Welcome to the second in our series of guest blog posts. Today we feature Tamlyn from the blog and vlog Sewn on the Tyne. Being originally from the North East myself, I love to listen to Tamlyn's vlog and I couldn't help but read this with her accent in my head! Tamlyn was gifted the fabric in return for this blog post.
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Hi, I’m Tamlyn (Also known as Sewn on the Tyne) and I was so happy to be asked by Laura to write a guest blog post for her lovely business, Fabric Magpie. I’ve purchased from Laura before and the fabric was fantastic quality, so I was super excited to be able to choose something from her shop to review.
When browsing the website, there were a few lovely fabrics that I was drawn to. However, I had quite a specific idea in my mind of making an outfit to wear on my upcoming holiday to New York. I wanted something comfortable, for all that walking we would be doing, as well as something that would keep me cool if the weather was warm. I emailed Laura and asked if it would be possible to choose two fabrics so that I could make a top and a skirt, as I would only need a metre of each. Of course she said yes, so I went back to the website to look at the jerseys and the denims.
For the skirt, I chose to make the Tilly and the Buttons Ness (the mini version) as it met the criteria I was looking for and I had already recently made it so I knew it was a good fit and style for me. There were three different colours of stretch denim to choose from on the website, but after a bit of deliberation I chose black as I thought it would be a really versatile piece to add to my wardrobe.
I chose another Tilly and the Buttons pattern for the top, the Nora, as I wanted a loose fitting, casual t-shirt. Laura has a great range of jerseys to choose from, but I had to go for the mustard yellow leopard print. It really stood out for its vibrancy and it reminded me of the yellow taxis in New York!
When I received the fabric, which actually happened in person when we were in Leicester for the Dressmakers Ball, I couldn’t stop stroking both pieces as they were SO soft. The quality was amazing and I couldn’t wait to get home and sew with them! Once home, I immediately pre-washed both pieces of fabric (separately) on my usual 30 degree wash and then waited for them to dry so that I could get making.
For cutting the fabric, I used a cutting mat and rotary cutter. I used wonder clips and pattern weights to prevent movement, although both fabrics behaved really well and didn’t need much to hold them in place. The instructions, as always in Tilly and the Buttons patterns, were fantastic – clear, straight forward and simple to follow, especially with the helpful videos you can find on the website. I’d also made both patterns before, so these were pretty straight forward makes for me. I made the short-sleeved, long line version of the Nora top and constructed this mostly on my overlocker using fun, rainbow coloured thread. I also used a zig-zag stitch on my standard machine for topstitching.
For the Ness skirt, I used my overlocker for finishing seams but everything else was done on my standard machine. I tried out a denim needle at first, but the fabric didn’t seem to like it so I changed to a universal needle (90) and this worked like a dream! As you can see in the photos, I topstitched using mustard yellow top stitching thread and a special top stitching needle. I think this looks really effective and it matches with the yellow in the top.
There weren’t any parts of the makes that I struggled with. The trickiest bit of the skirt construction, I suppose, is inserting the zip fly. However, I had used the video on the Tilly and the Buttons website the first time I made the Ness skirt, so this time I found it easy! If the zip insertion is perhaps putting you off making this pattern, I would highly encourage you to give it a go – it’s really not as complicated as you may think and it’s very satisfying once you’ve completed it.
I am really happy with my finished outfit. I love both pieces individually and they will get a lot of wear, but I also think they work perfectly together as a complete outfit. The top is so bold and eye-catching. In fact, my mum loved the fabric so much after seeing me wearing it, that she ordered 2 metres for herself! So if you want some for yourself, don’t miss out – it really is a beautiful quality jersey. The stretch denim was also fantastic to work with and very comfortable to wear. I think it’s currently out of stock on Fabric Magpie at the moment, but I’m sure Laura will try and get some more in future.
Thank you to Laura for giving me the opportunity to work with her wonderful fabric and share my makes with you. I hope they have inspired you!
Tamlyn (Sewn on the Tyne)
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A huge thank you to Tamlyn for today's blog post. If you'd like to see more of her makes please check her out here:
You Tube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGKvP-ZRddRFtOxpn5tQHHg
To find the Jersey please search Leopard Jersey or check out the Jersey/Stretch section on the website. Unfortunately, the black denim has been discontinued by my supplier at this time but I still have some in the Grey colourway in the Denim section of the website and I'm hoping to source a replacement soon.