Simple, elegant, and a little groovy, Love at First Stitch is all you need to start making the dresses of your dreams–with 7 complete full-size patterns.
Fancy making your own clothes but have no idea where to start? Tired of overwhelming sewing manuals and frumpy projects? Love at First Stitch offers a refreshing approach to dressmaking for modern makers, taking you from the basics of threading your sewing machine through creating gorgeous garments that you’ll love to wear. Let Tilly Walnes inspire you with her jargon-busting tutorials, down-to-earth attitude, and adorable dressmaking style, showing you that making your own clothes is so much more enjoyable than buying them.
• Build your skills and confidence one project at a time: new techniques are introduced when you need them. • Step-by-step photographs take the head-scratching out of sewing. • Includes 7 full-scale, multisize patterns, ready to be traced and used again and again. • Tilly’s hints and tips for making sewing part of your lifestyle, adding your own special touch to any sewing project, and even how to polish your signature style.
Tilly Walnes demystifies dressmaking for the generations that have never been taught to sew. Written for novice stitchers by the author of the popular sewing blog Tilly and the Buttons, this book presents the sewing basics in an informal style, with Tilly’s friendly and encouraging voice cheering the reader on throughout. Instead of overwhelming the novice dressmaker with theory, this book is about learning by doing. Each chapter presents practical tips and inspiration to guide you through creating a made-to-measure garment from one of the seven versatile and adaptable patterns included with the book, which can then be personalized to suit your individual style. Peppered throughout the book are Tilly’s top sewing tips, including everything from what to look out for when buying–or borrowing–your first sewing machine, to how to behave in a fabric shop so that you appear like an expert, to techniques for pressing perfection.
“Tilly Walnes breaks down handmade clothing in an approachable, fun-to-read way. Each chapter contains a project, beginning simple with a scarf and ending with an impressive lined dress. Plus Tilly provides variations to make the project your own and suggestions for making sewing not only a hobby, but a lifestyle. Sewists of all skill levels will enjoy this beautiful book.”—Sew News