Sewing the Perfect Work Dress: Tilly and the Buttons Stevie Dress

ACS_0174I’ve now been back at work for five whole months, and whilst there are many positives to being back, one thing that I’ve not loved so much is my work wardrobe. I’ve got a rail full of clothes, but there is little that brings me true joy. Add into the mix a super hot summer, and I have been struggling with what to wear. I’m definitely a dress for cold weather kind of girl; warm jumpers and thick socks are my friends.

My heart almost burst with happiness when I saw the Stevie dress launch, it was the answer to all my summer work-wear woes. Good neckline (I don’t do low cut), decent length (I’m tall), and not too tight around the middle (post-baby tummy). On paper, it truly is my dream dress. Needless to say, I ordered it straight away! Continue reading

Reuniting with my Sewing Machine: Tilly and the Buttons Freya Dress

handmade yellow freya jersey dressI’m super-excited to share with you my first dressmaking project as a Mum! My sewing machine hasn’t been touched for a while, so it felt really good to be making again.

From the day we’d decided that we would have H christened, I was dreading finding something to wear. My post-baby body and shop changing rooms are not friends at the moment. Most of my pre-baby dressmaking had been for work-wear (hello Coco dress for each day of the week), and some more casual bits for the weekends. I had never even thought about making a dress for a special occasion before. Continue reading

Sunshine Cleo Dress

img_0436It’s time to reveal my first project as part of the Sew Crafty Design Team, and it probably won’t surprise you that I picked a Tilly and the Buttons make! Since making my first Cleo dress in November 2016, I’ve received lots of lovely comments about my black denim version, and I’ve been itching to have a go at another one.

Online, I’ve seen so many Cleos made in cord; I knew early on that was going to be my next fabric choice. I’ve normally naturally drawn to my usual colour palette of grey or navy, but when I saw this gorgeous needle cord on the Sew Crafty website, I thought it was time to have a go at making something a bit brighter. Yellow is one of my favourite colours, but aside from my trusty yellow raincoat, it doesn’t feature too heavily in my wardrobe. This may now change! Continue reading

Sewing for Beginners: Tilly and the Buttons Dominique Skirt

birthday partyBack when the first Sewing Bee was launched, I declared that I would begin making my own clothes and before long, I would have my own handmade wardrobe. It started well; I eagerly ordered an A-line skirt pattern and dedicated an afternoon to making up a sample. I patiently inserted a zip, and followed the instructions to the letter. My finished skirt was rubbish and quickly discarded to the rubbish pile.

My experience with sewing patterns hasn’t always been great. At this point, I should say that I haven’t tried out every range of patterns; this is just my limited experience. I’m not a fan of the ultra-thin pattern paper, which so easily rips. I’m also not keen of the massive instruction sheets, which are too big to sit alongside you, and never seem to be that simple to understand. Continue reading

My First Coco Dress

IMG_0665I’ve had my eye on the Tilly and the Buttons Coco dress for a while now. I’ve actually owned the pattern and the fabric for a shameful eight whole months! Why on earth has it taken me so long to actually make it?

I’d love to be that person who has a wardrobe full of clothes that are all handmade by me. If I’m honest, for a while I’ve struggled to find patterns I actually like. The more commercial patterns tend to not be my style at all. A few years ago, I decided that I was going to have a bash at an a-line skirt that I’d seen on the Sewing Bee. Long story short, it looked awful. I didn’t even finish it completely as it looked that bad. Continue reading