Archive: Feb 2015
The finished product should look something like this.
A scrap of fabric or paper placed behind the clipped seam will keep the Fray Check from getting on the rest of your garment while it drys.
I’m reviewing two more knit top patterns. My goal is to make different styles that will work with a variety of skirt, pant, and jacket combinations. One of my wardrobe observations is that some tops don’t work well with certain jackets or …read more
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Hello hello! Happy weekend, everyone, and happy end of February! I am so ridiculously pleased to have reached the end of what is always a very difficult month for me that I celebrated last night with gin and I am going to celebrate tonight with champag…read more
Hello lovely ladies! I’m very excited, as not only have I just sent off my upcoming pattern for testing, but I also have this cute little free MULTI-SIZED pattern to share with you (scroll to bottom of page for links).
Whilst I was pinning away on Pinterest for my western style skirt, I was also subconsciously gathering quite a lot of skirt images with curved hems. It all kind of accidentally became a thing and fell into place to become this simple little pattern.
The style is a straight skirt with elasticated waist, pockets and curved hem for ultimate sewing ease, comfort and style (in my opinion).
I have kept it at it’s most basic and made it up in this soft linen fabric, but it is ripe for a good pattern hack!
Look how well it goes with my other freebie sailors top pattern?
I was a pattern tester! For the first time ever I was the tester for a pattern and it is this lovely Weekend Doris dress that I had the pleasure of trying out!
I’m not sure how well I did at the testing bit, but I sure do like the pattern. Suitable fabrics as per the pattern are supposed to have stretch in, but after reading the designers blog post about her success with a woven here I could not resist breaking the rules and trying out this lovely cord. This fabric is actually left over from one of my previous pattern samples and I even cut said sample up to make up enough fabric, but I’m really pleased I did as this is the cosiest dress in town!
The pattern itself is very easy to use and so reminiscent of vintage, easy sew shift dresses. It’s a lovely shape and comes together quickly with no fit issues and has no fastenings. I got away with the no fastenings just about on the woven as it does pull over my head, but if you’re worried about hair and make-up then you may want to pop a zip in!
The sleeves (apart from the length), were the only pattern piece I modified for a woven. After reading Jeanette’s blog post I added about 10cm to the bottom of the sleeve width and drew a straight line up to the underarm. I also omitted the sleeve cuffs in favour of a turned up hem.
Hi and Happy Friday. Thank you so much for all the nice comments on the Quart coat, I really appreciate it. It probably goes to show that I really like making tailored wool items. I am about 3/4 of the way through making the Burda coat which I mentione…read more
Follow my blog with Bloglovin Issue 58/March 2015 of Making magazine was released in the UK yesterday and in it is this simple front buttoning bow tied blouse pattern and tutorial by yours truly Now the issue is on the shelves I can share this version with you- available on my Free Patterns Page […]read more
Happy Friday, everyone! Tilly is head down working on our next sewing patterns, so it’s Laura here today. London has been going clothing crazy during the last few days with London Fashion Week, but we much prefer seeing the handmade fashion you’ve been making yourself with T&TB pattterns!
This month people have been suffering from Megan madness – we have seen so many great versions of this dress being made! Charlotte loved making herself a new Little Black Dress, and Jemima made the Megan dress her own by lowering the empire waist line and adding a self-drafted collar and button placket. The pattern is included in Tilly’s book, Love at First Stitch.
Katie used some swoon-worthy floral Liberty fabric to make her Megan dress. And Jane looks very happy to be wearing her version made with a beautiful swirly print fabric.
The Lilou dress (also from Love At First Stitch) has been getting some major love too. Thouraya has sewn her new favourite dress in a fab arrow print fabric, while Elie’s floral version looks super cool with black tights and boots.
Who would have guessed that this awesome bright red Coco is the first garment Lisa has ever made?! I love how Selmin has used a different colour fabric for the funnel neck and sleeves on her Coco – such an effective idea.
Spring is definitely in the air, and Holly is getting in the spirit with her adorable floral Mimi blouse (pattern in Love at First Stitch). Sylvia has also used a fab flower print for her version, in a gorgeous shade of green. Cute buttons too!
Lottie had her head in the clouds when making herself this fun Clemence skirt (project included in Love at First Stitch). Sarah has chosen some great fabric too – who doesn’t love a bright geometric print? It really stands out when teamed with a black top and tights.
The sleeveless version of the Francoise dress will be great for warmer weather. Ping looks stunning in her printed velvet dress with contrasting collar, and Tabatha was getting into the Valentines Day spirit with her Francoise in a crazily cute heart print. Also, anyone else have major rug envy?!
