Sewing Pattern Review - Joni Dress (Tilly and the Buttons Stretch! Book)

Mar 14 2018 1 Comment Tags: joni dress, sewing with stretch fabric, sewingjoni, tilly and the buttons, tilly and the buttons stretch

Believe you me, I am as guilty as anyone for getting stuck in a clothing rut.  In winter I look towards leggings/black tights and jumper dresses and jeans and jumpers as my failsafe option and in summer I really push the boat out and head towards shift dresses and swap the jumpers for t-shirts.  I know, daring!!!!! :)  Does this sound familiar?  Just step back and think about it though; how ridiculous is it that we do this?!  As sewists, the world is our oyster when it comes to trying new things, but yet we instinctively head towards the same...

Read More

The Body Shape Struggle is Real

Feb 21 2018 1 Comment

What body shape are you?  Are you an apple (larger bust and waist, smaller hips)?  Or are you a pear (smaller bust and waist, larger hips)?  Or indeed a banana (fairly equal measurements)?! Or are you lucky enough to be the "perfect" hourglass shape?  Ok, sit down, Nigella!!!  If you have a look around the interweb, you will find loads of different websites trying to label you as an inanimate object, which is all well and good, but what happens if *SHOCK HORROR* you don't completely fall into one of these categories?!  I know, unheard of, right?!! Personally, I have...

Read More

Review: Tilly and the Buttons Mila Dungarees Sewing Pattern

Jan 24 2018 1 Comment Tags: Dungarees, Mila Dungarees, Mila Review, Sewing Pattern Review, SewingMila, tilly and the buttons

     In the words of the legend that is Britney Spears; Oops, she did it again!  That's right, Tilly's back with yet ANOTHER fab new sewing pattern - the Mila Dungarees. Personally, I was very drawn to these as the trouser shape was more skinny fit, whereas the dungarees I've come across before have been a bit too wide-legged for me which has always caused me shoe-related problems.  They're not too bad in summer as you can wear them with sandals and Converse, but I am all for the boot (in any weather, to be honest) and they just...

Read More

Sewing Pattern Review: Deer and Doe Bleuet Dress

Nov 13 2017 2 Comments Tags: Atelier Brunette, Bleuet Dress, Bye Bye Birdie, Deer and Doe, Sewing Pattern Review

There's a tale behind me making this dress up; I was after something that I could wear for, ahem, "socialising" in on an afternoon in Leeds city centre.  Everything in my wardrobe was too dressy and I really didn't fancy going out to buy anything, so I had a look through our patterns and thought this one would fit the bill. As I wanted it to be smart/casual and it was for Autumn, I wanted a fabric that had some flow to it, but still had a little bit of structure with it being a tailored shirt dress, and wasn't...

Read More

A Day In the Life of an Oasis-Obsessed Draper...

Oct 27 2017 2 Comments Tags: About Us

I've always enjoyed reading little "A Day in the Life" stories about people with their own businesses and as narcissistic as it sounds, I thought I'd let you all have a little glimpse into my "normal" working day! If all goes to plan and my Rock Clock wakes me up (Google it, it's ACE!), I rise from my pit at 5:15am which gives me enough time to cobble together usually some form of uncoordinated outfit, throw some slap on and wrestle with my contact lenses before I have to head off at 6am to start work in Leeds.  As some...

Read More

Our Little Guide to Stretch Fabrics

Sep 16 2017 2 Comments Tags: Fabric guide, Jersey, Sewing tips

We've all been there.  The wonderful (and sometimes infuriating) world of stretch fabrics can have us baffled.  There are so many different ones to choose from and as with woven fabrics, it is so important to get your choice right to make sure your end garment hangs properly. So here is our little guide to the stretch fabrics we stock, which hopefully you'll find useful.  At the end of this you'll have more knowledge of Jersey than Bergerac! (One for you '80s TV buffs there!! :) )  Organic Cotton Interlock This luxurious fabric is thick and quite stable and also...

Read More

Page 1 of 5

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

This is Maud.

Maud is crazy-happy. She cleverly signed up to our newsletter, has received 15% off her next order and is receiving lots of lovely news and offers. Be like Maud.