Sewing Pattern Reviews

Blinkin' Nora, it's a Cracker! Sewing Pattern Review: Tilly and the Buttons Nora Top

Nov 13 2018 0 Comments

Just exactly how many jumper patterns do you have in your collection? Personally, I have at least five that I can think of; Grainline Linden, Sew House Seven Toaster, Tilly and the Buttons Stella Hoodie, Nina Lee Southbank and now the Tilly and the Buttons Nora.  Living in the UK, you can never have too many jumper patterns. Even in the "summer" months the weather can still get a bit dicey so how pleased was I when Tilly and the Buttons released their Nora pattern?! What I liked about this one in particular is you can make a jumper or...

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Sewing Back to Happy-Ness (Woopah, Oh Yeah Yeah): Tilly and the Buttons Ness Skirt Sewing Pattern Review

Oct 26 2018 0 Comments Tags: dressmaking, Ness Skirt, Sewing Pattern Review, sewing patterns, tilly and the buttons

I have to admit, I wasn't looking forward to making this.  For a few weeks before the pattern landed, I had had at least three sewing disasters, and they're just the ones that immediately spring to mind. I even ended up purposefully ripping one of my beloved Cleos apart, straight through the middle, with a seam ripper. My sewing room had turned into some kind of sewing-themed Halloween B-movie.  So the thought of making a skirt with top stitching and a fly zip filled me with dread, but given the job I'm in, sometimes I HAVE to sew rather than...

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Sewing Pattern Review: Tilly and the Buttons Seren Dress

Jul 02 2018 0 Comments Tags: Seren Dress, Sewing Pattern Review, sewingseren, tilly and the buttons

Before we start, you must remember this - your fabric width MUST be at least 130cm wide for the knee length version or 150cm wide for the midi length.  Anything less just ain't gonna cut it because of the flare of the skirt! Now that's out of the way, let's move on to the nitty gritty...I am not a "flouncy" person.  Anything with a flounce I tend to steer well away from.  I recently bought the Sew Over It Lucia pdf top, which is an off-the-shoulder flouncy number, but I fully intend on making it sans flounce, thereby making my...

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Sewing Pattern Review: Tilly and the Buttons Stevie Dress/Top

Jun 29 2018 2 Comments Tags: Sewing Pattern Review, sewingstevie, tilly and the buttons

  I've been seeing little teasers for this pattern for a while and have been eagerly anticipating its release, as the last couple of Tilly patterns have been more for those with a bit of sewing already under their belts whereas this one is aimed at uber beginners, and let me tell you - I don't think you'll be disappointed with it! This pattern features a couple of variations, so you can make it as a top or a dress and there are a couple of different ways to fasten it - a neck tie, which is something you don't...

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A Phoenix Rises from the Ash Jeans

May 19 2018 3 Comments

Now, I'm sure there are more than a few sewing bloggers out there who make out that sewing life is a whole lotta rosy...the birds chirrup away outside a sun-drenched sewing room whilst the sewer in question manages to churn out an endless array of perfectly made garments.  Well, fellow sewer, I am here to tell you that that is a bare-faced lie!  Sewing is not all sunshine and roses, sometimes it gets dark.  Very, very dark.  Especially if you mistakenly make a pair of skinny jeans using a denim with the WRONG AMOUNT OF STRETCH!!!!!!  EPIC JEANS FAAAAAAAAAAIL!!!!  What...

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Keep Calm & Kalle On

Apr 12 2018 1 Comment Tags: Closet Case Patterns, Kalle Shirt Dress, Kalle Shirt Dress Review, Sewing Pattern Review

Closet Case Patterns: Kalle Shirt/Shirt Dress Sewing Pattern Review Ooh, I do love a good shirt dress. Depending on the style and fabric you choose, they are perfect for any occasion.  So far I've made a Tilly and the Buttons Rosa dress from a lightweight printed denim, which is just perfect for wearing day to day, and also a Deer & Doe Bluet dress from Atelier Brunette lawn, which is fab for going out for a meal or drinks.  Next up, I wanted to give the Kalle shirt dress a go after seeing all the lovely results on Instagram and...

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