Creative Reading: Love at First Stitch
I’ve always said if you’re going to fangirl you must make sure that the lady you are idolising is tip-top, one of the best. I swear, I’ve always said that.
There is one lady out there that I can, hand-on-heart, say that is so, so worthy of us fan-girling over. And, when I say to you Tilly Walnes I know right away y’all will agree!
Tilly, who bewitched us on Series 1 of The Great British Sewing Bee, fell in love with sewing and dressmaking with her very first stitch, and it is this love that is driving her passion for making dressmaking more accessible and appealing to everyone that knows the feeling of stepping out in gorgeous clothing.
Tilly has been creating modern designs that demystify dressmaking for those interested in creating their very own garments – be sure to check out her pattern store, if for some wild reason you don’t already own the Miette skirt pattern!
This month marks the launch of her very first sewing book – a book that I promise will release the inner fashion designer in you.
As readers of Tilly’s blog will know, she has a wonderful way of putting you at your ease – this is also true of her book. There is not assumption that you already have years of dressmaking skills tucked neatly under your hand-stitched belt. But, at the same time, there is no dumbing down. Just a friend, happily showing you just what you are capable of with a little bit of encouragement and guidance. Which is by far the greatest way to kern something new!
Tilly her self is probably at the top of most of our Style Icon lists – and I’m talking handmade style or otherwise – so, you will not be disappointed by the collection of designs within her book. The are seven designs to create using the patterns included in the book, but that’s not all, each of them comes with variations, so you can customise them to suit your own unique style, body shape and general whims.
My very favourite things about this book is that you learn techniques (many of which you might have avoided because they sound, well, too tricky or technical) while you work on a project. There aren’t long practical lessons to start out, you get stuck in right away sewing your own garments. And, before you know it Tilly has captivated you with a design, guided you through the steps and, as if by magic, you’ve not only got a finished garment to show for your time but you will also have a whole array of new dressmaking skills, mastered through doing. It’s a win, win!
While this book is set out to welcome and reassure the novice stitchers into the world of making your own clothes, those that have been stitching up their own clothing for years will also find this a pretty awesome addition to their creative library. Not only are there amazing patterns to choose from, but there is also a wealth of handy and practical tips that everyone can benefit from – like sewing as a social activity and finding time in a busy schedule to stitch.
I am besotted with this book for it’s glorious photographs, delicious modern designs and the ‘learn as you sew’ philosophy that lies at the heart of it. I’m besotted with Tilly. More than ever. This book, my dressmaking chums, is a must!
Now, here’s a little treat…and I know you’re going to love, love, love it!
I have three copies of Tilly’s amazing new book, Love at First Stitch to be won by three lucky Made Peachy readers!
It is standard issue giveaway entry folks – with three ways, to get your name in the pot…
1 Please leave a comment below sharing why you want to get your mitts on this incredible book for unleashing your own inner fashionista!
2 Share this post on Twitter, tagging @madepeachy and using the hashtag #MadePeachyLoveAtFirstStitch
3 Give the MadePeachy Facebook page a like, share the giveaway post and leave a comment on why you’d love to win!
Want a bonus entry? Then head over to the MadePeachy Instagram , follow and give the LoveAtFirstStitch post a like & comment!
Each of the above counts as one separate entry, yup my friends, if you do all three you’ll be entered into the draw three times! This giveaway is for entrants with a UK postal address only (sorry international Tilly fans!). The winners will be announced on the 20 May – Good Luck!
Tilly Walnes’ new book Love At First Stitch, £20, Quadrille, is available right now!