DIY Felt Breakfast Food

Today we’re “bringing home” this felt breakfast food post Allegra posted 2 years ago over at Sew Mama Sew.  Her siblings still love to play with this darling, handmade felt breakfast food! Hi!  I’m Allegra, and I blog over at Skirt Fixation with my mom and sisters. I love embroidery, and combining that with another […]

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DIY Fizzy Bath Soak Recipe

Here’s a fun gift or a quick pick-me-up: DIY fizzy bath soak! Relax and enjoy this easy recipe. The best part is, your fizzy bath soak looks great and can provide inexpensive bathroom decor. Ingredients:  1 cup baking soda 1/2 cup citric acid 1/2 cup epsom salt 1 tsp water 2 tsp essential oil 3 […]

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Palm Springs Postcards

Eons ago I shared a selection of vintage Los Angeles postcards I had collected over the years, mentioned it would be a series, sharing other vintage postcards from my collection. Well, here we are well over a year later and I am finally going to share some more gems with you! I decided to share vintage […]

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Kitty, Puppy and Octopus Snips back in stock!

Yup, even the octopus! These adorable snips are less than 2″ long and are the perfect addition to your craft bag. Now fully restocked in all colors! Get your kitties, puppies and octopuses (or octopi? I never know) now!

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Bitesize return

Hello lovely people! I am not even going to do the calculations for how long a break I have taken.  But it’s been a while hasn’t it? So much has happened in between, Christmas, New Year and all sorts of others. How have you been?  Sewing strong I hope?  I have been doing plenty of […]

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Experimenting with Natural Dyes

I’ve been experimenting with natural dyes for the last few months with an increasing curiosity for the broad range of colors that can be found in nature. I used to think of natural dye colors as muddy and dull, and while you can get plenty of those, there are some fantastic hues that make all of my pink and yellow dreams come true! There is more on this subject to…

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Pattern Review: Love Notions Summer Caye Pants

Pattern name: Love Notions Summer Caye Pants Size range (with measurements):  0-24 (waist measurements of 24.5 to 45.5 inches) What size did you make? I made the size 22 (wide leg version) with adjustments. What are your measurements, height, and body type? Bust 47′′, waist 39′′-41”, hip 48′′, RTW size 16/18, Body Shape: Celloish Height:…

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Curvy Confidence Interviews: Mary Alice of Well Sewn Style

Today, I’m super excited to bring you the fabulous Mary Alice from Well Sewn Style. Love her style, her story, and her passion and I hope you will too! Let’s start at the beginning! What was your body image like as a child and teenager?  I think as a child and teen my body image {…Continue Reading}

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ask me: sewing space and sewing time

The Ask Me series is back today. Liesl has been taking your questions by email and today she answers the first set of them.

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ask me: sewing space and sewing time

The Ask Me series is back today. Liesl has been taking your questions by email and today she answers the first set of them.

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Two Blackwork Stockings eBook Released

Finding unique ideas for Christmas stockings can be a pain, especially when you want something easy. Blackwork with its timeless patterns is perfect for stockings. You can vary it in the colors you want, it creates a rich collection of patterns that can be embellished if you like or kept simple. It’s one of the […]

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Snow Leopard Coloring Pages for Kids and Adults

This snow leopard coloring page is a wonderful afternoon activity as there are lots of details to color. It’s excellent for those who love animals. If you like coloring pages like this, also check out this Cheetah coloring page. Coloring can be a very relaxing activity for not just children, but adults as well; it’s a…

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Make Your Own Gradient Planters

Hello lovelies! I’m Kara from the blog A Kailo Chic Life, and I am so excited to be joining the ABM team to bring you colorful DIY projects every month. I jumped into the creative world 12 years ago with my company Kailo Chic and have been sharing my love of prints, patterns, and all things colorful with the world ever since. So thank you for letting me share my…

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Monday Morning Inspiration/Flower Power Fashion

Jill of The Denver Sewing Collective recently shared a link to a very interesting website, Moomooi. Now it’s no secret that I love flowers, so…this was right up my alley 🙂 

Moomooi is the work of Meredith Wing. Her training and background is in fashion design as well as architecture. In 2014, her #SomeFlowerGirls illustrations rapidly gained a huge following and now her client list is mind boggling. She combines illustration with flowers, vegetables, and other found objects. I’ve included a few of my favorites below. You can see more HERE

Check out this video that showcases accessories featuring her delightful designs. I think she needs to start designing a fabric line!!!

Just goes to show…


“Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.”

