Tilly’s Stitching Books and What You Can Make with Them!

Tilly's sewing books and what you can make with them!

It is World Ebook Day tomorrow and we’re occupied with our most treasured books. Like loooads of different sewists, I (Louise) used Tilly’s first e-book, Love at First Sew, as a software after I first began stitching. And due to that, it is a e-book that can at all times have a really particular place in my coronary heart 🙂 

Since releasing her first e-book in 2014, Tilly has written three titles – all printed by Quadrille (Hardie Grant) – that go on her ideas and tips. All of them include a variety of stitching patterns, so you possibly can practise methods whereas making beautiful garments that you’ll be proud to say you made your self!

They’re a superb solution to get into stitching, as you get quite a lot of garment patterns to work with that construct in problem as you go. You possibly can choose up useful ideas and tips as you progress that can set you up with stitching expertise for all times. As Tilly holds again on all of the complicated stitching jargon, the books are user-friendly and simple to observe. Plus, they’re fairly to take a look at, which is how I choose most of my books!

In case you are occupied with getting certainly one of Tilly’s books, you is perhaps questioning which one is the perfect for you. And, what’s in these beautiful books I hear a lot about? Seize a cuppa, and are available on into the stitching library – shhh!

Love at First Stitch by Tilly Walnes - perfect for beginners

Love at First Sew – £25

Tilly’s first e-book captures the spark that’s ignited if you first sit on the machine. All the things is so new and thrilling, and nothing is off-limits. Love at First Sew will take you thru all of the important issues it’s essential know if you end up stepping into stitching, and can information you thru initiatives that can show you how to construct up a hand-crafted wardrobe whereas studying stitching expertise that you’ll depend on later in your stitching life. Principally it is like taking a dressmaking course, however in e-book kind.

BEST FOR – Absolute learners

Love at First Stitch by Tilly Walnes - a perfect introduction to sewing

STYLE – A nod to 60s style

WHAT CAN I MAKE? – The e-book contains 5 principal patterns – pyjama bottoms, a skirt, two clothes and a shirt. Additionally included are two easy patterns you draft your self, guided by Tilly, for a shawl and skirt. All of the patterns have a number of methods you may make them so you will get a lot out of the e-book.

Love at First Stitch sewing patterns by Tilly Walnes
You’ll begin off with stitching a easy scarf, Brigitte, that helps you get used to utilizing the stitching machine – and stitching in straight strains. 

After that you just transfer on to stitching your first garment – the Margot pyjama bottoms, then you’ll study a worthwhile ability – how you can insert an invisible zip with the Delphine skirt. 

The Megan costume introduces two garment shaping strategies that you’re positive to see in your stitching future – darts and dart tucks, and you will get to follow that invisible zip once more! 

Subsequent up is the Clemence skirt which is a mild introduction to sample drafting – plus, you will uncover the wonders of gathering and how you can end a garment with stunning French seams. 

You may take your new-found stitching expertise up a notch with the subsequent mission – the super-cute Mimi shirt. Mimi includes a gorgeous Chelsea collar that should tick collars off your stitching checklist, and you will get to check your expertise with one other fastening technique – buttonholes! 

The ultimate e-book mission will carry a few of these expertise collectively and financial institution some extra. The stunning Lilou costume is lined, so will look as stunning on the within as the surface. The skirt is pleated in order that’s one other approach that you would be able to verify off your stitching repertoire.

PATTERN SIZES: UK 6-20 (US 2-16 / EUR 34-48)

Love at First Stitch sewing patterns by Tilly Walnes

WHAT WILL I LEARN? – In abstract, heaps! Listed here are just a few of the issues you’ll study…

  • arrange your stitching machine
  • Selecting material for a mission
  • Dressmaking fundamentals like pinning, utilizing a stitching sample, slicing out, transferring sample markings and understanding clothes development
  • Seam allowance finishes
  • Sample sizing, becoming and grading between sizes
  • Key methods, equivalent to inserting an invisible zip, keep stitching, shaping with darts, setting in sleeves, gathering, French seams, sew within the ditch, buttonholes, lining a garment, slip stitching and hundreds extra!

Purchase a signed copy of Love at First Sew

Stretch! - a guide to sewing with knit fabrics by Tilly Walnes

Stretch! Make Your self Snug Stitching with Knit Materials – £25

Tilly’s second e-book was born out of her love for stitching with stretchy knit materials and all the questions that got here up from stitchers who needed to present it a go themselves. Stitching with knit materials (equivalent to jersey) is not tough and also you do not want a particular machine – if you do not have an overlocker (serger), you possibly can sew the whole lot on a daily stitching machine! 

In Stretch!, Tilly takes you thru all it’s essential learn about stitching with knit materials and the way it behaves. The e-book is the right information for anybody who has by no means sewn with knit materials, or anybody eager to good their stretchy stitching expertise whereas making a set of beautiful handmade outfits.

BEST FOR – Anybody who loves sporting cozy, stretchy garments (I imply, who would not?!)

Stretch! Make Yourself Comfortable Sewing with Knit Fabrics by Tilly Walnes

STYLE – Comfortable and cute

WHAT CAN I MAKE? – The e-book contains six principal patterns – a skirt, a prime/costume, a T-shirt, a hoody, a pair of joggers and a costume. All of the patterns have a number of methods you may make them so you will get a lot out of every model. The e-book is sensible for getting you acquainted with various kinds of knit materials – so you’ll get comfy with utilizing and understanding how you can work with them.

Stretch! sewing projects for knit fabrics by Tilly Walnes

Stretch! kicks off with the Bibi skirt which is ideal for knit-fabric-newbies as it’s designed for low-stretch knits equivalent to ponte. In case you love a pinafore, you possibly can rework this sample into one with the bodice sample piece included. 

