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Godet Back Tunic — Butterick 6981

Godet Back Tunic — Butterick 6981

Fluid and flattering knit tunic features a band across the lower front and a godet in the back. Perfect for transitional and warm weather wearing. Make in a knit with a 3/4 sleeve for spring and sleeveless for summer. Use one print or a solid color or a combination of prints or solids or both.
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Loungewear for All Occasions — Vogue 2019

Loungewear for All Occasions — Vogue 2019

When the Vogue design director suggested the theme ‘Loungewear’ for a pattern design, it stopped me for just a moment until I began to see all the potential for this on-trend category - a theme that can go from sleepwear to everyday casual to refined evening wear - all depending on the fabrics and the intention and attitude of the maker. The simple lines are designed to flatter a wide range of sizes, shapes and ages, and the sewing is easy.
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Cotton Kantha Shawl Vest — Vogue 1808 - Marcy Tilton Fabrics

Cotton Kantha Shawl Vest — Vogue 1808

 

My favorite kind of sewing is to wing it, making things up as I go - challenging and fun. I’ve been photographing our new collection of cotton kantha shawls, loving the soft feel and luminous - sometimes unexpected - color combinations.
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Kantha Hoodie — Butterick 6863 - Marcy Tilton Fabrics

Kantha Hoodie — Butterick 6863

B6863 is a new chic hoodie pattern designed for knits, and, it is oversized enough that with minor adjustments works in a woven fabric as well. When I saw all the wonderful new Kanthas at MarcyTilton.com I knew I had to make one up as a hoodie/jacket for myself. Please see the end of the blog for general notes when making the hoodie in a knit.
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The Symmetry Jacket & Vest — Vogue 1970 - Marcy Tilton Fabrics

The Symmetry Jacket & Vest — Vogue 1970

Dubbed ‘The Symmetry’ while developing the design, Vogue 1970, is a figure flattering princess-seamed jacket and vest designed to layer together. I always consider my own wardrobe needs when developing a pattern and this pair can be worn together or separately and will work in a range of fabrics across the seasons.

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Twinset — Vogue 1808 - Marcy Tilton Fabrics

Twinset — Vogue 1808

Vogue 1808 is a contemporary version of a classic twin set that layers together, works as separates and can be interpreted for all seasons. Make it in any knit jersey or light weight ponte. I used cotton/lycra and cotton/hemp/lycra for the versions on the pattern envelope.
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Remembering Betsy Ross - Marcy Tilton Fabrics

Remembering Betsy Ross

As America celebrates freedom this week, it’s important to remember the role that women played. From seamstresses to spies, the fight for freedom was fueled in no small part by the efforts of a generation of women who were still considered their husband's property under the law.
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Wardrobe Trio: Jacket, Tunic, Soft Pant — Vogue 1959

Wardrobe Trio: Jacket, Tunic, Soft Pant — Vogue 1959

Shown on the pattern envelope in summery eyelet and linen, this versatile wardrobe design can also be interpreted for any season, dressed up or down and have the option of using knits or woven fabrics. The pieces are designed to layer together as well as to stand separately each one on its own. I kitchen tested all the pieces while working on the pattern - luckily had a long lead time with time in my studio to play and experiment.
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The Felicity Dress — Vogue 1694

The Felicity Dress — Vogue 1694

When Vogue 1694, was being developed, it was the end of a long hot summer and my goal was to design a versatile warm weather dress. Named for a friend, the Felicity can be made either with sleeves or sleeveless, and features flattering lines that can be adapted to different fabrics in a style to dress up or down.

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The American Beauty Shirt — Butterick 6771

The American Beauty Shirt — Butterick 6771

Such a good thing when the fabric tells you what it wants. American Beauty Italian Cotton Woven did that even before I decided I wanted to use it for a shirt. So many design possibilities, so much fun to play with. Three different stripes arriving from three different angles in three different colors along with that beautiful bouquet of roses was just too fabulous to miss.
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Black Handkerchief Linen Shirt — The Ellsworth Shirt

Black Handkerchief Linen Shirt — The Ellsworth Shirt

This is a simple, flattering shirt that I will wear all summer. The pattern itself runs larger than I wanted so I cut this version smaller and longer, while simplifying and lengthening the sleeves.
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T-Shirts in Bold Prints — Vogue 1733

T-Shirts in Bold Prints — Vogue 1733

In my life I can never have too many knit t-shirt/tunic tops, they make up the backbone of my closet, and I love both the planning and the making. Katherine and I have these kinds of garments in mind when we choose the designs and color ways for our French digital collection.
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Color Blocked Shirt — Butterick 6771

Color Blocked Shirt — Butterick 6771

Butterick 6771 is the perfect shirt for color blocking and pattern play. The front has four pattern pieces of varying sizes which works really well for creative play. I’ve made many versions of this pattern and I’m always learning as I go.
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Curves Coat — Butterick 6919

Curves Coat — Butterick 6919

This is my happy coat. Every time I put it on I smile. My version that I took to Paris is made from Cast Iron Charcoal Stretch Rainwear. Too bad it only rained one day! The luck of good weather. I love the way it goes over everything and dresses up even the most casual pair of jeans.
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The Moto Jacket — Vogue 1925

The Moto Jacket — Vogue 1925

The studio working name for Vogue 1925 is the Moto Jacket, a lightly fitted jacket with optional hood or collar, flattering princess seams in two lengths (24 ¾” and 27 ¾”), separating zipper and easy to sew inseam faux welt pockets. This flattering jacket skims the figure yet has enough ease to slide over a top, t-shirt or shirt.
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Tips for Matching Plaids and Checks

Tips for Matching Plaids and Checks

Plaids take a bit more time in the cutting, and more care in the stitching, but the final result is well worth it.
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Indigo Jean Jacket — Butterick 6719

Indigo Jean Jacket — Butterick 6719

Blue is a classic color for a jean jacket and at MarcyTilton.com we have a stunning new collection in harmonious shades of indigo blue in luscious hand-dyed and hand-woven fabrics from India from a mill that produces fabrics for Donna Karan and Eileen Fisher. Takes at least 6 months from the time we place the order to receive the fabric. The jacket has a soft, supple, pliable feel, almost like a sweater thanks to these delicious fabrics!
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The Frenchy Shirt - Vogue 1899

The Frenchy Shirt - Vogue 1899

We fondly refer to this shirt as The Frenchy Shirt because it evokes men’s shirts seen in Paris that combine different prints while having the dressmaker details seen in women’s blouses from the ’30’s and ‘40s which I saw in Parisian vintage shops.
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A New Season of Tana Lawn Cottons from Liberty of London

A New Season of Tana Lawn Cottons from Liberty of London

Marcy Tilton introduces her curated collection for the latest prints from the fabled Liberty of London on their trademarked Italian-milled Tana Lawn cotton plus a version of her popular designer from V1899 from Vogue Patterns made by mixing Liberty prints.
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Mesh Cardi — Vogue 8975

Mesh Cardi — Vogue 8975

One garment I collect and know I will wear again and again is a summer shrug or cardigan to wear over sleeveless tops, tunics and dresses on hot days. I cannot pinpoint the exact moment in my life when I realized that my days of wearing sleeveless clothes was over, but that is when I started to seek alternatives to sleeveless garments. A sheer shrug or cardigan is a perfect solution. V8975 has simple flattering lines, is fluid and drapey, can be worn open or tied closed, and both the style and the fabric allow the air to move.

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