Ray Bradbury
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Handmade Everyday: My Four Winds Quilt

We talk a lot about handmade wardrobes over here since we’re in the wardrobe business, but we also love having handmade items in our home as well, so I thought I’d share my recently finished Four Winds Quilt on the … Continue reading

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Handmade Everyday: My Four Winds Quilt

We talk a lot about handmade wardrobes over here since we’re in the wardrobe business, but we also love having handmade items in our home as well, so I thought I’d share my recently finished Four Winds Quilt on the … Continue reading

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Podcast Episode #91: Susan Fitzgerald of Red Gate Stitchery

On today’s episode of the While She Naps podcast we’re talking about launching a kit and pattern business with my guest, Susan Fitzgerald. Susan lives near me in the Boston area so were actually able to record this interview in person in Susan’s beautiful studio. Susan designs modern cross stitch kits and patterns. Her work… 

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Cape

 Good morning and happy Monday! Living in flats lately and today’s outfit is no different. Rounded up some of my favorites below! Hope you have a great start to your week! *** Blouse – Theory (still available here for $175 | also similar for less: here) Cape – Valentino (found it for 75% off | […]

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Sewing Zadie: Stabilise Seams and Sew Pleats

Sewing Zadie: Stabilise seams and sew pleats - Tilly and the Buttons

Ready to start making your Zadie dress? Today I’m going to walk you through the first steps – exciting!

Getting started

First things first – take your measurements, choose your size and make any initial adjustments to the pattern. Go back a couple of posts to read up on sizing and fitting for the Zadie dress.

Sewing Zadie: Stabilise seams and sew pleats - Tilly and the Buttons

If you haven’t yet cut out your fabric, do that now, and add the markings as explained on the ‘Cut Your Fabric’ page of the instructions. Be sure to mark the pivot points on carefully to all the pieces that need them – these will be really helpful later for getting neat corners on those Z-shaped seams.

Have a read of this post I wrote on how to cut knit fabric if you haven’t done it before.

There are cutting layout diagrams in the Zadie instructions that show you how to cut the pattern without wasting fabric. If you’re making a colour blocked version, you can download extra cutting layouts at the bottom of the Zadie page on our shop.

Sewing Zadie: Stabilise seams and sew pleats - Tilly and the Buttons

You can sew Zadie either entirely on a regular sewing machine, or partly on a regular machine and partly on an overlocker or serger if you have one. The instructions booklet includes some tips on sewing knit fabrics. If you need extra help, take a look at my online video workshop Learn to Sew Jersey Tops – it takes you through cutting and stitching techniques for stretchy jersey on a regular home sewing machine.

If you do have an overlocker or serger, I don’t recommend making the whole thing on it – there are lots of seams involved, and in some places you are stitching between two points rather than edge to edge. The overlocker can make it difficult to stitch precisely between points as it will cut through or stitch over bits it’s not meant to. So use your regular machine for most of the sewing – the instructions say when you can overlock or serge if you want to.

One more tip before we start sewing – the unusual style lines on this pattern mean that it may not be immediately obvious to you which seam is which. We always label the seams on our sewing patterns so you can see what’s what – so if you can’t work out which seam I’m telling you to pin or stitch in this sewalong, take a look at the pattern sheets. One of our pattern testers also found it helpful to mark the initial of the seam on the wrong side of the fabric in chalk pencil. Hopefully you won’t need to do that as I’m going to show you looooads of photos to explain the steps, but something to consider if you get lost!

Ready to sew? Let’s go!

Let’s get sewing! We’re going to start by stabilising some of the seams that will come under strain when you wear your dress, to help stop them stretching out of shape and drooping with the weight of the skirt over time. You can use stay tape, clear elastic, ribbon or strips of knit interfacing as stabiliser – basically, something that will hold its shape, preferably about 6-8mm (1/4in) wide. I like to use satin ribbon as it’s easy to get hold of and adds a pretty detail to the inside of the dress.

Sewing Zadie: Stabilise seams and sew pleats - Tilly and the Buttons

We’re going to attach your chosen stabiliser to the following seams:

• front bodice waistline
• back bodice waistline
• front skirt pocket openings

Sewing Zadie: Stabilise seams and sew pleats - Tilly and the Buttons

Pin the stabiliser to the wrong side of the fabric, lining it up so it’s a little less than 15mm (5/8in) from the fabric edge – so it’s close to the seam you’ll be stitching later, but not so close that it will overlap the seam line and be bulky.

Snip off the short ends of the stabiliser so they’re about 15mm (5/8in) from each end – this will avoid the seam allowances of the other seams so the layers don’t get too cumbersome later.

Attach the stabiliser using a wide zigzag stitch on your sewing machine – or press it on with a dry iron if you’re using fusible tape.

