STYLO magazine: issue 04

STYLO 04 outfit by Craftstorming

The latest issue of STYLO magazine has just been released and it’s jam packed full of inspiration for spring and summer. STYLO is a kids fashion magazine where every single item shown has been sewn by the contributors. There are links for the patterns and fabrics used so you can re-create your favourite look or just used them for ideas. The co-editors, Celina and Jess, have outdone themselves once again and I am really proud to be a part of this issue.

One of my favourite features in the whole magazine was by Tara from Girl Like The Sea, so I wasn’t surprised to see one of her amazing photos on the cover. Congratulations Tara! You may also notice that her daughter is wearing a Twisted Tank in the photo. There’s a few other Titchy Threads patterns throughout the magazine.

STYLO 04 outfit by Craftstorming

When I was first asked to contribute I had so many ideas running through my head that it was difficult to narrow them down. I decided I really wanted to push myself a little and asked Casper’s girlfriend, Clementine, if she would like to take part. Fortunately she loved the idea and soon after I thought of the clementine fabric from Rae’s latest Small World collection, which Cloud 9 generously provided. Once that decision was made choosing the other fabrics to use was a lot easier and I even developed my first (solo) pattern just for girls.

STYLO 04 outfit by Craftstorming

I will be back soon with another blog post soon with a lot more details about the patterns and fabrics I used. For now though, make yourself a drink, sit comfortably and go and enjoy the magazine in full.

STYLO 04 outfit by Craftstorming

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Twisted Tuesdays Tour: Week 4

Twisted Tuesday number four brings us four wonderful bloggers.

First is Laura from Behind the Hedgerow, who I was lucky enough to meet on my recent trip to Paris. She was just as stylish, fun and easy going in person as you imagine her to be from reading her blog. I love the way Laura uses such an eclectic mix of solids and prints, just like she has for this fantastic outfit she made for her youngest son. Read all about it here.

twisted tour - behind the hedgerowI have followed Lies from Oon since around the time I discovered blogs and I was so happy she agreed to join the tour today. The combination of fabrics, clothes and beautiful photographs inspires me every time. Lies has a bit of a surprise giveaway today – she is giving away a couple of baby size tank tops and they are so cute! Head over to her blog to read more.

twistedtank by oon

Maria from My Cozy Co, writes her blog in Spanish and English and translated the patterns on this tour for me. Maria was a tester for the Twisted Trousers and already made this amazing pair, with the stunning combination of black and pink. I absolutely love this black and neon bag she made, using an origami smocking detail on the front (she has a tutorial for that too). For today’s post Maria has turned the Twisted Tank into a dress and made another gorgeous pair of Twisted Trousers.

TwisterTankteaser mycozyco

The fourth guest this week is the inimitable Ari from Max California. This lady has such a unique talent and style, and often comes out with some brilliant surprises so I was really excited to see what she’d make. Her Twisted Trousers are just incredible and you have to read her post to check out the fabric name (best name ever!).

twisted trousers max california

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Twisted Tuesdays Tour: Week 3

It’s already week 3 of the Twisted Tuesdays Tour and I can’t wait to share what today’s guests have made.

First is Meagan from Ava’s Lookbook, who makes gorgeous clothes for her daughter Ava. Every outfit is so well thought out and beautifully photographed, while keeping a childlike sense of fun – like with this Iridescent Birthday Dress. There is also a great mix of more casual everyday looks with some really special and unique pieces.  I love how Meagan has opted for a predominantly black outfit today, pairing a black Twisted Tank with some black floral Twisted Trousers. She had the great idea to make a feature of the twist on the tank by adding some fringe, you can read more about it here.

Ava's Lookbook Twisted Tank PantsMy second guest is Brienne from Handmade by Brienne, who has the most stunning taste in fabrics and alway manages to show them off with the perfect pattern choices. I love how she mixes knitting into her outfits, it’s almost enough to tempt me to try knitting again. Brienne also sells the most wonderful bags and pouches in her Etsy shop, one of these days I’m going to have to try and persuade her to ship overseas. Apparently these lovely Twisted Trousers with neon piping are just a test pair but I can’t imagine how she’s going to beat these. Read more in Brienne’s post here.

