

Blush jersey

Happy sewing xxx

Monday, February 3, 2014

My Rie dress, some exciting news and a giveaway!!!

So I have been a bit sporadic with the blog posts lately but I do have a very good excuse... there is a  mini fabric Godmother or Godfather on its way. 

I am really excited and as soon as I got a bit of energy I started on my maternity wardrobe (don't worry I promise not to turn my entire blog into 'sewing for mummies' but you will see a few more maternity and baby posts in the future) 

Project number one was the Rie dress from Megan Neilsen. This is part of a delightful range of maternity patterns including pencils skits and nursing tops. 
Sadly Megan no longer does print versions of her patterns (though there are a few left in stock on my website here) so for any of you who are paper pattern fans like me you will have to brave the world of downloads. You can find all of Megans patterns here.

I choose a wool and viscose jersey mix in French Navy to make this dress in and it worked a treat. It was a great chance for me to get out my overlocker and use it on a real life project not just practice runs. Two of my Resewlutions ticked off already and January is only just over! I also spent plenty of time testing to get the top stitching of the neckline, sleeves and hem to work. Use a scrap piece of fabric and play about with the tensions and stitch lengths to get it just right, takes a while but well worth the time put in. The dress pattern comes up quite short and as I am 5'9" I added an extra few inches (not a big fan of my thighs even with black opaques) and I love this length. 

If you need any help with sewing with jersey take a look at my sewing with jersey blog post here.


To celebrate I am giving away 3 metres of the lovely Fabric in your choice of either black or  French navy. To enter simply follow my blog, share on facebook/twitter then comment below telling me what I should sew first for baby(don't forget to leave your email address so I can contact you if you are lucky enough to win)