Tag Archive: fabric

Same but Different

A little diversion (or two) from my own personal A/W wardrobe which features some sewing for others. Based upon the available evidence I have come to the conclusion that I do not make subtle quilts! Well, maybe one, but all … Continue reading

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how to pre-wash your fabric before sewing

Have you ever wondered when you need to pre-wash fabric and how best to do it? Liesl explains the reasons why pre-washing is important and gives suggestions for different types of fibers.

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O1 Jacket

As promised, here’s the low-down on a few of my pieces for O1 specifically, the reversible jacket made as part of my O autumn/winter collection and the doubled layered top. My first outfit has the really imaginative title of O1 … Continue reading

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New Office, New Dress

Finally I am out of retail and in an office environment. So I have decided to update my wardrobe and my sewing game.This fabric is from Joann’s it’s an awesome comfortable and warm knit, perfect for fall.  I used Butterick’s 5780 pattern but changed the bottom pleats.  I took off 2 inches from the waist…

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Fabulous Finds

Happy Thursday!I’m back home after an absolutely delightful time in Kalamazoo, MI. I taught a bag workshop and everyone did such an amazing job! I’ll share pictures in just a few days. The color combinations were incredible and each bag was so very uni…

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Custom Lace Bolero

This custom bolero is for a mother of one of my clients that I have been helping with all of their wedding alterations.  As I was altering the mother of the bride’s dress she asks if I can make a custom little jacket because everything that she has tried on in stores never fits the…

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Adventures in Sewing with Voyager

Please Enjoy our Sewing Inspiration VIDEO for Voyager! One of our newest In House designed and printed fabric collections celebrates the spirit of adventure and the boundless optimism that can keep your dreams afloat. With its cheerful palette and buoyant mood, Voyager will set a course for creative inspiration wherever…

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Vintage Sewing: The 70s dress

Over summer, a good friend of mine turned 40, and had a 70s themed birthday party to celebrate.  I had a rummage through my vintage patterns and found these… …and a search through the online treasure troves of Minerva resulted in me finding this completely mental fabric that was very much the right price for […]

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Flower Explosion

So this fabric I believe I have had for at least 3-4 years because I loved the pattern but never really figured out what I wanted to do with it.  First I thought I would make a dress but the pattern just seemed too bold for that. So I finally got around to doing something…

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Flower Explosion

So this fabric I believe I have had for at least 3-4 years because I loved the pattern but never really figured out what I wanted to do with it.  First I thought I would make a dress but the pattern just seemed too bold for that. So I finally got around to doing something…

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Blue Carolina Unconventional Mini Quilt Tour

Hi friends Today I am so excited to share my unconventional mini quilt using a dear friends new fabric line – Blue Carolina! Chris Thompson aka The Tattooed Quilter’s first line for Riley Blake fabrics is a beautiful combination of […]

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Green Peplum

Hello!  I have always been interested in peplum shirts but I never really thought that they were for me.  So to test it out I used leftovers to make this shirt.  For the fabric I used the yard I had left from my 1940’s Green Slytherin Dress. And as for the pattern, I used the…

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Vlog #14 – September 24th 2017 – New Fabric (and a lot more besides)

Hey, here’s my latest vlog! I bought a few fabrics lately (more coming in the post) and finished the Bear in the Log Cabin quilt, plus I made good progress on Banana Candy and I know the dates for my next classes too…

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Vlog #14 – September 24th 2017 – New Fabric (and a lot more besides)

Hey, here’s my latest vlog! I bought a few fabrics lately (more coming in the post) and finished the Bear in the Log Cabin quilt, plus I made good progress on Banana Candy and I know the dates for my next classes too…

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Reversible wrap dress in stretch rayon

The temps have dipped a teeny bit and school starts on Monday; for the moment the Bay Area feels like Fall!  This amazing sea green and black fabric, a medium-weight stretch rayon, felt like a gorgeous choice for a new cooler-weather dress.

Since the style is always flattering and effortless, I chose a vintage Diane von Furstenburg wrap dress design (Vogue 1548). The pattern envelope

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Reversible wrap dress in stretch rayon

The temps have dipped a teeny bit and school starts on Monday; for the moment the Bay Area feels like Fall!  This amazing sea green and black fabric, a medium-weight stretch rayon, felt like a gorgeous choice for a new cooler-weather dress.

