Made By Mrs M

Love at First Stitch

Books, Review, Sewingmadebymrsm
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I really procrastinated about this one. The main reason being the lack of time I have for making my own clothes and the stack of patterns I keep amassing... I'd tried a couple of Tilly & The Buttons' patterns though and got on really well with them, so over a year after Love at First Stitch came out I bought a copy from Tilly at The Handmade Fair.

What really sealed the deal for me was the full size patterns included with the book. They're printed double sided so you do need to trace them out, but it's so much easier than having to get them enlarged and messing around (I'd never have made anything if that'd been the case).

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I got straight on with making and started with the second project in the book - The Margot pyjamas. A very easy pair of pyjama bottoms which took me about an hour to make.

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I made mine in a lovely Lotta Jansdotta fabric and tied them with a ribbon. After the first night sleeping in them I replaced the ribbon with elastic as it made them a lot easier to get in and out of - I tied the ribbon onto the elastic in a bow so they still look the same and now work really well and are super comfy.

Next up, I made this skirt with yet more Lotta Jansdotta fabric (bought from The Create Escape at Thread).

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It has an invisible zip which I was a little afraid of but it went just fine.

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I might move onto this dress soon but I also have plans to make a second pair of pyjama bottoms in a flamingo print (!!) and another Delphine skirt in my Windows fabric.

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As with all of Tilly's patterns, the instructions are really clear and easy to follow. The projects in the book get harder as you go along but if you've already done some sewing you should be able to make them all fairly easily. The other thing that appeals to me is the style of the finished garments - so often I see sewing books which contain things I'm pretty sure I wouldn't wear once completed - these designs are simple, stylish and fit in well with the shop bought clothes I already have.

I love the idea of a handmade wardrobe but at my current rate of progress that'll take me a few years! This book is a really good start though.

See my other Tilly & The Buttons makes here:

Coco Dress

Miette Skirt

Mathilde Blouse.

Love at First Stitch by Tilly Walnes is published by Quadrille.

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