It seems like ages since I blogged or even had a good few hours of uninterrupted sewing time. OK, so it’s been about two weeks, but it seems like longer. I’ve been having all sorts of ideas of things I’d like to do, not all Little Squish-related, mostly things for myself and for my girls’ bedroom (we’re redecorating it for them soon, most likely with an owl theme), but time is always an issue. I need one of those fancy gadgets Hermione had to keep up with her extra classes!
Despite this lack of time, I’m ridiculously excited about Tilly Walnes’ new book, Love At First Stitch, which has the most gorgeous patterns. I’ll have no problem having enough patterns to see me through my Handmade Wardrobe Challenge, except deciding which to make first! I’ve been looking forward to this book being published for ages, especially with the pictures Tilly has been putting on Twitter and her blog. She also shared the first project in the book; the Brigitte scarf. If you’re new to dressmaking, this is a perfect starting point. I’m generally not scarf kind of person, but I’ve been wearing mine loads. Recognise the fabric? Yep, it’s the same one I made the GBSB halter top with (I’ll come back to that in a bit).
Tilly was at Guthrie & Ghani last Thursday to sign copies of the book, so of course I went along. (Well, it’d be rude not to, seeing as it’s only half an hour from my house, plus there were balloons and cake, what’s not to like?!) I was really hoping to wear something handmade, my heart was set on sewing up Tilly’s Coco pattern for the occasion but of course, time got away from me so instead I finally hemmed my floral GBSB halterneck top to wear. Oh dear, it looked terrible! I just couldn’t get the neckline to sit right at all. But then I guess this is the chance you take with a “one size fits all” kind of pattern. If anyone else has had a go with better results, please tweet me a photo! Needless to say, I’m not showing you a photo of it and it has made it’s way to the bottom of my wardrobe already until I figure out a way to rescue it.
It was awesome to meet Tilly, as I’ve said before I’m a massive fan of her blog, and she was every bit as lovely as you’d imagine. She signed my book and we had a chat about it (her favourite pattern is the blouse, just so you know) as well as this blog and my potential magazine article which she was really encouraging about. She also remembered me from Twitter, which was nice as she must get loads of tweets!
Ok, so Tilly was nice, but is the book any good? Er, yes! If you’ve ever read Tilly’s blog, you won’t be disappointed as the book is written in the same friendly voice, with really clear instructions and some beautiful photography. Tilly’s a believer in learning through doing so for each project you’ll learn a skill and put it into practice straight away. Even for someone like myself who can already sew, this is useful for brushing up on skills you may not have used so much. The patterns for each project which requires one is printed onto loose sheets at the back, so no messing about with photocopying/enlarging. The patterns overlap each other so you’ll need to trace them, but they’re clear enough.
I seriously love every project in this book, there isn’t anything I wouldn’t wear. I also love the suggestions for making each project your own, which has given me a few ideas of things I’d like to try. Tilly’s Pinterest boards are also great if you’re in need of further inspiration. I think I’m probably going to work my way through the book in the order it’s printed, but you don’t need to; I’m only doing that so I don’t have to decide what to make next! This means my next project for myself is going to be some pyjama bottoms. If you know me, you’ll know I love my pjs so this is perfect. I went fabric shopping with the Squishes and my mum on Thursday and found the perfect fabric with cute little cotton reels on. Perfect comfy pjs I can sew in, here I come!
Have you read Love At First Stitch? What do you think of it?