Since the style is always flattering and effortless, I chose a vintage Diane von Furstenburg wrap dress design (Vogue 1548). The pattern envelope

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Hexie Pillow // Fragile Fabric

Hi friends, I am excited to share with you my newest creation – a Hexie pillow featuring the new line Fragile by Brigitte Heitland of Zen Chic for Moda. I am always a big fan of Brigitte’s color palette, she […]

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A Duo of Stack Quilts // Diving Board Fabric

Hi friends, My good friend Chen sent me a fat eighth set of the new line Diving Board by Alison Glass – it arrived on Monday night and by Tuesday afternoon I had not one but two Stack baby quilt […]

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Blue Floral Fit and Flare

Hello again! This dress is another project that I finished a long time ago and am just now posting because I was soo excited to wear it I never took photos of it.  I made this back in April just in time for spring. Now after this dress I will not be making any more…

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A/W 2017

All the leftovers from spring/summer are used up so it was time to buy some real fabric for the Autumn/Winter 2017 wardrobe. But what to buy? What should I make? Enter Oska – my inspiration for this year. They are … Continue reading

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Perfect Coco Fabric is Here!

Perfect Coco Fabric is here!

It’s no secret here at Tilly Towers that we have been on a quest for perfect, soft, snuggly ponte fabric with which to make our popular Coco sewing pattern. Coco requires a medium weight knit fabric with very little stretch. You wouldn’t want anything too thin, or with a huge amount of stretch, as you want your finished creation to hold its shape, rather than cling to you.

Perfect Coco Fabric is here!

Team Tilly is also MASSIVELY stripe obsessed (I write this whilst sporting one of many Breton tops!), and we’re not alone in our stripe love! We’ve seen so many gorgeous Coco dresses and tops stitched up in the perennially chic stripe, but kept hearing from you lovely sewists that finding a good quality, knitted ponte was proving a challenge…

Perfect Coco Fabric is here!

…and then Tilly had a brainwave – let’s create our own! Et voilà, you see before you the fruits of our labour. Wanting nothing but the best, we designed and commissioned this limited run of Hello Sailor! Navy Stripes on White and Hello Sailor! Red Stripes on White fabric in gorgeously heavy cotton interlock, and the stripes are actually knitted as part of the fabric, rather than just being printed on – so there’s no fear of them rubbing off, or quickly fading away!

Perfect Coco Fabric is here!

This fabric is absolutely perfect for stitching yourself up a Coco top or dress, but is also ideal for any sewing pattern which calls for an interlock or ponte. It is a dream to handle, and is incredibly soft and snuggly – perfect for us here in the Northern Hemisphere, where there is a distinct chill in the air…

Snap yours up before it goes, and don’t forget to tag your creations on Instagram with #SewingCoco (if your gorgeous fabric is destined to become a Coco!). Can’t wait to see what you make!

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1940’s Green Slytherin Dress

This dress has gone through the ringer.  So much so that I completely forgot to post this when I finished it because I kept thinking that I would alter it some more.  This dress started out as the 1940’s Vintage Simplicity pattern 8050. Now the fabric I used was a knit and a thick one…

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No Fabric…. 2 & 3

To cut a long story short and to skip to the chase I’ve made two more things without fabric. First up, cotton jersey leftover from Donna Karan dress. Enough for a T-shirt with sleeves or something longer without sleeves. Out came … Continue reading

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White Shirt Dress

Hello! I really have found a new love for certain cotton fabrics and I really wanted another dress. This was the first one. The fabric I found at Joanns again. I was not even looking for it but as I was walking by it just completely took my attention so I had to buy it.  The…

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White Slip

Hello!  Lately I have picked a lot of fabrics that at first don’t seen see-through but then once the dress is finished they are more opaque than desired.  I have wanted to make slips for a while now but I just never really had the fabric, pattern, or time to really get to it.  So…

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Stripy Colette Wren Dress

This month for my Minerva project I chose the Colette Wren pattern and some stripy black and teal Ponte Roma to make it in. The Colette Wren dress is a pattern which I hadn’t really noticed much, until Me Made May came along and I saw a few cute versions out there.  I think the […]

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No Fabric…..1

For a few weeks I didn’t have any fabric! OK, we all know that is a bare faced lie but really, all I had were offcuts, leftovers and scraps; no 2 or 3 metre lengths with which to create and … Continue reading

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The Hideaway Hoodie dress

I’m back, in black!  This is a dress I made before summer and suddenly it got too warm to be able to wear it!  I think I made it in May.  I discovered this pattern thanks to Maeve of Dress Fabrics.  I saw hers, fell in love with the pattern, and immediately tracked it down. […]

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Red Cotton Dress

Hello!  I decided to try something new for this next project, and let me tell you that I am really glad that I did.  I usually avoid cotton fabrics like the plague, but this was cute and I figured why not give it a go. The dress you see above is completely-mega altered.  It started…

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Do You Want More Gravy?

There’s a tradition in our house that, when cooking dinner, you always prepare enough food for the Uninvited Guest. If they don’t show up then there’s plenty for seconds or enough for dinner the next day. I learned this from … Continue reading

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