• A very special Tilly and the Buttons Bettine Dress

  • Bettine

    Evening lovelies! Much excitement to show you my latest make. It’s a bit of a special one!

    The pattern for this dress was one that I nabbed during my shopping spree at The Handmade Fair in September.  It is a super cute Bettine dress by Tilly and the Buttons.  I was sold on this as soon as I saw Tilly herself wearing one of these while on her stand at the fair.

    And the fabric for this dress was very kindly sent to me from The-Stitchery in Lewes. It is a Kaffe Fassett cotton called Purple Ferns.  The colour is stunning – and the batik style to the pattern is really gorgeous and eye-catching.  This fabric was a dream to work with, as the cotton was so soft – and well behaved 🙂

    I found the whole pattern really easy to make, and took no time at all to put together.  There was one technique in this dress which was new to me though… inserting elastic.  I really love it when I come across patterns with techniques which are new to me. I just see it as a fun way to learn something new.  Anyway, inserting the elastic was no problem at all – especially as my mother-in-law had given me some little tools to insert elastic.

    The top part of the dress came out absolutely spot-on fit-wise, including the elasticated waist.  The skirt was a little more tricky and needed a bit of fitting. I made the dress in a size 3 (see Tilly & the Buttons website for detailed sizing info).  I could have done without having finished the seams of the skirt as it really needed letting out slightly around my lower hip/thighs.  And I did take it in a little near the top hip as it looked as though it was ballooning out a little too much.

    I loved choosing the buttons to attach to the sleeves too.  I went for bright, almost neon pink coloured buttons which kind of reflect the flowers in the fabric pattern.

    It is such a comfy dress too – one which I think would be perfect for going out for a girls lunch.

    I really loved sewing up this dress, and am thrilled with how it turned out.  I will definitely be making some more Bettines in the future!

    Pattern: Bettine by Tilly and the Buttons

    Fabric: The-Stitchery, Lewes

    Size made: 3

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  • A comfy, cosy Grainline Studio Linden sweatshirt

  • Linden

    Autumn has arrived!  And so have the warm comfy clothes thankfully 🙂

    I have been excited to stitch up this sweater ever since I bought the fabric on my spending spree at The Handmade Fair on 19th September.  It is a super soft quilt effect jersey from Fabric Godmother.  I had already spied the pattern for this some time before – so immediately rushed to buy the PDF pattern from Grainline Studio.

    This was my second PDF pattern ever used, and have to say – I am a convert!  I used to think that I would never veer away from paper patterns. But it was just so easy to print, sellotape together and chop up.  I usually tend to trace all of my paper patterns, so I can keep them in perfect condition for using in the future.  But this didn’t matter with the PDF!  I have it saved on my Google Drive too – so I can access again whenever I want to.  I will absolutely be using PDF patterns much more in the future!

    And talking about first times, this was my first ever Grainline Studio pattern.  And I have to say what a beaut it was to sew up!  The design of the pattern itself is very simple, and so I would definitely recommend for those relatively new to sewing.

    I’m beginning to get more confident with sewing jersey too.  I have also made a Tilly & The Buttons Agnes top which is waiting to be blogged – I just need to find a skirt to match it first.

    I used the overlocker for a lot of the stitching – but by no means do you need an overlocker for this pattern.  You can just as easily use a regular sewing machine with a zig zag or stretch stitch. I did also make use of a walking foot too, which seemed to help.

    The ribbing (from Backstitch) was a dream to sew on – and I always love how it perfectly finishes a garment, and comes out looking really professional.  This was my second outing with ribbing – I first used this on my quilted Liberty print Rigel bomber.

    And with the design of this sweatshirt being so simple, it was easy to knock it up in just a couple of hours.  Magic!

    I will definitely be making some more Linden sweatshirts for the Autumn and Winter.  And I can’t wait to try the short sleeved version too.

    Hope you all like this – and stay warm people!

    xxx

    Pattern: Linden by Grainline Studio

    Fabric: Quilt effect jersey from Fabric Godmother & ribbing from Backstitch

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  • A cheeky little Brumby skirt

  • Brumby skirt 2

    Howdy y’all. I recently whipped up this cute little skirt especially for wearing to The Handmade Fair a couple of weeks back.  It’s a really easy pattern by Megan Nielsen called Brumby skirt.

    It was dead easy to sew – and quick too!  Which was good because I left it really last minute to make this (as is my way!).  I followed instructions from the Megan Niesen app to make this, which was really clear and helpful.  I quite liked following instructions in that way, though I do think I prefer having paper instructions.  Only because it was occasionally a pain to keep unlocking my phone.

    The fabric for this skirt was from my fantastic local, Backstitch.  It was lovely to work with – a light/medium weight light denim.

    I chose to make a very simple short skirt from all of the variations of Brumby.  And I went for the style without pockets.  And I also tightened the waist band to fit snuggly at my waist – so that I could wear it high-waisted.

    I love how girly I feel in this skirt.  Another one that you can’t help but twirl in!  I loved wearing this at the Handmade Fair too – though I did manage to flash a couple of grannies before getting on the train, when a gust of wind blew the skirt right up!  A proper Marilyn Monroe moment.  Can’t take me anywhere! 😉

    I hope you like my posh new DMs too.  They’re my pride and joy!

    TTFN.

    xxx

    Dress pattern: Brumby Skirt by Megan Nielsen

    Fabric: Light denim from Backstitch

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