My thoughts on sewing two of the patterns from the long awaited Tilly and the Buttons Stretch! book.
Hi there friends!
When I heard the new book by Tilly and the Buttons was coming out and it was all about sewing knits, it didn't take much convincing before I put in my pre-order on Amazon.
The day after I received it in the mail, I was at Joann's in the happy, stretchy, knit section. I picked a heavy ponte floral knit for the pinafore and an awesome two-sided jersey knit for the freya sweater. The combination felt very "Spring" to me, which is what I was going for.
The pinafore sewed up nice and easy. The instructions were well written and easy to understand. I had it done front to back in about an hour and a half. The only thing I noticed after wearing it for a day, was that my straps loosened up quite a bit. I think I will need to go back in and shorten them up a bit.
As for the Freya sweater, the knit I picked up was two-sided. One side had a black-and-white stripe and the other side had a polka dot. So I opted to try and use a flat felled seam on my serger so I could wear it on either side. This was a first for me, but thankfully for YouTube, I had it figured out in no time. The only modification I made was to cut the mock neck in half and sew one polka dot side to one striped side together so I could have the correct pattern on the mock neck match up with the correct pattern on the front. I had the shirt done in about an hour.
Overall, I loved sewing both of these pieces. They were so quick and easy to sew, great for any beginning seamstresses out there. I think I may need to revisit these patterns again, and I definitely want to try some of the other patterns in the book!