Love At First Stitch Goes Walkabout

St Pauls Cathedral

Hey, Karen! Have you seen the awesome London skyline behind you?

Um, can you stop interrupting me, please? That’s, like, really rude and I’ve just got to the bit where Tilly shows us how to make a Brigitte Scarf.

On Balcony

Yeah, but it’s such a lovely day and…

Seriously. I. Am. READING?

Okay, okay! Hey, let’s go and check out the Tate Modern. 

Modern Art

Modern art! That’s way cool. Can you see how the artist totally worked for years to make sure his canvas had the same colour scheme as Tilly’s front cover? Now, that’s genius.

Yeah, um, I’m not sure that the artist really meant to…

Zip it, mushroom! Chapter seven’s all about how to customise the Lilou Dress. Hey, here’s someone who’ll appreciate what I’m talking about.

Sharing The BookSo, what happens is you put your needle through the fabric, and then you bring it out a bit further along and that’s called a stitch!


I know! Hey, here’s someone else who looks interested.

Sharing The Book ii

And then what you do, you find The Man Outside Sainsburys…

Er, Karen? He’s gone. He was on his lunch hour and had to get back to work.

Sigh. Guess I’ll just have to keep reading this on my own.

St PaulsSo, you don’t need me to give you a blow-by-blow account of this book. Tilly’s kindly provided loads of details and there is a seven-stop blog tour going on this week. You’ll find out everything you need. Here are the details I’ll share:

  • It’s beautiful.
  • Thankfully, the transition from blog to book hasn’t seen Tilly’s personality bleached out of the process. If you’re a loyal follower of her blog, you’ll recognise the author behind this 192-page book with sewing tips, multi-scale patterns and a mission to bring sewing to the masses.
  • I nearly missed my stop on my commute home, reading this.
  • It makes the perfect coffee table accompaniment. So often, I have picked this up to just – you know! – read.

Coffee Table Book

This is a great book and testament to the rise and rise of sewing in popular culture, as also evidenced by Me Made May’s recent coverage in The Guardian. The world is cottoning on to how great sewing is. There’s only one last thing any of us can do to help this ground swell of opinion – read this book in public. Go on, I dare you. You might even make some new friends!

The rest of the blog tour takes in What Katie Sews, A Stitching Odyssey, Handmade Jane and Lazy Stitching. It has already been reviewed by Love Sewing and House of Pinheiro.

So, are you buying this book and what are you gonna make?

I am wearing my Tilly’s Mathilde Blouse En Rouge and my wool and leather mash up of Vogue 1247.

Coffee Table Book ii

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33 Responses to Love At First Stitch Goes Walkabout

  1. Chris says:

    What a congenial review! I want to both buy the book and take a trip to London now!

  2. Jane says:

    Fab review and I like a woman who uses the phrase ‘cottoning on.’ I always attract blank stares whenever I say that! x

  3. sylkotwist says:

    A perfect post Karen, brings a smile to my happy sewing face!

  4. ingrid says:

    Love your review, smart and funny !

  5. Great review, I loved the pics with the friends you made!

  6. It’s on my Christmas list!

  7. Another great post Karen

  8. Love the style of review! This book is on my birthday list

  9. Haha! You crack me up! The people you found to pose with just happened to be two muscley men?! Haha!
    So excited for Tilly!

    • Their muscles are a total coincidence. I don’t know what you’re talking about! (I have to say that. The Man Outside Sainsburys might get jealous otherwise.)

  10. Fee says:

    Eagerly awaiting my copy !!

  11. katie says:

    Hilarious photos! Especially the art gallery one. Best review ever. How do I follow this..?

  12. Zoë B says:

    Great post!
    I treated myself to this yesterday so as soon as it’s out hurry up Mr Postman! I like the look of the Lilou dress 🙂

  13. Tamsin W-P says:

    What a great post Karen! What did the guys make of the book? I hope they were facinated! Did you know that the blue and yellow painting was there or was that a coincidence too?!

  14. Ha ha, great review, this book is definately on my wishlist now.

  15. Regina says:

    Fantastic post Karen! I am putting the book on my Wish List.

  16. Clever and a wonderful review. I’ll be heading to the bookshop tomorrow, hopefully I will not have to use my muscles to get a copy of it 😉 because the outcome will be pretty poor!

  17. Elena says:

    Ahh Karen, this really made me laugh! Thank you! And the book does indeed look awesome, I’ll be adding it to my wishlist today.

  18. I love the way the book is presented and the full scale patterns. Can’t wait to get hold of it.

  19. You look like you had so much fun putting this review together. 🙂 I wasn’t planning on looking at another beginning sewing book, but now I will have to check it out. So there’s effective advertising for you!

  20. gingermakes says:

    Um… is every fella in your neighborhood as hunky as these two?! If so, I’m booking my flight stat! Sorry, Man Friend!

  21. I’m jealous, lol. Can’t wait to get a copy of the book.

  22. Karen! I love your photos! I’ve been to all of these places when I went to London. I just showed my fiance what he’ll see when we go at the end of the month.

    Tilly’s book looks lovely, I can’t wait to have my hands on it!

  23. Love this post.. What was you doing stopping all the guys on there lunch break?? LOL.. Book looks great. So you recommend then?

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  25. I made it!! says:

    Clever review! I would love to get my hands on a copy of that! I’ll have to check it out!

  26. HAHA great stuff, Karen. Reminds me of your series of being photographed in your makes with Random Strangers, which I thoroughly enjoyed!

  27. I agree with those above, this was such I cute and clever review, I loved it! The book looks good too … wonderful for Tilly!

  28. gneepy says:

    The look on the face of the second guy is priceless. Thank you, you made my day!

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  30. You must be so much fun. Thx for the smiles that made my day. 🙂

  31. Sew easy says:

    What an amazing review ! I think you convinced me to order this book full of promise ! I had so much fun sewing the Miette skirt.
    Thanks for your sense of humour, so british and so good 🙂

  32. sassy02 says:

    loved the way you did your review, now I know I want the book, too! 🙂

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