Let’s start with a disclaimer – that sounds fun doesn’t it.
Tilly is someone I consider a dear friend. Like many, I first got to know her through her gorgeous blog and then in London sewing meet-ups. She is one of the most generous, helpful, energetic and enthusiastic ambassadors for sewing there is and so I was delighted to recieve her new book Love At First Stitch courtesy of Love Sewing to participate in a blog tour.
But I also think it’s important to be honest, and honestly, I was a little nervous.
See Tilly and I are not exactly the same size:
Mail-boxes probably not to scale… also this is SUCH an old photo
Could a pint-sized pattern maker really design something to fit such a different body shape?
First things first – the book itself is gorgeous. It is graphic and modern and a mix a straightforward, easily explained info combined with the best of Tilly’s blog and pattern line.
Each chapter is shaped around a project so right from the start you are focussed on making. The sizes range from a Bust-Waist-Hip of 30-24-33in through to 44-38-47in.
You are taken through the project step-by-step with very clear photo illlustrated instructions. The key steps are displayed on a solid yellow background so if you already sew you can just focus on the bits you need. As a new technique is introduced it is shown in detail against a grided background. The best part here is that unlike many sewing books, techniques are introduced as they are needed so as not to overwhelm the learner.
For each pattern, Tilly provides two variations so you can try different looks. For the Lilou dress, there are even instructions on how to add a scallopped neckline which you might remember from one of Tilly’s GBSB projects.
Lastly each chapter has a section on making sewing into a lifestyle – including what to do in a fabric shop – quite intimidating if you’re a begginer!
It’s a book that balances the written with the visual extremely well and there are loads of pictures along the way but I wanted a better idea of what the designs would look like on me and other curvier sewing peeps. In the interests of any plus size folks on the fence, here’s how they look.
Clemence gives us a gathered waist skirt. Coco isn’t in the book but how cute do they look together?
Lilou is the most complex project in the book with a fitted bodice and pleated skirt and is one of two dresses. You can see Megan at the top of the page.
And here is Delphine and my favourite of all the Mimi blouse – especially after catching sight of Katie’s version at the book launch.
So there you have it – have I tempted any of my fellow curvy sewers? Want to see more – there’ll be a Brigitte tutorial and a Megan dress coming up – I’m putting my Me Made May pledge to work. Watch this space.
Thanks again to Love Sewing Magazine for including me on the tour. You can see the other tour posts below:
House of Pinheiro
Did You Make That
What Katie Sews
A Stitching Oddysey
Love At First Stitch is available from Tilly’s shop (signed copy!), Book Depository (free international shipping!!), and Amazon. Or you can get it free for a limited time by subscribing to Love Sewing Magazine.