agnes · arielle · tilly and the buttons

Dream T&tB duo come to life!

Hi guys!

As always, long time no see. I’ve finally started getting my sewing bug back and it’s a gooooooood feeling!

I made myself a new Bronte top but fancied trying something else. I was annoyed that when I’d last made the Agnes top it hadn’t worked out, as Tilly’s patterns are usually rather good to me. I had also been plotting a certain pair for a while. An Agnes/Arielle pairing with my dream Arielle skirt, which I actually bought the fabric for about 9 months ago!

I’m getting more and more into planning (both crafting and life!) and I’m really enjoying planning my me-mades. I’ve changed systems now but this is an old sketch I did for this outfit I had in my mind.

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I couldn’t remember how I shortened the Arielle last time i made it so I  measured my pattern pieces against my completed Arielle and winged it!
Doing this I somehow cocked up the lining and it ended up a bit too long but it doesn’t show when I’m wearing it (just!) so I don’t mind. I definitely rushed the end of this skirt because I was desperate to wear it for a visit to Brighton! I put the buttons on by machine for the first time ever and omg that saved me about a bajillion hours of my life!!! It doesn’t look as nice as it would if they were handsewn but that 100% doesn’t bother me!

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This outfit makes me ridiculously happy and has really reminded me of just how magical sewing is. I think it’s amazing that I just put an idea down on paper and now I’m wearing it.

Loving my new glasses by the way! Aren’t they cute? Cath Kidston paired up with Specsavers!

Finally here’s some shots from my garden, this was our first Spring here and it’s a joy to see all the different flowers popping up!

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megan · sewing · tilly and the buttons

Megan for Christmas

Hey guys!
Hope you’re not 100% over Xmas as there’s a wee bit in this post!!

Ever since I started reading sewing blogs I’ve loved when people have made Christmas dresses, I think it’s a lovely idea.

With this in mind when I saw the Christmasy deer fabric in Barry’s at Sewbrum I decided I was ready to join the Christmas dress club.

Of course a few hours later I saw my actual dream ideal for me Christmas fabric at Guthrie & Ghani But as I’d already bought some there it sadly stayed.

Fast forward a couple of weeks to me rather drunk at a party and I went online and bought the fabric anyway! Here’s to doing weird things when drinking!

I decided I wanted the dresses to have pockets, so I took the pocket piece from the clemence pattern and then tried on my other Megan dress to check for placement.

The first Megan I made fully lined with a light poly cotton for the lining. I also made the pockets in the lining. Construction went well until I got to the zip, I rushed it and used a bit too much of that magic tape to hold it in place which led to the zip not being especially invisible and it has a bit of a cats bum at the bottom…

I also had a bit of an issue with the pockets, I’ve only made pockets once before and I just sort of winged these ones. There’s a lot of puckering at the bottom of the pockets and they (the main fabric and lining) don’t line up exceptionally well but they work!

So here’s my first Christmas Megan in all its rookie glory!



Pockets!!!!

Classic mug holding pose

Cats bum!


I know I’ve said I messed a few things up on this dress but I don’t mind and I’m really pleased with it, it’s also comfy and surprisingly warm due to being lined!

Onto my second dress, I had grand pocket plans for this one too but then of course decided I absolutely had to wear it to a Christmas party so I whipped it up as quickly as possible and totally forgot about my pockets! I only lined the skirt of this dress, and with a lining fabric rather than a cotton.
For some reason this dress has ended up being quite baggy at the waist, I have no idea how or why as this is my fourth Megan and I’ve never had this issue before!!
You can see it quite well in the photos, especially that last one that the front is far too baggy, and I also ended up with excess fabric at the bag leaving the top of the zip area quite baggy.
I’ll definitely have to take it in for next xmas but it did me well enough the few times I wore it in December!!
I can’t believe I’ve gotten to the stage of sewing where I can say I’ve made the same pattern a few times, it feels like some kind of (very silly and made up) milestone!
I always love hearing about the patterns other people are always going back to so please feel free to share!
Merry (very belated) Christmas everyone!
delphine · projects · sewing · tilly and the buttons

Delphine


Hey guys!

So a million years ago my best friend took me to a magical place I’d never been called Ikea! It made me hours late to meet my mum which made me feel 15 again.



It was fairly magical, if I ignore my memories about the other customers there… but omg you guys, no-one told me they do FABRIC!!! 

Cutting it myself totally threw me but I grabbed some doozies. One was a beautiful wood print which became a cushion for my other half when he had a sad day.

But the two pieces I got myself, I had no idea what to do with them, especially when I realised they were both upholstery weight canvasy things. I decided they were a bit of a mistake and they weighed down my stash shelf for a good long while. Then one day I saw there were lots of canvas and upholstery weight Delphines on pinterest and realised I had a project for my ridiculous fabric!

I cut the main body out using single layers because nobody should miss out on these great moose.
For the back I just winged it with pattern placement and made sure I had bits I liked there. For the waistband I tried to just continue on the pattern from below, and keep those great super bright leaves going.


The skirt came together quickly and I managed to make yet another zip actually invisible.

However you’ll see in the pictures that my waistband is misaligned at the back. It also grapes at the top. There must be a way of fixing this but I’m not sure how…



This is such a fun skirt to wear though! It creases a wee bit and I am a dangerous person to have around white clothes but I’ve not had any massive spills yet…

Fabulous moose!!

fifi · projects · sewing · tilly and the buttons

Froggy Fifi

Evenin’
I recently managed a sneak visit to John Lewis, and saw they had a sale on. I’d seen this froggy fabric on my previous visit and it stayed with me, so I ended up getting enough for a Fifi by Tilly, which I’d bought with my Bettine dress pattern.
The fabric is called Hopping Along, it’s part of Cloud9’s Lotus Pond collection. I only realised after that I’d already bought fabric from this collection, and used it for my New Look 6143 dress earlier this year!

