We recently took delivery of some very exciting parcels we’ve been itching to get our mitts on – a whole load of lovely patterns from the Sew Over It and Tilly and the Buttons! Including a selection of fabulous designs, for a variety of different styles and fabrics, we think you’ll be delighted with our picks and just as excited as we are about choosing a pattern and fabric to match.
Everyone loves a good old fashioned swishy circle skirt, and with the Betty dress you can take it even further. This is a full circle skirt on a simple but elegant bodice. Perfect for day or dressing up at night, this is also a relatively quick make with not a great deal of pattern pieces. Choose some of our extra wide Guterman prints for Betty and you’ll need almost a whole metre less fabric.
The Ultimate Shift Dress is a super simple make, ideal for a newbie sewer. Leave off the sleeves and keep it as a tunic, add ruffles to the neckline, use a big and exciting print, or go for a plain fabric with three quarter length sleeves for a sophisticated look – this dress is versatility personified.
A Vintage Shirt Dress is a good one for those keen to get to grips with their button hole stitching and who like a bit of a challenge. The addition of the sleeves and collar make this perfect for intermediate sewers. Go for ditsy flowers or tiny shapes to make this pattern the star of the show.
Bettine is brand new from Tilly Walnes and a fantastic crossover from summer to autumn dressing: team it with bare legs or leggings, you can make this from cotton or something a little heavier that has a good drape. We think small patterns and bold colours would make the most of this simple design.
Francois is the epitome of sixties design, with it’s round high neck and collar or the button tab on the waist. Choose bright, colourful prints that reflect the style of the era, or go for simple polka dots in your favourite shades. Another super quick make, especially if you leave off the sleeves.
Tops, skirts and trousers
Make yourself the Ultimate Trousers and you may never go back to shop bought trews ever again! Simple instructions take you through fitting these babies perfectly to your pins meaning you can soon be striding around town in a variety of cool, funky or sophisticated prints. You can even make yourself a pair of shorts for those warmer days – there’s still plenty of summer potential left!
Nothing says glamour like a pussy bow blouse and this pattern could see you making them in all the colours of the rainbow. Opt for sheer fabrics like our shimmery organza, or plump for something a little more office appropriate with cotton lawn or silk.
Slinky and sailor inspired, the Arielle skirt is a must-make for those that love their vintage style. A classic pencil skirt with a high waist and a nautical row of buttons down one side, we can see this pattern flying off the shelves. Try it out in cute floral needlecord for a different take.
Agnes is here to help you fill your wardrobe with t shirts that fit and flatter, and most importantly come in any colour or pattern you choose. Ideal for those getting to grips with sewing jersey or stretch fabrics for the first time, Tilly assures us you can stitch this baby on a normal sewing machine, rather than an overlocker, so now you’ve no excuse! Sixties stripes are spot on for this versatile pattern.
Sew Over It patterns are £14.00 each and Tilly and the Buttons patterns cost £12.50 each. Sew Over It knicker and pencil skirt kits are also available in the shop for £15.00 and £30.00 respectively.