My third guest is Monica from Mamemimo, who lives in Spain and sews a really wide range of beautiful clothes for her whole family. She also teaches several courses a year and everything she makes looks impeccable. I just love the mix of different sized dots in this Twisted Tank and the Twisted Trousers look gorgeous in a neutral with the pop of orange from the piping. This is not all that Monica has made either – you can see everything in her post here.

Twisted Tank and Trousers by Mamemimo My last guest this week is Angie from La Pantigana, who is also from Spain. As she shared in a recent post she has a slight addiction to adding details with cord to the clothes she makes. There is even a link party is you has some good examples to share. She sews a lot for both herself and her children – including this amazing cheetah costume. For today’s post Angi has made two pairs of Twisted Trousers. I love how she’s used contrast fabrics on both to highlight the front and back twists. Read all about them here.

Twisted Trousers by La Pantigana

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Paris Sew Social + GIVEAWAY

Paris group shot

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to join a sewing blogger weekend in Paris. You may be surprised to hear that when I was first invited I said no! I haven’t shared my news here yet but I am 6 months pregnant. When Annika and Jo initially asked me about the trip I was struggling with morning sickness and couldn’t imagine visiting the next town, let alone travelling to Paris. Fortunately, I was able to change my mind a few weeks later and I’m so glad I went. I got to meet so many lovely and talented ladies from all across Europe and to spend a whole weekend talking about sewing and fabric (amongst other things), with people who are just as excited about it as me.

Display at Anna Ka Bazaar

 Display at Anna Ka Bazaar

Paris Sew Social - me, Maartje and Nienke

 Nienke, me and Maartje

We all stayed at St. Christopher’s Inn by the Gare du Nord (which has such a convenient location) and were provided with packs with maps and other information from the Paris Office du Tourisme. Our sponsor Bernina offered an amazing voucher that allowed us to purchase some gorgeous Atelier Brunette fabric at Anna Ka Bazaar and a delicious meal in a little restaurant (les Quilles). The restaurant host was very entertaining and I’d thoroughly recommend this place.

I did take my DSLR with me but ended up not taking many photos. I was very happy just to absorb the atmosphere and enjoy the great company. We visited some amazing fabric shops but surprisingly I didn’t buy too much. Fortunately, we had some incredible sponsors so I still came back with a lot of fabric and other goodies.

Paris fabrics 1

Paris fabrics 2

Not a bad stash I think you’ll agree! Well, there is also a chance for three of you to win one of the packages of fabric and patterns listed below. The winners will also have the chance to participate in a blog tour in June/July for which we all will sew something using the wonderful fabrics and patterns that we got.

Paris Sew Social and this giveaway were made possible by our amazing sponsors, so thank you Bernina, Lillestoff, Cousette, Nosh, FabFab, Telaria, Alles für Selbermacher, Supercut, Imagine Gnats, Nutta, Mon Depot, Tuttle, Aurifil, Snaply, Joyfits, Ottobre, Compagnie M., Do Guincho, Titchy Threads, Made It, Kid Approved, Schneidermeistern, Delia Creates, Willow&Co, Mouse House Creations, Sofilantjes, Sewpony, LBG Studio, Loubee Clothing, Straightgrain, Elegance&Elephants, Hey June, Paisley Roots, St. Christopher’s Inns & Paris Office du Tourisme

Paris giveaway sponsors


Here’s what available to win….


1st prize:

The first prize includes jerseys from Lillestoff (the rose print sponsored by Lillestoff, the ABC print sponsored by joy fits), a Andrea Lauren bag filled with goodies from Alles für Selbermacher, an Ottobre magazin, a 15$ voucher for Imagine Gnats Shop and a sewing magazine from


2nd prize:

The second prize includes a jersey with roses from lillestoff, a fun dinosaur fabric sponsored by mon depot, some pink ribbing from Nosh, a lace zipper from Snaply, nice spools from Aurifil, a paper pattern by Compagnie M. and a sewing magazine from


3rd prize:

The third prize includes a flowery popeline from Lillestoff, white jersey from Nosh, blue stretch fabric with Cupcakes from mon depot, a paper pattern from Compagnie M., spools from Aurifil and a sewing magazine from

The giveaway is open to international entries, void where prohibited by law. The giveaway runs until Monday May 11th 2015, 12am CET. To be in with a chance of winning just enter the rafflecopter below. The more of our social media channels you follow, the higher your chance to win one of the three prizes.The giveaway runs until Monday May 11th 2015, 12am CET. Good luck everyone!