I’m not really a pyjama person but it’s definitely nice to have the option! Especially when you stay at a friends house (!).

I bought this pattern along with the Bettine when they were on offer, I usually use PDFs so having real life patterns to hold is exciting!

At first cutting on the bias completely perplexed me, it’s one thing to read about something and look at pictures but actually doing it… I did eventually get my head around it and was able to actually start cutting out!

I cut a straight size 5 as that’s the size I usually use with Tilly’s patterns.

I decided to make Fifi as a surprise for my other half (aka I was trying to find a way around explaining yet another fabric purchase), and I ended up making it in a few days.


Sorry decided not to model this one! Ha!

For what looks like a potentially tricky pattern for beginners it was very easy and as always with Tilly’s patterns the instructions are pretty great 🙂



As soon as I’d made it, I wore it non-stop for a week, then I suddenly got given a pair of Moomins pyjamas by my best friend so I did switch to those.. 
Now I tend to mix it up, however, after all that the top is not the best fit as I’m lacking a bit of extra room for my ta-ta’s! Next time I’ll do an FBA!



This was the first time I’d made and used bias binding so that was exciting! It went better than I expected!

Overall was pretty pleased with the Fifi, I may make another for next summer but with an FBA!

Has anyone else ever made something that ended up with an unfortunate lack of support?

bettine · sewing · tilly and the buttons

Birthday and Bettine

This year in July I celebrated my 27th birthday, and I had a lovely crafty day!

My day started with the other half giving me my present, which was a huge box, I opened it and it was a new sewing machineeeeeeeeeeeeee!! I nearly died haha! I’d been mentioning it a few months before but didn’t think he’d actually get me one so I was delighted. It’s a Janome Sewist 525s, the machine used on the GBSB and I’d gotten to use one when I took a class at MIY in Brighton.

So I was ridiculously deliriously happy! On top of this my mum got me the Sewtionary book and I used an Amazon voucher to get myself Learn to Sew with Lauren. Also the day before my sewing present to myself arrived (don’t judge me!); I’d taken advantage of Tilly’s special offer on her new patterns and I got myself the Fifi and Bettine package. Oh and of course I got myself the PDF of Agnes 😉

I had the day off from work and was going out that evening so I decided to just go crazy and make myself a Bettine to wear, and I managed it! I was super chuffed and got lots of compliments from my friends.

The fit is overall pretty good although it’s quite short on me! I have gotten used to just above the knee length patterns but I felt a bit cheeky when I wore it out that night! I also ended up with two little lumps, one on each hip, they’re not obvious (except to me!) and just seem to be there to tell me I have surprisingly small hips, so I will taper that down on the pattern next time!







I’ll end with a ridiculous drunk photo for you all to despair over.


arielle · sewing · tilly and the buttons

Arielle


When I saw Tilly’s newest pattern (when it came out!) the Arielle skirt, I liked it but I couldn’t see how I’d wear it so I put it out of my mind. Then after a few weeks, I suddenly had a vision! A vision of a black Arielle with white polka dots, but with a surprise lining inside, namely bright pink.

With this vision in mind, I went on the hunt in Fabric Land in Brighton and was blessed by the sewing gods that they had exactlyyyyyyy what I wanted (that is so rare, especially in that insane shop). I got myself an almost denim weight black polka dot fabric and briiight pink lining fabric!

However when I got it home I panicked and decided I wanted to trial run the pattern with a less precious fabric first. I’d bought this atlas fabric at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show, inspired by Deborah from this years GBSB, I’d planned to make a dress and position Poland over my heart because you know, gotta love being patriotic to a country you don’t live in! These plans were soon scrapped however when upon inspection I realised the map omitted not only Poland but most of Eastern Europe and other parts of the world!

So I decided to use this fabric for my Arielle and some cream coloured lining I’d bought off Minerva Crafts a few months ago.

I cut a straight size 5 which is the size I seem to be for all of Tilly’s patterns which is rather helpful!





This pattern was the first time I’d made buttonholes which luckily went off without a hitch (after much practising!)


The lining was pretty easy to make, although I used a zigzag stitch on it as I didn’t trust myself to catch the hem properly, but I like the way it looks so that’s all good 🙂



When I chose the buttons, I realised that even though I have a jarful of buttons, not many were suitable so I went for a subtle pastel lemon. I then stitched them on using little arrows, which makes them that little bit pretty and fancy.



Here’s a shot so you can see how wrong the map is haha! Brazil is just casually crashing into Africa there and where Germany should start, it appears a huge lake/ocean appeared in Europe and devoured it!



The main issue I had with the Arielle is that I’d put the buttonholes too far in the skirt, so I have a bit of a flappy thing going on, it’s definitely lessened after a few washes but I wasn’t pleased with it! I could also see where I needed to concentrate more on my stitching…

So when I finally decided it was time to make the dream skirt, I made it on my new machine and moved the buttonholes over, and here is the result!



The above photo and the next few were taken on holiday in Poland!




In hindsight, as lovely as this door was, it probably wasn’t the best choice to model a black skirt in front of it…



My stitching was much straighter in this skirt (still not 100% but that’s ok!) and I just love love love how the hot pink lining looks with the black!


Again I didn’t have a great choice of buttons so I went for some pretty plain ones.


So overall I’m super pleased with these skirts, and as always Tilly’s pattern was wonderful and easy to follow, the most challenging part is understitching the lining which isn’t that bad so yay!