Tilly and the Buttons Maternity Agnes Dress
As soon as we found out that I was pregnant I started looking at maternity sewing patterns. The Tilly and the Buttons Agnes was my favourite – there are so many beautiful versions of it. The ruched front is perfect for a growing bump!
I made it up using our Bromley Jersey, it is a lovely summery pattern with vibrant red and pink flowers on a navy background. This jersey is also a nice weight for this time of year. I made the version with the cropped sleeves so that I could wear it on both hot and cooler days over the summer.
Initially I cut a size 4 at the top and graded to a size 3 at the hips, but when I tried it on it was too big across the back. So, I laid the pattern on again and re-cut to a size 3, the fit was much better. I had a lot of trouble with the sleeves, I could not get them to insert smoothly. I am sure this is because I initially cut a larger size and then had to make it smaller. I also shortened the dress about 6 inches so it finished just above my knee.
The pattern instructions are easy to follow and apart from the sleeve issue (which was my fault) it was straightforward to put together. It is very comfortable to wear and it is going to be worn a lot over the next couple of months.
These jerseys would also make a gorgeous Agnes dress….
Happy sewing xx
We now stock a gorgeous selection of jersey fabrics by Stof Fabrics of Denmark!
We are very pleased to stock a range of beautiful jersey and sweatshirt jersey fabrics by Stof Fabrics of Denmark. Each Stof Fabric comes with the “Confidence in Textiles” Oeko-Tex-Standard 100 certification, which means that they are safe for making items of clothing for babies and children.
Shop our range of Jersey fabrics by Stof of Denmark
Giraffe Cotton Jersey
Grey Striped Cotton Jersey
Pink Striped Cotton Jersey
I Love Cars Jersey
Bear Sweatshirt Jersey
Light Grey Sweatshirt Jersey
Happy sewing! xx
Star Linden Sweatshirt
I’m hooked on making Grainline Linden Sweatshirts! I made this one just before Christmas and it was worn a lot over the holidays.
This time I made a size 2 and I prefer the fit to my last one. I made it up in our Star Jersey / Lightweight Sweatshirt which has a beautifully soft brushed back, and the finished sweatshirt is very cosy and warm.
The pattern is very straightforward to follow and the top comes together beautifully. If like me you are short on sewing time then this is a great quick make!
This Star Jersey / Lightweight Sweatshirt fabric has 15% off until Monday 22nd January 2018.
Happy sewing! xx
Big Christmas Jumper Sewalong 2017
Are you taking part in this years Big Christmas Jumper Sewalong organised by Corrine of What Corrine Did Next?
To enter all you need to do is make a jumper and then embellish or decorate it to turn it into a Christmas jumper! You then need to post a photo of your finished Christmas jumper on instagram with the hashtag #myxmasjumper by the 20th December. There are some great prizes up for grabs! For more details visit Corrines blog
We are a proud sponsor and are offering 10% off fabric on our website with the code XMAS10JUMPER.
New Jersey Dressmaking Fabrics
We’ve taken delivery of some gorgeous jersey dress fabrics over the last week or two…
This striped jersey is a classic. It is a similar weight to a ponte roma and would make a great simple styled dress or top such as a Tilly and the Buttons Coco. As it is fairly thick it wouldn’t suit gathers.
This is a medium weight floral jersey fabric with a nice drape. It would make lovely dresses, skirts and jackets. I think it would make a lovely Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater or a Helen’s Closet Blackwood Cardigan.
This lightweight grey marl jersey is so soft! It is ideal for making items of clothing to layer such as the Papercut Patterns Rise & Fall Turtleneck. It would also make a gorgeous waterfall cardigan.
Happy Sewing! x
My First Linden Sweatshirt!
How have I not made a Grainline Linden Sweatshirt before? It is such a lovely pattern!
I downloaded the pdf pattern and spent an evening in front of the fire sticking it together. Sewing it up only took a couple of hours. The instructions were easy to follow. I used my sewing machine and then finished the seams with my overlocker as I wanted to make sure the size was correct before overlocking. I made this up in a Size 4 using some of our Grey and Red Flocked Jersey . I love the style of this top and the raglan sleeves.
Even though i’m pleased with how this turned out, I think it would look better in a thicker jersey. I will still wear this one either with a top underneath or a cardi over the top. I am planning my next one in this jersey . I also think it is a little big so my next one will be a size smaller.
My #cosycardichallenge entry – Blackwood Cardigan
The #cosycardichallenge has been organised by Amanda of I Sew A Lot, and The Stitch Sisters. You can find more about the challenge here.
I chose to sew the Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet with our Blue and Cream Textured Cotton Boucle . This pattern was a dream to sew and it came together beautifully. I cut it out one Friday night and by the following Saturday I had a finished cardigan – this is quite an achievement for me as i’m normally a fairly slow sewer and I have limited time to sew around our little boy. I made it one size bigger than my measurements as this fabric doesn’t have as much stretch as the pattern recommends.
This fabric is quite thick so I didn’t add the pockets as I thought they might be a little bulky.
I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I think it can be casual with jeans and trainers, and also dressed up with heels. I will definitely be making some more Blackwood Cardigans!
Tilly and The Buttons – Cleo Dungaree Dress
The Cleo pattern by Tilly and the Buttons has been super popular and I thought it was about time that I made one for myself.
The instructions are very easy to follow and it was straightforward to put together. I made a Size 3 but i’m not sure if it is a little too wide at the waist (I may make a size smaller next time). I made the knee length version without the front split. I like the shorter length but I spend a lot of time crawling around after a toddler so this length is more practical for me. I think it’s going to look great with a chunky cardi and a pair of boots!
I’m tempted to make another from this ex designer Air Force Blue Cotton Corduroy that we have in stock at the moment. On this one I will use a finer fabric for the facings. I will also make the straps a couple of inches shorter.
Autumn is well and truly here. This is my favourite time of year, the trees are changing colour and losing their leaves, we are stewing plenty of apples for pies and crumbles, the log burner is lit and it means I can dig out my chunky tights, boots and start cosy-ing up! We have some beautiful autumnal fabrics in stock and I wanted to show you some of them.
This dragonfly crepe has proved to be very popular. It has lovely drape and would make a stunning pussy bow blouse.
If you are looking for an eye catching print these two jerseys are just perfect. They are a lovely weight and would make beautiful Tilly and the Buttons Coco Dresses or they could be used for a contrast front panel on a Sew Over it Heather Dress.
This marl grey jersey is the perfect weight to make clothing to layer, I have my eye on the Papercut Patterns Rise and Fall Turtle Neck.
The colours on this mosaic viscose dressmaking fabric are so autumnal! I could see it made up into a Tilly and the Buttons Bettine dress worn with tights, boots and a chunky cardigan. Or sewn up into a pussy bow blouse to wear with jeans.
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