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Twisted Tuesdays Tour: Week 2

Welcome back to week two of the Twisted Tuesdays Tour. I have introduced tiered pricing on my site this week, so if you purchase a few full price patterns together you’ll get a bonus discount (buy 3 to get 10% off, buy 5 to get 15% off). This is applied automatically at checkout.

I am really excited about today’s guests. Both their blogs are fairly new to me but they’re the sort of blogs that once you discover them, you want to go back and read every single post.

First up is Toya from Made by Toya. She sews a wide variety of things but mostly for her two gorgeous daughters. As an artist / illustrator she often adds a creative twist or unusual details that really make the finished items special – just look at this incredible quilted jacket. Toya’s is also used to having to combine widths and lengths of patterns for her tall slim eldest girl, and her post today shows how good a fit you can get when you take the time for this. I also adore the jacket, which Toya made using the Rowan Tee pattern as a base.

Twisted Tuesday outfit from Made by Toya

My other guest is Carin from Art Bella, who sews amazing clothes for both her son and her daughter. I love how she is able to adapt the style she sews in for their different personalities and everything looks impeccably made. Did you know that Liberty make swimsuit fabric? Nor did I until I saw this stunning swimsuit. For this Twisted Tuesday both children got a pair of Twisted Trousers and the Twisted Tank (with a difference) and Rowan Tee feature in there too. Read more about the outfits here.

Twisted Tanks and Trousers by Art Bella

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Twisted Tuesdays Tour: Week 1

Hello! Today I am kicking off the Twisted Tuesdays Tour. Every Tuesday for the next 7 weeks I will have some of my favourite sewing bloggers sharing what they’ve made. Each person has made the Twisted Trousers or Twisted Tank (or both) and possibly a Rowan Tee as well.

I can also now share that all of these patterns have been professionally translated into Spanish. If you’ve bought from my site then you can select the language option in your ‘Downloads’. To celebrate I have several talented Spanish speaking bloggers joining the tour, so hopefully you might discover some new blogs to follow.  Everything I’ve seen so far has looked amazing so I won’t delay any longer.

The full line up is at the bottom of this post, but let me introduce today’s guests first.

First is Shelley from Bartacks and Singletrack, who I followed on Flickr before she started her blog. As her blog name suggests Shelley is a big cycling fan. One of the first projects I saw of hers was this incredible Evel Knievel costume. I love how she is always willing to accept a challenge – just check out this shirt she made recently. She was sent the cut pieces by someone else, with no pattern, no instructions and no idea of the seam allowance. Not only did she make an gorgeous shirt with French seams throughout, she then added some adorable embroidery. Today Shelley is sharing two different pairs of Twisted Trousers that she made for her son and daughter. Also, make sure you visit her blog again tomorrow to see how she turned the Twisted Trousers and Rowan Tee into some costume pyjamas that a lot of kids will be very jealous of.

Twisted Trousers by Bartacks and Singletrack

My other guest today is Naii from Diario de Naii, who makes a huge variety of beautiful clothes for both herself and her children. She has great taste in prints and will often use other methods to create one of a kind garments, like this fantastic origami dinosaur T-shirt. I also adore this top that she made for herself in a gorgeous grey. For today’s post Naii has made outfits from the Twisted Trousers and Twisted Tank for both her children. I love the way she’s played with different stripes on the tank and there’s a surprise detail on the front.

Twisted Tank and Twisted Trousers by Diario de Naii

I can’t wait to see what next week’s guests make. Here is the full line up.

Week 1: Bartacks and Singletrack / Diario de Naii

Week 2: Art Bella / Made by Toya / La Pantigana / Max California

Week 3: Handmade by Brienne / Ava’s Lookbook / Mamemimo / Our Family Four

Week 4: Behind the Hedgerow / Oon / My Cozy Co

Week 5: Hungie Gungie / Groovybaby and Mama / La Inglesita

Week 6: Sutures and Sandpaper / Maker*land / Cal Joan y Mas

Week 7: Petit a Petit and Family / La Folie Sewing Booth /

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Azur and Cloud 9 swim patterns are here

Hello! It’s almost a month since I last posted but I promise I have been very busy behind the scenes. I am really excited to share a double pattern release with you today.

