The Love at First Stitch blog tour!
Tilly Walnes’ super new sewing book is soon to be released, so Love Sewing and some of our lovely blogger friends will be reviewing it all week.
It’s been an exciting year for Tilly Walnes of Tilly and the Buttons – one which has seen her turn TV star, indie sewing pattern brand and now author. Her much-anticipated first book Love at First Stitch is released this week, something she talks about with us in detail in issue 1 of Love Sewing magazine.
Through it all, she’s remained the same old down-to-earth Tilly that the sewing community first fell in love with, and has kept us all in the loop on her exciting adventures over on her blog. “I feel so lucky to be part of such a creative, fun, supportive community”, Tilly told us, so what better way to launch her book than a good ol’ fashioned blog tour.
This week, we’ve lined up 6 super sewing bloggers to review Love at First Stitch, so you can get an idea of what you’ll find under the covers.
But first up, it’s our turn to review it. Over the week you’ll get the downlow from some experienced dressmakers, but Tilly’s book is all about “demystifying dressmaking”, and a perfect intro for those of you who might just be dipping your toes in that pond. With that in mind, we asked Love Sewing sub-editor and aspiring dressmaker Bethany Armitage to put Love at First Stitch (and her sewing machine) through its paces.
“At the beginning of this year I was given my first sewing machine and, while it took me some time to learn the basics, I did amass a small mountain of hair scrunchies.
With summer on the way, I’m keen to be a bit more ambitious with my sewing and desperate to start transforming the heaps of fabric and old clothes I have into items I’m proud to leave the house in (not that velvet scrunchies aren’t a good look).
Making yourself a whole new wardrobe is exactly what Tilly’s book sets out to do. It doesn’t promise that this will be an easy journey but it does travel at an enjoyable pace, giving you plenty of time to digest each technique and try it for yourself.
I thought I’d start off with something simple using a versatile checked cotton. I chose to make a pretty bow belt to jazz up plain pencil skirts. To show how seriously I was taking the project, I even went out and bought an iron – no more flattening fabric out with hair straighteners!
To complete the project I had to learn about topstitching and the difference between ironing and pressing, but Tilly goes out of her way to explain every process and material so you build your skills up gradually. I got a little muddled with the cutting instructions at first and sometimes I could have done with a couple more step-by-step images, although any mistakes made are probably more down to my lack of patience!
Next on my list are the Margot pyjamas and once I’ve got the hang of using patterns and darts I’d love to try out the short-sleeved Megan dress.“
So that’s our verdict, but don’t just take our word for it.. these bloggers will also be letting you in on their thoughts on Tilly’s book throughout the week.
Tuesday: It’s the House of Pinheiro‘s turn
Wednesday: Karen from Did You Make That gives her review
Thursday: What Katie Sews tackles Tilly
Friday 9th: A Stitching Odyssey takes a technical look at the book
Saturday: Love at First Stitch is on Handmade Jane‘s sewing table
Sunday: The perfect finish to the week with some Lazy Stitching
Did we also mention, that you can get Love at First Stitch for FREE? All you have to do is sign up for a subscription to Love Sewing magazine and you’ll receive this beautiful book along with our best-selling new magazine from issue 2. Sound like a plan? Then get your subscription here now, as the offer is only open for a limited time.
So are you excited to get your hands on a copy? Don’t forget to read our interview with Tilly in Love Sewing magazine issue 1 and tell us what you think.