It’s been just over a year since I got my sewing machine, and I’m finally feeling daring enough to try make myself clothing – my original aim. I’ve hardly got an ‘off-the-rack’ figure and I love the doors sewing opens up to me.
After buying a Tilly and the Buttons book, I fell in love with her really great, step-by-step tutorials and truly beautiful patterns. They were patterns I wanted to make, with the instructions that made them actually achievable.
So happy! My first sewn garment – a #clemence #skirt designed by AND with lovely & detailed instructions by @tillybuttons – is almost done!! Much thanks to @staceyvorster who helped me with the confusing zip! Tomorrow I 'stitch in the ditch' and sew the hem. So excited to try it on! And a little scared… was a little tight so either a) my circumference has increased (😭) or b) my Maths was wrong. Both are equally possible. Either way, it's an incentive to hit my kick boxing class on Monday! . . . . #sewing #SewingDiary #shweshwe #waxprint #tillyandthebuttons #gatheredskirt #bitchingstitches #clemenceskirt #clėmence
After buying the below skirt I realised this fifties style, cinched waist, flared clothing really suits my figure. Win! And while I was fabric shopping for my bridesmaid’s dresses, my bridesmaid and I spotted this fun print that I knew would suit me and I snapped it up.
This is me in a 50s style skirt- trying my hand at sewing my own from @tillybuttons Clėmentine pattern using the bright red print on the right. Excited to see it finished…. tomorrow I do the gathering. Learning bit by bit! #eep #sewing101 #fiftiesstyle #shweshwe #red #brightprint #sewcialists #sewing
Here’s Tilly herself in the Clemence skirt:
I ended up either messing up my maths or losing weight and mis-stitching a bit, so it’s not perfect – but I do love it. It took me over five months to make because I kept putting it on the back burner , but it was almost EXHILARATING to whip it off the sewing machine and put it on.
Here I am in over-sized, wonky, and rather fabulous skirt:
This is quite a flattering photo of me in my first, rather unflattering, hand made piece of clothing for ME – a @tillybuttons #clemenceskirt! I made it in a bright shwe shwe but alas it is too big for me and has a wobbly bit in the front. I'm still wearing it with pride! #SewingDiary #sewing #handmade #waxprint #shweshwe