• 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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    Bettine

    Bettine

    Bettine

    Bettine

    Bettine

    Matching nails!

    Matching nails!

  • 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

    Linden

    Linden

    Linden

    Linden

  • The Knitting & Stitching Show Review

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    This was my very first Knitting and Stitching Show, so I was keen to find out what all the hype was about.  Off I trundled on my own and had an absolute BLAST!

    I arrived late morning on Saturday and straightaway knew that I wanted to get a place at Matt Chapple’s talk.  By the time I had managed to find where to buy the ticket and get a drink it was nearly time – so I thought I’d arrive early, and hopefully get a good seat!

    When I arrived there were already two ladies there waiting, and I loved that sewing people are so chatty and cheerful – so had a good natter while I was stood there!

    Matt’s talk was fantastic – he is such an inspiration!  I loved hearing all about him learning to sew in the army, tales from The Great British Sewing Bee and what he is up to now.  He was so genuinely humbled that we all bought tickets to come to his talk too – such a thoroughly nice chap. I even managed to get a photo with him, and had a very quick chat at the end.  This was the highlight of my day – I was over the flipping moon! Matt’s blog, Sew What’s New, is really fantastic, and I would definitely recommend you getting on there for a read.

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    After a quick phone call to husband to tell him all about meeting Matt (lots of squealing!), I made my way into the halls to rummage around all of the sellers.

    As I walked around, I came to one stall and remember thinking that the trims they were selling were familiar… and the same as ones I had seen Lisa Comfort talking about on one of her vlogs.  Well derrrr – I was at the Sew Over It stand! I was so excited to meet Lisa and get my photo with her – and I picked up a signed copy of her book too. I’m really looking forward to reading through this tonight!

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    Then I stumbled over the Fabrics Galore stand.  Their fabrics were epic.  I wanted them all!  I picked up a couple of Liberty print Tana lawns.  And on another stand I bought some amazing houndstooth purple/turquoise wool.

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    Knitting and Stitching Show Buys

    As my feet were feeling tired and sore, I thought I’d meander to the exit, but then saw that Chinelo Bally of Sewing Bee fame would be doing meeting and greeting.  I hadn’t had chance to check out her book, so it was great to have a look through.  Her freehand techniques on Sewing Bee were astounding – and would scare me to death!  But her book gives fantastic details on how to use her methods. So I managed to meet the lovely Chinelo, and get a signed copy of her fantastic book.  As I was about to get a selfie with her, a kind person behind asked if they could help by taking the picture. It was only blooming Fiona from Diary of a Chainstitcher!  Ahhhhh!!  So I managed to say hi to her which was really amazing.

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    By this time my feet really were aching and I hadn’t had anything to eat properly.  So I headed off – purchases of books and fabric weighing me down – feeling thrilled with how fab my day had been.   Thank you Knitting & Stitching Show!  You were all kinds of awesome!

    xxx

    And this man's hat... AMAZING

    And this man's hat... AMAZING