Subsequent up is the Frankie baseball T-shirt that’s designed for single-knit jersey material. You’ll choose up super-skills equivalent to attaching a neckband and stitching raglan sleeves.

The Freya costume might be the preferred sample from the e-book as a result of you may make it in so many various methods. It is a close-fitting sweater or A-line costume that has a number of hack potential! Tilly exhibits you how you can create a pleated ruffle element, roll neck or cowl neck so you’ll by no means cease making Freyas! You’ll grasp inserting sleeves “on the flat”. 

The following mission will see you whipping up a beautiful loungewear set. The Stella hoodie and joggers will introduce drawstrings and elastic casings to your stitching follow. It’ll additionally tick off working with heavier-weight knits like sweatshirt material and stitching buttonholes on stretch materials.

The ultimate mission can positively be described as a show-stopper. The Joni costume includes a gorgeous twist entrance within the bodice that’s surprisingly easy to make. You possibly can take a look at your expertise with a stretch velvet and/or a sequined skirt whereas Tilly guides you thru the method.

To learn extra about every sample and see all of the variations, click on on the sample identify beneath:






PATTERN SIZES – UK 6-20 (US 2-16 / EUR 34-48)

Inside Stretch - sewing with knit fabrics by Tilly Walnes

Inside Stretch - sewing with knit fabrics by Tilly Walnes


Able to stretch your self (sorry, I could not resist!)? The e-book is filled with ideas, tips and methods, listed here are simply among the issues you’ll grasp…

  • All the things it’s essential learn about knits – how you can take a look at their stretch %, getting ready them for slicing out, utilizing a rotary cutter and matching stripes
  • sew knits on a daily machine or overlocker (serger) you probably have one
  • Key stretchy methods, equivalent to attaching a neckband, stabilising seams, inserting sleeves “on the flat”, stitching buttonholes on knits, making an elastic waistband casing, and many extra…
  • Ideas for working with stretch velvet and sequins
  • enhance your stitching life and raise your sew-jo, take a sluggish stitching strategy, push your self out of your consolation zone and hundreds extra!

Purchase a signed copy of Stretch!

Make It Simple by Tilly Walnes - perfect for beginners

Make It Easy – Simple, Speedy Stitching Tasks to Sew Up in an Afternoon – £25

Tilly’s third e-book is all about becoming creativity into your busy life, it doesn’t matter what you’ve got obtained occurring. The initiatives are helpfully damaged down into chunks of time, so you possibly can work by way of a mission and verify steps off at your personal tempo. The clothes are trendy effortlessly trendy, and might all be made in a day or so.  The initiatives are very approachable and construct in problem because the e-book goes alongside, so learners can have enjoyable constructing stitching expertise – whereas watching a beautiful handmade wardrobe coming collectively.

BEST FOR – Busy sewists and learners

STYLE – Fashionable, easy and funky

WHAT CAN I MAKE? – The e-book contains six principal patterns – trousers/dungarees/playsuit, two clothes, a T-shirt, cardigan and pyjama set. All of the patterns have a number of methods you may make them – providing you with 24 initiatives in whole – them so you will get a lot out of the e-book.

Make It Simple - sewing patterns for modern makers by Tilly Walnes

The e-book begins off with a sample that may be made in 3 ways – the Safiya trousers, playsuit or dungarees – which has change into a success with a number of makers. 

Subsequent up is the Tabitha T-shirt and costume which is a staple each wardrobe wants. Constituted of knit materials, Tabitha is speedy to make and requires minimal becoming.

The fuss-free Suki costume has a contemporary cocoon form and will be made with a belt or with out. It is an ideal mission for learners as you will not need to navigate any fiddly fastenings or becoming tweaks. 

The Bertha cardigan is a me-made important. The outsized form and batwing sleeves which might be inserted on the flat imply making to sporting time is virtually nothing!

The Juno pyjamas are one other favorite design from the e-book as a result of they’re oh-so-comfortable. They use the Tabitha prime sample and legging-style bottoms which might be as cosy as they appear! It’s also possible to flip them into lovable shortie PJs for the summer season months. 

Probably the most concerned mission within the e-book is the 60s-inspired Olive pinafore costume. This make will add new methods to your stitching expertise, equivalent to double-pointed darts, an all-in-one dealing with and press-on snaps instead closure.  

To learn extra about every sample and see all of the variations, click on on the sample identify beneath.







PATTERN SIZES: UK 6-24 (US 2-20 / EUR 34-52)

Make It Simple by Tilly Walnes
Make It Simple by Tilly Walnes


Make It Easy does what it says on the tin. It helps you discover methods to make your stitching extra approachable so you possibly can match it into your busy life. The stitching shortcuts, life-style ideas and stitching methods embody:

  • make it easy – from choosing easy-to-use materials to quick becoming
  • Shortcuts for stitching – equivalent to in your machine and when to take your time vs when to whizz by way of
  • Batching stitching with the useful shortcut steps checklist or initiatives
  • find time for creativity
  • Enjoyable methods to make a mission your personal and maximise the usage of every sample
  • Couch-friendly duties for these evenings you do not have time to set the whole lot up
  • match creativity into every day and much extra!

Now to resolve which e-book is the one for you, or do you want the whole set? Your wardrobe is nearly to get an injection of DIY style – yippee!

You will get a signed copy of the books from our store. Glad stitching xx


Creator: Louise Carmichael

Stitching books: Revealed by Quadrille (Hardie Grant)

Ebook images by Ellie Smith

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