book review

Tilly and the Buttons: Stretch!

At the Knitting and Stitching show we met Tilly and T loved her new book Stretch!, so we bought a copy that Tilly so kindly signed it.  T chose the Stella hoodie and while we were browsing around the show found some fabulous super cuddly teddy bear fabric at Higgs & Higgs.  It’s not a jersey as such, although does have a stretch to it.

The pattern pieces for each project are on separate sheets and easy to trace off, I traced the largest size as T’s favorite hoodie that must be around 7 years old is super oversize and great instead of a dressing gown.  One extra feature she asked for was teddy bear ears!

The construction was very straight forward and a super quick make, I used my overlocker for most of the construction and only top-stitched the hood front for the cord and hem.  The hem has a pointed detail to match the original hoodie and is about 6 inches longer than the patter.  So loved making this and T is delighted, only shy about being pictured wearing it.  I have plans to make the Joni dress next, when I can find the right fabric and I know Tilly is having a pop-up shop tomorrow – so will try to go along if I can.

Love the new book and am sure it will help cure me of my fear of stretch fabrics, have had a couple of disasters over the years and I’m sure it was just down to the fabric I used.  So if you’d like to start sewing with stretch, its a perfect book and great also just for all the patterns!

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