Friday, 19 August 2011

PJ bottoms and Tilda books

Since I am a huge Tilda fan, decided it was high time that I made myself a Tilda Angel to adorn my newly kitted out walk-in wardrobe.  As if it wasn't already girly enough, I just think I need a pretty little angel to watch over my clothes, make up and jewellery when I'm not there! 

There are many to choose from, but I particularly liked this one on the left with the sewn on bodice, skirt and cute leggings underneath!  As you can see from the body parts, I'm almost at the stuffing stage.

As you can see, she's a leggy lady and is going to end up far bigger than I realised (I've previously made the Tilda cat and bunny which are both about half the length of this angel!) Oops, that'll teach me to check first.  I'm looking forward to making her pretty leggings and skirt and embellishing them with some very girly lacy bits.

Have any of you got your hands on a copy of the new Tilda book - Tilda's Studio?  Mine was waiting for me on my return from work on Tuesday. If you like the Tilda angels, there are many new outfits - all equally gorgeous!

If I had a Barbie loving little girl I'm sure all of these pretty outfit patterns would come in very useful.  (If you haven't seen the series of these books, clothes include - dresses, trousers, dungarees, jackets, dressing gowns, 'Jane Austin' dresses, etc)  They're all for the angels, but with a bit of 'tweaking' I'm sure they could be made to fit a favourite doll. 

I can't help but feel that this latest book is somewhat lacking in new ideas.  I go back to Sew Pretty Homestyle and Sew Sunny Homestyle all the time when I'm looking for inspiration, and I always find it.  I'm not sure if Tilda's Studio will have the same effect.  There were only a couple of projects in this book that I know I'll end up making -

Very well dressed little elephants!

And an equally cute giraffe. 

To be honest, there wasn't much else in the book that screamed 'make me!' 

On an entirely different note, I have had the urge to make some trousers for my toddler.  I thought it might be easier to start with pyjama trousers, that way if they don't turn out quite right no-one but us will see them!  I knew the car fabric I got from IKEA a few weeks ago would make perfect pj bottoms.  I did a bit of research online and read through a few different tutorials - who knew there were so many different ways to make trousers!?  I ended up using techniques from a few different tutorials. I used an existing pair of his trousers as a template, sewed them up, and hey presto! Some cute pj bottoms -

These were really simple, and with an elasticated waist and huge hem, they should last for a good while.  Since the fabric was about £5 for 3 metres, these trousers have ended up costing about...40p!

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  1. I have a bunch of the Tilda books, but so far haven't made anything, perhaps I should! Those PJ bottoms look great, and at only 40p! wow

  2. Thanks for introducing me to this wonderful series of books. I have never seen or heard of them before. does have a couple and I have put them on my wish list.

  3. Just got the new Tilda book. Haven't opened it yet. I am saving it for reading later on today at the lake. I have all her books. Love them all, (for the photos alone). I have actually made several Tilda projects. Those PJ bottoms are darling, and the price was definitely right. Cheers!

  4. My wee boy would just love those jammies - I feel another trip to Ikea coming on.

  5. I love the pajama bottoms! Pajamas for my little guy were the first ever item of clothing I've ever made... I should start on the second some time soon! ;)

  6. What cute jammies for your little one!! My 3 yr old would give them a try;)

  7. Hello, Just discovered your blog. I love the tilda angel idea and the PJ's are cute.

    Leah x

  8. Your angel is going to be beautiful. I've been put off buying the new book as I have a couple of her books and although I love them, I can't help thinking they're a bit "samey". The elephants and giraffe are cute though!

  9. You made tremendous great ideas here. I wanted to thank you for this excellent read!! I definitely loved every little bit of it.


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