About a year ago I started working on two swim patterns with my amazing friend Celina from Petit à Petit and Family. Little did we know that we’d still be working on them a whole year later. Today I am here to share the good news though – they are finally ready and available to buy! You can find the Cloud 9 swim shorts and tank here and the Azur reversible swimsuit here. For a limited time only you can buy both patterns to get a 25% discount (just add both to your cart on the Titchy Threads site).

We have put a huge amount of work into these patterns and we’re so pleased with the final results. It’s been an amazing experience and I’ve learned so much during the process. Both patterns are reversible with the option to colour block and are available in sizes 6-12 months to 12 years. I talk a little bit further down about my fabric source for the tank tops and next week I will return with a blog post covering a lot of great sources for swimsuit fabric. Here are all the details…


Cloud 9 Swim Shorts and Tank Pattern by Titchy Threads and Petit a Petit and Family

This swim shorts and tank set can be worn together or as separates. The tank has a slim fit with slim shoulders and can be made with a regular hem or a cuffed hem. The shorts include options for layers regular or colour blocked. They can be made reversible or you can use the leg cuffs for a non-reversible pair. I love how the reversible ones come together, the last few steps still seem like magic.

It’s even been warm enough for my boys to wear theirs on a recent trip to the beach.

Cloud 9 swim shorts and tank - at the beach

Cloud 9 swim shorts and tank - at the beach

Cloud 9 swim shorts and tank - at the beach

The recommended fabric is swimsuit fabric with a nylon / lycra content and 4 way stretch (at least 50% in both directions). However, you could make the tank in a good quality cotton / lycra jersey.

You can find the Cloud 9 pattern here in the Titchy Threads shop.

Cloud 9 swim shorts and tank line drawings

To get the animal prints on the tanks I had the fabric custom printed at L&S Prints. They are the only custom print fabric company I’ve found that prints swimsuit fabric on a small scale basis.  Fortunately for me they are based in the UK. It isn’t cheap (£23 for one metre including shipping) and the upload process was a bit clunky. However, most custom print fabric is not cheap and once the company had received my image the fabric was printed and arrived really quickly (I think within 3 or 4 working days).

Cloud 9 swim shorts and tank - elephant panel

I only got a quick photo on my phone but this is what I managed to fit on 1 metre of fabric. It’s enough for 5 tank tops, 4 panels and one pair of shorts. I set up my design in Inksape and laid out the full sized pattern pieces initially, then placed the images I wanted to use on to, to make sure they would fit. The animal images are from Shutterstock and the monkey print is an old design based on Rowan’s favourite soft toy, which I wrote about here and here.

Fabric layout


Azur Reversible Swimsuit - pdf pattern by Titchy Threads and Petit a Petit and Family

The Azur is a fully reversible swimsuit with a really unique design. You have two different shoulder straps (halterneck with clasp or cross over) as well as an optional extra back strap. Each layer can be made with a regular view or colour blocked. The pattern also includes optional bows. It’s a very versatile pattern and you can make sure each swimsuit you sew is truly one of a kind.

Azur Reversible Swimsuit with colour block, halter strap and back strap

Azur Reversible Swimsuit with halter strap - front view

Azur Reversible Swimsuit with halter strap, additional back strap and colour block panel

You can find the Azur pattern here in the Titchy Threads shop.

Azur Reversible Swimsuit - options

So there you go. Two very versatile patterns that will allow to to make a huge variety of swimwear for your children.

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Competition winners

The I ♥ Layers competition was a huge success with 303 entries! I have been overwhelmed by all the support and comments that I’ve received over the last week and a bit. I would also like to say a huge thank you to Frances of Miss Matatabi and Rachael from Imagine Gnats, who each offered a $40 voucher to their shops.

Miss Matatabi logo
square logo imagine gnats

They both have the most amazing selections in their shops, so not only do the winners get lots of new patterns to try but they will also have some lovely fabric to make them with. You can’t beat that.

So without further delay the winning comment numbers were 61 and 165, making Dana and Johanna the two lucky winners.

I ♥ layers competition winners


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I ♥ layers

I ♥ Layers competition from Titchy Threads

13 months ago today Titchy Threads was the first pattern company to include pattern layers as a feature of their patterns. If you haven’t come across layers before they basically allow you to switch on and off the different sizes within your pdf so you can print only the size or sizes you want to use. I will explain a bit more about them below but if you are already familiar with them then let me tell you about the competition first.

