Friday, 9 May 2014

Love at First Stitch - Online Launch Party

It's arrived!!!
It's the official launch of Tilly's (Tilly and the Buttons) book Love at First Stitch. I had mine on pre-order with Amazon and after much anticipation it arrived on release day.

Sadly I am trying to prepare for a presentation at work next week so I am having to try very hard not to start reading. I am trying to tell myself that it is a reward for doing my presentation. So, come the middle of next week I will be able to get really stuck into it. Having said that I have had a little peek at it and what I have seen is fab. I am particularly excited about the Mimi blouse and the Megan dress but I could also do with some nice summer PJ bottoms so I am also loving Margot. I don't know where I will start!

Idea for Megan Dress
Since I couldn't joint the book launch next week at Guthrie and Ghani I thought the next best thing would be to join everyone else online at the #LoveAtFirstStitch online party. Therefore, I made my Brigitte Scarf and a matching Picnic Blanket Skirt to wear for the occasion.

Brigitte Scarf
The Brigitte Scarf is a great first project for beginners. The fabric you use depends on the final result you will get. I decided to use the same lightweight giant gingham print cotton which I also used to make a matching Picnic Blanket Skirt following Tilly's instructions.

Tilly's Picnic Blanket Skirt
This has been on my project to do list for a very long time. The start of my sewing experience unintentionally happened to coincide with the first series of the Great British Sewing Bee. Obviously one of the first things I did when the series started was to check out Tilly's blog, where I found Tilly's tutorial to draft your own skirt. It was a really quick make and I think it will make a great addition to my summer wardrobe.

Button Sample Card

I think this was a pretty cool find. Edinburgh Fabrics has a box of these in the front of the shop. I believe they are old sample cards for when new ranges of buttons are brought out. This lot cost me £3 which I think is not to bad for 12 buttons. I was originally planning to recreate Tilly's skirt exactly with the wooden buttons but all the wooden one I found were really expensive. These give a similar look but with a little flash of colour. Obviously the fact that none of the buttons are the same makes this unsuitable for a lot of things but I think the subtle flash of different colours works quite well with this skirt.

Picnic Blanket Skirt
A great big congratulations to Tilly on all her patterns and her fab book, I can't wait to start sewing them :-)