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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 (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tilly Walnes is a DIY dressmaker, sewing pattern designer and author of the hugely popular sewing blog Tilly and the Buttons. Tilly started sewing a few years ago and it was love at first stitch. Since then she's been on a mission to make dressmaking simple and fun for modern crafters. She designs jargon-free step-by-step guides to making your own clothes and teaches sewing in her South London studio. She has been called "sewing's new star" by Mollie Makes and has sewn on telly on the first series of The Great British Sewing Bee. Find more on her patterns, workshops and blog at shop.tillyandthebuttons.com.

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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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By SM HALL OF FAMETOP 10 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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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Another_Tanya on 9 May 2014
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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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By EW on 11 Aug 2014
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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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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Sewing Directory TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 May 2014
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Those of you who are a fan of the Tilly & The Buttons blog will have a good idea of what to expect from this book. It is stylish and cheerful with lovely photos and useful information for beginner dressmakers just like her blog. Unlike most books instead of devoting the first half of the book to techniques it goes straight into the projects so you learn as you sew. You start with simple projects like making a head scarf or an A line skirt and Tilly teaches you different dressmaking techniques as and when you need them in the projects. It means rather than concentrating on theory you go straight into the practical and have something to show for what you have been learning, instead of just written notes.

There are 7 projects in the book – a head scarf, pyjama trousers, a couple of skirts, a couple of dresses and a blouse. However there are 3 variations of each patterns so you can make several different looks.

There are also useful tips, and sewing lifestyle type posts throughout the book giving advice on things like how to act in a fabric shop, sewing socially, fitting sewing into a busy life and choosing fabrics. I think many people new to dressmaking will be inspired by this book.

This review also appears on The Sewing Directory website.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. L. Speak on 5 Dec 2014
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I've been sewing for years now but mostly stuck to bags and small items. I'd made one or two items of clothing but never with a pattern as they intimidated me. I bit the bullet and bought this book as it had great reviews.
I REGRET NOTHING!
It's filled with information but not crammed in as to make it boring, Tilly tells you how to do each skill but only as it is needed for the project. So by the time you reach the final project you've slowly built up your skill set and have two skirts, a blouse, pj bottoms and a dress under your belt, oh and a cute head scarf (great for those who can't sew straight lines).
I love the fact you get patterns for each items, you only need to buy materials to sew the clothes.
There are no cushions or twee looking projects most people might sew and then hide in a cupboard this is a book full of wearable items that are great basics but can be adapted to look fancier. Tilly even gives you suggestions of how to make a project your own, links at the back of the book lead you to some brilliant sewing blogs where you can find most of them have made a couple of her items up (a testament to how great her designs are) and then adapted them to suit their individual personalities and body shapes.

I've so far almost finished the Megan dress (just waiting for my zip to come in) and nearly finished the Clemence Skirt, both with no major problems.

I would recommend this book to beginners and more advanced sewers.
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