Sewing Pattern Reviews

Sewing Pattern Review: Tilly and the Buttons Bobbi Skirt & Pinafore

Feb 07 2020 Tags: #gosewyourself, #sewingbobbi, bobbi pinafore and skirt, fabric shop, Sewing Pattern Review, sewing yorkshire, tilly and the buttons

  Well, it's been a while since I've written one of these! To be honest, I've barely had time to thread a needle since the shop move as the response has been truly overwhelming so as much I would like to snarl at you from preventing me from sewing, I suppose I should thank you for keeping me so busy! One new thing that has kept me in the sewing room for the past few weeks though is the fact that The Husband went out and bought me a telly for in there! The cynics amongst you may think this...

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Sewing Pattern Review: Deer & Doe Datura Blouse - The Day I Nearly Made a Boob (Mouth)

Aug 21 2019 Tags: Datura Blouse, Deer and Doe, Sewing Pattern Review

On a recent trip to New York, I was lucky enough to pop in to see Jennifer at Workroom Social in Brooklyn and stocked up on their AMAZING rayons! I didn't want to rush straight in to working with them, I wanted to wait until I'd decided on just the right projects, so for this delicious coral coloured rayon scattered with mouths, I chose to sew the Deer and Doe Datura Blouse. Now, I am obsessed with mouths. I don't know why, but if there's a fabric with a mouth on it, I'm there! I don't buy many ready-to-wear garments...

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Experimental Space - Rosalee Maxi Dress: My Pattern Testing Experience

Jul 15 2019 Tags: Experimental Space Patterns, Pattern Testing, Rosalee Dress, Rosalee Dress Review, Sewing Pattern Review, sewing patterns

From the outset, I admit that I'm a nosey little beggar who can't resist being in the know. I read soap spoilers on a regular basis, I turn to the last page of a book before reading the rest of it first and I fast forward to the end of WWE pay per views to find out the results. So, when the opportunity occurred to try and test Experimental Space's new Rosalee Dress pattern before its release, then how could I resist? Normally, when pattern companies ask for testers, I seem to have a lot of other things going on,...

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I MADE JEANS! I MADE JEANS! I MADE JEANS!

Apr 13 2019 Tags: Jeans Making, Sewing Pattern Review

Did you hear? I MADE JEANS!! More importantly, I made jeans that fit! I've been putting off having another go since the infamous Ash Jeans Disaster of 2018, but I felt it was time for me to get a grip of myself, stop moaning about how poorly ready-to-wear jeans fit and do something about it. So I did. With bells on! I chose the famed Closet Case Ginger Jeans pattern in the end, as I definitely need a high waist to cover all my lumps and bumps (or "New York Paunch" as I like to call it, which seems to...

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

Nov 13 2018

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 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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