Creative Reading: Love at First Stitch

Creative Reading: Love at First Stitch

Creative Reading: Love at First Stitch

May 13, 2014 | Reads | 8 Comments

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!

Love At First Stitch 5Tilly 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!

Love At First Stitch 3While 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!
Love At First Stitch 2I 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!

Love_At_First_Stitch_coverTilly Walnes’ new book Love At First Stitch, £20, Quadrille, is available right now!

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    emma berry

    May 13, 2014

    Well I’m IN! This book looks awesome and I would LOVE to add this to my collection – to kick start that dressmaking urge! Plus..Tilly is very sixties and I’m Totally channelling that right now! What an amazing giveaway! X

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    May 13, 2014

    I just started dressmaking & I’m already hooked! I’d love this book to inspire me even further 🙂

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    Gill Forrester

    May 13, 2014

    WOW! I would SO like to get my mitts on a copy of Love at First Stitch! I used to do lots of dressmaking in my 20’s and 30’s, but with one thing and another, I lost my dressmaking mojo and need something to help me get it back!

    I have recently bought a pattern and some material for a 50’s style summer dress, and could do with some words of wisdom to help me along the road to putting it together. (Hopefully for this Summer, not next!)

    Fingers crossed,
    Gill x

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    May 13, 2014

    Love Tilly! and I’m sure I would love her book!! She is so stylish yet has managed to produce patterns and sewing tutorials that make everything seem easy – what’s not to like! x

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    Jo Torr

    May 14, 2014

    Would love to win! My darling mama-in-law was teaching me a few dressmaking skills before she suddenly passed away last year so I’d love to keep building on what she taught me. And Tilly’s designs are just so darn cute!

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    May 14, 2014

    I’ve been wanting to try making my own clothes for ages but I’ve always been a bit scared to start. I really enjoy Tilly’s blog and this book sounds like it would be perfect for helping me to actually get started!

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    vicki coleman

    May 19, 2014

    Ah this would be perfect, I received a sewing machine as a gift and I’d love to get creating for the home and clothes for my children! I’m a (young!) WI member and so sewing skills are a must!!! This book would be superb!!!!

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    May 19, 2014

    Am i too late?!!! I do hope not. I would so love this book. I have been trying to start dressmaking for so long and find all the books, tutorials too complicated and so i know this book is for me. I would so love to win so Tilly can help me finally start making dresses of my own 🙂

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