Tilly's Brigitte Scarf

When my husband bought me a sewing machine, what feels like years ago now, I had dreams of making beautiful quilts that would be passed down throughout the generations. In London my sewing space was the kitchen table and although here in France I have a dedicated craft space up in the loft, my sewing journey is still so much slower than I thought it would be. I still consider myself a beginner and I'm still terrified of sewing anything other than straight lines!

The Great British Sewing Bee programme really opened my eyes to the possibilities of a gorgeous handmade wardrobe that has now become my new dream. (I have yet to sew my first quilt!) But how to get round the fear of sewing clothes...with sleeves, zips, seams and bias binding?! Luckily there are some lovely new books coming out to help beginners like me to get going. Tilly Walnes from the first series of the Sewing Bee launched her book 'Love At First Stitch' this year and I ordered a signed copy straight from her website along with one of her skirt patterns.

The first project in the book is the Brigitte Scarf. I raided my fabric stash and after a quick glance at the instructions cut my fabric totally wrong. Lesson number one...read the pattern instructions through from start to finish before starting any project! I rectified my mistake and within less than an hour I had my first scarf! The layout of the book is great, the instructions are easy to follow, there are pictures to help you along the way, and suggestions on how you can make the project your own. It looks like I'm going to be turning a couple into pirate headbands soon as when I gave it to Jacob to wear he didn't want to take it off!

I'm now ready for project number two...pyjama bottoms! What's on your sewing table?

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