Tilda printed cotton fabrics are popular dressmaking materials for a few good reasons; the beautiful designs, the soft, smooth finish and the fact that they're so easy to work with and a pleasure to sew. Our previous blog posts have seen bloggers creating childrenswear, dresses, skirts and jackets. This is a truly versatile fabric! Click below to see our previous blog posts.
Our next blogger to work with Tilda Cotton printed fabric is Susie of Susie D Designs. Susie actually has her own online shop selling sewing patterns for bags and purses, so for her to tackle making clothing was a big change of direction! Here's her wonderful make in full.
I joined the White Tree Fabrics blogging team a while back and, at long last, I have my first completed project to show off!
I chose some lovely Tilda fabrics and McCalls pattern K3601, both supplied by White Tree Fabrics, to make a kaftan-style top. This has also been the first thing I’ve made with my brand new overlocker, more about that in another post! So not only did I have a lovely new top to make, I could also make it on my new machine and hopefully end up with a professional looking piece of clothing.
I found this McCalls pattern quite easy to follow, but… it did take little while to get the collar right as it was slightly confusing as to how it would end up the right way around! Got there in the end though, I just needed to follow the instructions very carefully. You need to fold the outer edges of the collar section to wrong side and press, then pin it, wrong side up, to the front/back neckline, also wrong side up.
After stitching around the neckline and the marked centre line, which is then cut to open the neckline slit, it’s turned to the right side of the front/back of top. Then pinned in place and topstitched around the edges.
Due to my own mistake (rushing ahead) I ended up having to do set-in sleeves rather than the easier method of sewing the shoulder edges onto the front/back before sewing the sleeve and side seams. I’d already sewn the sleeve seams by the time I’d noticed and couldn’t be bothered unpicking. It worked out just fine though as they didn’t need any gathering to fit. They fitted into the armhole really well and I was so pleased (relieved!) with the result. I needed more practice with set-in sleeves anyway!!
So here’s my finished top, ta da…
We love this gorgeous tunic, perfect for cooler days!
Why not browse our lovely Tilda collection and find that perfect fabris to inspire your next project?