To celebrate the layers feature I am hosting a ‘I ♥ layers’ competition in my group. Two lucky winners will each receive all the patterns I’ve released so far AND all the patterns I that I release during the next 12 months. I promise there are many new Titchy Threads patterns in the works as well. The Azur reversible swimsuit and Cloud 9 reversible swim shorts and tank are both almost ready. I started working on them last year with the reversibility master Celina from Petit a Petit and Family and we’re just tweaking a few final details. I will also be releasing the Rise and Shine Raglan (including puppet sleeves and other options) in the next month or two, with a lot more patterns planned after that. All the details on how to enter can be found in my Titchy Threads pattern group on Facebook.

Azur reversible swimsuit by Titchy Threads and Petit a Petit and Family



So what are layers and how can I use them?

The pattern designer must have included layers in the pattern. It has definitely become very popular within the last year and lots of designers include this. Layers are generally added when patterns are created using Illustrator (fairly easily) or Inkscape. I use Inkscape and also sell a pdf generator tool with two levels. The professional level of the tool allows the user to include layers in their pdf.

To use layers you must open your pdf in Adobe reader. You then need to select to list the layers for all pages, since the layers only appear in the pattern pages and they are normally at the end of the document.

Layers in a pdf pattern by Titchy Threads

The pattern will default to showing all the layers, as you can see below.

All layers selected to print - pattern by Titchy Threads

You can then turn each layer on and off individually. Below only the 12-18 month layer is turned on and you can see that is the only size that is shown in the pattern pieces.

Only one layer selected to print - pattern by Titchy Threads

It’s as simple as that. Now when you print only the size 12-18 month pieces will print. This will save you ink and make it easier to see the lines if the various sizes overlap. It is also really useful if you want to blend the width of one size and the length of another – just print those two sizes and it’s easier to combine the two.

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Twisted Trousers Testers

I mentioned last week that I had an amazing group of testers for the Twisted Trousers and I really did. They hung in there for almost 3 weeks of testing, were so supportive and gave me valuable feedback to help improve the pattern. I couldn’t have done it without them.

Before I share their version I should remind you that there’s less than 6 hours left to take advantage of the sale. Anyone on my mailing list or in my Facebook group can get 25% off all my patterns  – valid until midnight GMT today. If you haven’t got the code and would like to take advantage of this offer then you can either sign up for the Titchy Threads newsletter here or request to join the Titchy Threads patterns Facebook group here.

I think you’ll see from the photos below that everyone’s Twisted Trousers turned out amazing. There is also so much variety – solids that will go well with everything, topstitched pairs, pairs with pops of bright piping, gorgeous florals, two tone pairs and fun prints.

Ages 2 to 5

Twisted Trousers Testers - ages 2 to 5

Row 1: Left and Right – Maartje from Huisje Boompje Boefjes , Centre – Candy

Row 2: Left – Audrey’s closet, Centre – Natalie from Sew Outnumbered, Right – Ines from La Folie Sewing Booth

Row 3: Left – Amy from Friends Stitched Together, Centre – Maria from My Cozy Co, Right – Ashley

Ages 6 to 12

Twisted Trousers Tester - ages 6 to 12

Row 1: Left – Diana from Miss Castelinhos, Centre – Carla from Rita Pirolita, Right – Bridget from bbsbeenbusy

Row 2: Left – Nadine Simard, Centre – Melissa of A Happy Stitch, Right – Karly from Paisley Roots

Row 3: Left – Karly from Paisley Roots (as for row 2), Centre and Right – Shelly from Sew Shelly Sew

Emily from My Craft Little Self made a batman inspired pair and then styled a whole outfit around them. I’m pretty sure her son will be wearing these all the time.

Twisted Trousers by Emily of MyCraftyLittleSelf

Melissa from A Happy Stitch made another couple of pairs in sweatshirt fleece for her sons. These look so comfy and I would definitely recommend it as a suitable fabric to use

Twisted Trousers in sweatshirt fleece by Melissa of A Happy Stitchand last but certainly not least, Mie from Sewing Like Mad made a whole twisted outfit, pairing the twisted trousers with the twisted tank. Mie also added an exposed elastic waistband, which works just as well as the knit waistband included in the pattern instructions.

Twisted Trousers and Twisted Tank by Mie of SewingLikeMad

So I think you’ll agree that all of these ladies did an incredible job. Huge thanks also go to my other testers Sara, Celina, Rita, Elsa, Alicia and Linda.

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