Sewing Zadie: Stabilise seams and sew pleats - Tilly and the Buttons

Now we’re going to make the pleats on the skirts. You should have marked four pairs of pleat lines on both the front skirt and back skirt. Bring each pair of pleat lines directly on top of each other by folding the fabric right sides together between them. Pin each pair of pleat lines together along the lines.

Sewing Zadie: Stabilise seams and sew pleats - Tilly and the Buttons

To make accurate pleats, check the pins are exactly on the lines on both sides of the pleat.

Stitch together the lines of each pleat using a straight stitch on your sewing machine – sew from the inside of the fabric towards the raw edge, and back tack (reverse stitch) securely at each end. (If you try to sew from the raw edge of the fabric inwards, it’s likely the fabric will get sucked into your machine or the threads knotted up.)

Sewing Zadie: Stabilise seams and sew pleats - Tilly and the Buttons

Press the pleats towards the side seams. To hold them in place, tack (baste) horizontally across the top with a long zigzag stitch (about 2.5mm wide by 4mm long), 10mm (3/8in) from the edge.

Sewing Zadie: Stabilise seams and sew pleats - Tilly and the Buttons

And that’s it for today! In the next post, I’ll show you how to put together the pieces to create the front of the dress…

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7 Years Of Blogging & Giveaway

Wow, how did that happen? Seven years of sharing my sewing, my life, my dog. It’s my bloggiversary today. I’ve made lots of lifetime friends, I’ve made a lot of clothes (I just chucked some out this morning!) and I’ve … Continue reading

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Amanda vs Chataigne Shorts

As a lady of habit it takes me  fair while to make a change once I am comfy with something. But after after four years of sewing and 15 pairs of Iris Shorts later it was time to mix things up and hunt down a cute new shorts pattern. Armed with google and two hours to […]

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YouTube Debut

Don’t freak out friends, but my YouTube debut isn’t sewing-related. It is, however, Charlotte-related and you guys can’t seem to get enough of her! Ever since we broke the news that she’s transgender you’ve shown us both endless support and kindne…

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Sunday Night Reflections

This is a syndicated post. Please visit the original author at Rhonda’s Creative Life

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Sydney Frocktails

On Saturday night Sydney held its second Frocktails – a cocktail party/raucous catch-up where attendees are encouraged to wear something fancy and me-made. Frocktails happen all around Australia and are usually organised for members of the Spoolettes g…

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Sewing myself a well fitting bra – Fazer um soutien que me sirva na perfeição

EN Summary: Following my previous post about learning resources and suppliers on bra-making, in this article I’m sharing my first two attempts at his fine art: a fitting bra (the equivalent to a muslin bra, yet constructed with the real fabrics and materials) and the following bra, after having perfected the fit of the first bra. Keep reading the full article! 
PT Sumário: No seguimento do meu primeiro artigo acerca de como aprender e onde comprar os aviamentos, hoje partilho os meus dois primeiros soutiens: o primeiro é um modelo de prova e serviu para testar o molde (embora seja confecionado com o tecido e aviamentos finais) e o segundo foi feito já com algumas modificações servir na perfeição. Continuem a ler o artigo completo!

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Sewing myself a well fitting bra – Fazer um soutien que me sirva na perfeição

EN Summary: Following my previous post about learning resources and suppliers on bra-making, in this article I’m sharing my first two attempts at his fine art: a fitting bra (the equivalent to a muslin bra, yet constructed with the real fabrics and materials) and the following bra, after having perfected the fit of the first bra. Keep reading the full article! 
PT Sumário: No seguimento do meu primeiro artigo acerca de como aprender e onde comprar os aviamentos, hoje partilho os meus dois primeiros soutiens: o primeiro é um modelo de prova e serviu para testar o molde (embora seja confecionado com o tecido e aviamentos finais) e o segundo foi feito já com algumas modificações servir na perfeição. Continuem a ler o artigo completo!

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Denim-look voile shirt and a new method for the front placket

Why do I find sewing button front shirts so satisfying lately? It is a bit curious as basic shirts with a button front and a traditional stand collar are not something that played a large role in my wardrobe in past years. Perhaps they always seemed ve…

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New loose shapes

This past month, I have been sewing and I have enjoyed it… It just took me a long time to take pictures of what I had made. I finally caught up. Today, E took pictures of three different new garments. Actually, four new garments but two of those are …

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Sunday’s Soup/Carrot-Ginger-Orange Soup

I have always loved flowers. I enjoy growing flowers, drawing flowers, as well as picking them and making arrangements…a bit of a flower child :)Every year for Christmas, my nephew sends me an amaryllis plant. It arrives in a box just waiting to see …

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