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Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking Hardcover – Illustrated, 8 May 2014

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849493650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849493659
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 2.3 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A stylish, practical guide to stitching for novice dressmakers.'--Bookseller Buyers Guide, 1 February 2014

'All of her down-to-earth- knowledge and expertise, along with her selection of unique designs, are contained in one beautiful book! Each project in imbued with Tilly's own vintage-inspired style. With useful examples of additions and extra detailing to make the projects your own, it is simply a must-have for all you aspiring dressmakers out there!'--Making Magazine, Tuesday 1 April 2014

'Stylish and practical guide for novice dressmakers. Her designs are rather scrumptious.' --The Bookseller, 14 February 2014

About the Author

Tilly Walnes is dressmaker turned designer and was a contestant on the first series of The Great British Sewing Bee, and author of the UK's most popular sewing blog, Tilly and the buttons (http://www.tillyandthebuttons.com/). Between teaching dressmaking classes at sewing schools in both London and Birmingham, Tilly is developing her own range of dressmaking patterns.


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By CycleRacing HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 May 2014
Format: Hardcover
I remember finding Tilly's blog with some relief when I was still relatively new to my sewing machine and still trying to work out what on earth all the terminology meant and wondering if I would ever produce something that would look good.

Tilly's style and ways of explaining things are easy to follow but also fun and interesting. The book (and her blog) really show her enthusiasm for what she does and it is contagious!

This book walks you through learning new techniques. But it does it through actually physically doing it rather than having to read pages of, what in some books become waffling explanations.

The projects in the book progress, teaching the budding dressmaker the essentials. The projects are:

* head / neck scarf
* pyjama bottoms
* skirts (x2)
* dresses (x2)
* blouse

The patterns are there - you will need to trace around them as they are on both sides.

You find all sorts of hints and tips throughout the book, from the physical sewing through to purchasing fabric.

I think this book is fab and it would work for novices and those just looking for more inspiration.

Recommended.
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It is a lovely looking book and it is nice to read, however there are some mistakes on the printed patterns eg. pattern sizing lines change & some pieces cut to the same size don't fit together. I've successfully used many paper patterns and don't consider myself a beginner but I have struggled to understand some of the instructions and there aren't clear enough pictures for the difficult steps. Also the fabric amounts listed take no account of the size of garment you're making eg. shirt stated 2m but it was easily cut out in 1.6m. I was really excited about this book but I am rather disappointed.
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I'm new to dressmaking and easily confused by the jargon and code of commercial patterns. Most of the books I've turned to so far seem rather dry and feel either beyond my skill level, or to be a lists of sewing techniques that I have no idea how to apply to whatever I'm making. It was a relief to find Tilly's blog - and now this book.

It assumes no real dressmaking knowledge (the jargon's explained), and is designed as a series of projects that allows me to build my skills and confidence. I love the chatty, plain English style - and gorgeous photos - it's like having a patient and encouraging friend helping you out. For each of the projects, Tilly shows you the necessary skills, and then gives ideas on how each one can be adapted or customised so it's your own unique design (including how to alter lengths and combine sizes for a better fit). And anyone who suggests adding a patch pocket to a pyjama design "for stashing sweeties" gets my vote!
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Having procrastinated for a number of years about learning to sew my own clothes, I was finally persuaded to purchase a sewing machine having watched the first series of the Great British Sewing Bee (Tilly Walnes was one of the contestants).

I have followed Tilly's blog with interest over the past year and found her site to be packed with helpful tutorials and instructions for beginners like me.

Having bought this book I am happy to say that the book is based on the same style as her blog. The instructions are clear and consise and written in a friendly (but not patronising) manner. The layout of the book means that you can make stylish and simple clothes without having to flick back and forth through the book trying to find the instructions on how to do things or to translate termanology. Instructions and tutorials are placed in the book as and when they are required as part of the garment construction.

Its also good to find a book that I will use most of the patterns for and one that is not full of patterns for toys, bags or cushion covers that I will never make.

Additional details in the book such as tips on how to sew for your style (ie- actually wear what you make), how to find time in your week to sew make this book a refreshing read rather than an 'instruction manual' that I would dip in and out of when required.

Well done Tilly! I have no doubt that this book will be well received by those who purchase it. Great job!
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I seriously loved reading this book. The projects look amazing...simple and cute...right up my street...
The instructions are foolproof. The pictures explain just enough, I would imagine even a beginner could follow the instructions. (I'm fairly experienced, so could follow it easily) The book - awesome!
However...
Today I tried to make the Margot Pyjamas. I measured myself carefully, checked whether seam allowance was included in the paper pattern, traced carefully, etc
But once made, they were way too small, I couldn't get them on. Luckily I had not trimmed the seam and could unpick the seams. I could then sew them with the smallest allowance I could get away with.
I know that for a 'skinny girl' I have rather a large hip and bum area so maybe the fault was mine but I had measured carefully...when I checked the table of 'finished garment measurements' the finished garment didn't measure anything like the stated measurements even after I had let the seams out...
So my opinion of the pattern pieces has led me to give 3 stars.

I'm happy for someone to point out an error on my part, I love the book, and loved the coco pattern (bought directly from Tilly's website) which was very true to size...I just can't understand how simple pjs went so wrong...
My lesson here is for me to check measurements of the pattern pieces first.
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