The Margot pyjamas (pattern included in Love at First Stitch) are just what you need to get cosy in the cold weather. This fab pair sewn by Sara are the first garment she has made – so impressive! Andy is also getting involved in the action, with these super fun pjs made for him by Christina.
Running out of things to team with a classic Breton striped top? What better than a bright yellow denim Delphine skirt, like this awesome one made by Jenna. Sophie has made her Delphine in a super stylish tartan. (Pattern from Love at First Stitch.)
Lindsey has made not one, but two adorable versions of the Mathilde blouse with short sleeves. Emma’s version looks great worn with some jeans – such a pretty, relaxed look.
If you (like me!) are getting major sewing envy right now, there is loads more inspiration in the Maker Galleries on Pinterest – go see what people have been making. If you’ve sewn something with a Tilly and the Buttons pattern, send us your best photo for the Maker Gallery – you can tweet us, email us, or send us a link through this page (unfortunately we can’t pin from Instagram). We can’t wait to see!
The long stick will be used as a shed. (If you have a shed already, great! But I’m trying to show you how to do this all without having to run to the store for anything new.) This can be a long knitting needle, dowel rod, (clean) paint stirrer…you get the idea . A shed is woven through your warp and stays in the loom as you are weaving. It saves you time and effort because each time that you want to weave that particular up/down pattern, you simply raise the shed slightly and run your fabric yarn underneath it.
The fabric tuner (or a loop turner) is a sewing tool used to turn a narrow strip of fabric inside out, like a spaghetti strap. BUT in weaving it is perfect for grabbing the end of your fabric strip, securing it in the little hook closure, and pulling the strip easily back through the warp. Paired with the shed it makes the weaving go much more quickly.
First up, make t-shirt yarn for your loom’s warp, which is the vertical strings that you will be the base of your weaving.
This is a perfect time to use your scraps! Pull out your basket(s?) of scraps, salvages, and any fabric that looked really pretty in the store/online but didn’t work out. (My warp is made entirely out of an inexpensive but horrible feeling polyester knit. So glad to finally put it to some use!!)
Go through your scraps and look for anything that is roughly as wide as your loom or longer. You don’t need a really long continuous piece (I’ll show you why in a minute.)
-Look for fabric in varying textures: knits, wovens, linens, sweater knit, french terry, etc.
-Be sure to grab any fabric that has different looks on each sides (like terry or a double-sided fabric would be perfect.)
-This is also a good time to go through your clothes for up cycling-100% cotton t shirts make the best fabric yarn.
Now it’s time to cut. Get your rotary cutter and mat and cut each piece to your desired width. I cut my wovens about 3/8″ and my knits 1/2″ because I knew they would shrink as I pulled them taut.
Now is the moment of excitement, time to weave!!
Pick a fabric and start weaving about an inch from the base.
When you reach the end you simply wrap the fabric around the outer edge of the warp and go back again the other direction, alternating the up/down pattern that you used on the previous line.
I just loved making this. It was easy, relaxing to work on, and it came together so quickly!When I reached the end of my weaving, I slide a branch through the top and bottom loops of my weaving, making sure that each loop encircled the branch.
After a ridiculous – embarrassing even- amount of deliberation, I decided to join Instagram. (You can find me at @rachelstitchedtogether ). I must have talked to Dan about it a dozen times, to which he finally responded, “Rachel, it’s Insta…read more
Hi, guys! Hope you’re all well and sewing up a storm! OK, question: do you have seasonal color palettes? I know I do! Sometimes I feel like my closet is split between two different people- winter me and summer me! In warm weather, I’m all about bright colors and fun prints, but in the winter, […]read more
Hi, friends! Before I move on to today’s post, I have to stop and say how much I’ve been loving all your comments on my last post about my new hair color and more importantly, about celebrating yourself. Thank you for all the lovely compliments, but REALLY thank you for… read more »read more
Come See Us @ Sew Expo PuyallupToday is the big day! All set for the Sew Expo opening this morning. Come see us in booth 830, and come to the Tilton Sisters Vogue/Butterick Fashion Show: Thursday/Friday at 10:30, Saturday at 2:30. &nb…read more
I had sworn off dresses, promising to only make separates for a while…but when I saw this print from April Rhodes new fabric line, Wanderer, I thought it was a perfect match for the Papercut Clover dress. April had contacted me and asked if I would like some of her new fabric in advance of […]read more