22 November 2017

Black Friday Sale - 25% off!

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It's time for our biggest sale of the year! Grab a bargain in our Black Friday sale with a massive 25% off our printed and digital sewing patterns - woohoo!

Stock up on Christmas presents for crafty friends or treat yourself.

Visit the shop and enter code FRIYAY at checkout
Offer ends Monday 27 November midnight GMT

Go forth and shop! xxx

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The discount code is not valid on pattern bundles, sewing kits, books, buckles or online workshops. 25% discount ends Monday 27 November 2017 at midnight GMT.

15 November 2017

Your Makes!

Tilly and the Buttons – Your Makes

Hi Sewing Friends! It’s Katie again with another wonderful roundup of your beautiful makes! Now that the weather is getting well and truly chilly you’ve been showing off your snuggly Autumn/Winter makes on social media and we love it! Thank you as always for sharing, you continue to blow us away with your sewing skills. Let me show you a few of our recent faves!

Isn’t the embroidered bird detail on Sofie's Rosa shirt just the icing on the cake? It’s the perfect finishing touch to a beautiful make. Jen’s triple denim Rosa is a vision! It really is a show stopper.

Tilly and the Buttons – Your Makes

Who doesn’t love an Autumnal Cleo? Laura’s scarlet version is perfect for this time of year, no wonder she looks so happy frocking in the woods in it! Mel’s stunning green Cleo looks scrumptious, and check out those topstitching skills!

Tilly and the Buttons – Your Makes



I love Joy’s Francoise, doesn’t she look like a modern day Alice in Wonderland? And if you’re craving plaids and tartans for this time of year - I know I am! - then Sophy’s Francoise can’t help but inspire you.

8 November 2017

How to Make a Padded Coat Hang


So you’ve poured your heart and soul into your handmade dress, snipped the final thread, heaved a satisfied sigh, squealed with delighted pride…and then promptly hung it up on a natty wire coat hanger!

If this sounds like you, consider giving your dressmaking projects the badge of honour they deserve by whipping up one of these beautiful, silky, padded coat hangers. Vanessa here today, with the steps to show you how. I was inspired to make this hanger for my Etta dress - far too special for a regular hanger!

Not only do these hangers protect your delicate clothes from the lumps, bumps and indents that wooden and wire hangers can make, but they also allow you to channel your inner 1950s boudoir goddess, (or “inner Nana” as Tilly says, but let’s ignore her!).



1 November 2017

2017 Christmas gift guide!

Tilly and the Buttons crafty Christmas gift guide 2017!
Hello Sailor Heavy Interlock fabric from Tilly and the Buttons from £8.50
Pink Dressmaker Shears 8" from Ernest Wright and Son £40

Christmas is fast approaching which means it's time for mince pies, decorations, and presents! Do you know what you're getting for your crafty friends? Browse our top selection of gorgeous gifts and stocking fillers for your nearest and dearest. Don't forget to treat yourself too :)

Tilly and the Buttons crafty Christmas gift guide 2017!
17-Month Agenda - No Bad Days from Ban.do $28
Etta Dress Kit from Tilly and the Buttons from £45

25 October 2017

Sewing Space Tours... Hayley's Girly HQ!

Sewing Space Tours... Hayley's Girly HQ!
Sewing Space Tours... Hayley's Girly HQ!

Today is a good day - it's a Sewing Space Tour kinda day! Today's creative sewist, who has allowed us a look around where the crafting magic happens, sends out boxes full of sewing goodies to lucky recipients around the UK. Let's hear more from the lady herself...

Hey! Welcome to my little sewing room!

I’m Hayley and you can find me here most days either working on my sewing subscription box company SewHayleyJane, which involves planning each box, vlogging, blogging, writing emails, posting to Instagram... or sewing!! Working in this little space definitely makes it very enjoyable. I live near Winchester in Hampshire with my husband Andy, but due to renting our house, it’s a pet-free zone. As soon as we moved in, this room had my name on it as my sewing and craft room, and I’m very lucky to have a dedicated space where I can be as girly as I like, and cover the walls with bunting and fairy lights!

Sewing Space Tours... Hayley's Girly HQ!

18 October 2017

How to Add In-Seam Pockets to a Garment

How to add in-seam pockets to a dress, skirt or trousers - Tilly and the Buttons

Hands up if you love clothes with pockets? Show me a DIY dressmaker who doesn’t!

What if the pattern you’re making doesn’t include pockets? No problemo – as well as topstitching patch pockets to the outside of a skirt, it’s easy to add in-seam (hidden) pockets to dresses, trousers, skirts and more. Today I’m going to show you how to do so - give this a whirl on the Bettine dress or Dominique skirt. Oh and you can download our pocket pattern piece for free!


Open the pattern in Adobe Reader (you can download it for free) and print the pattern piece actual size / 100% scale on A4 or Letter size paper.

Insert these pockets into your homemade garment before you start sewing the pieces together. Decide where you want the pockets to sit – hold up the front fabric piece to your body, imagine putting your hands in the pockets, and mark with pins where the top of the pocket openings will fall on the side seams. Mark the same position on the back fabric piece – let’s say it’s a skirt for the rest of this tutorial, but it could be a dress, the skirt part of a dress, trouser legs…

The sides of our pocket pattern are straight – if you’re making something that has a curved side seam, simply curve the side seam on the pocket pattern to fit your garment.

How to add in-seam pockets to a dress, skirt or trousers - Tilly and the Buttons

11 October 2017

Your Makes!

Tilly and the Buttons – Your Makes

Hello there friends! It’s Katie here, the newest member of the Tilly and the Buttons team, ready to show your latest creations some love! I must say I’m super inspired by all of your stunning makes of our sewing patterns from the past few months. You all make me want to run to my sewing machine pronto! But without further ado, bring on the sewing loveliness!

We were thrilled to see Anna’s maternity Bettine dress,  doesn’t it look perfect for her pregnancy photoshoot? We're also swooning over the beautiful floral fabric that Anna used for her Bettine dress.

Tilly and the Buttons – Your Makes

We have more floral love for Ginny’s Arielle! Isn’t this tropical print wonderful? If wild prints are not your thing, Ellie shows us that Arielle looks just as good in classic denim, plus she gets extra points of pairing it with stripes (one of our fave styles!)

Tilly and the Buttons – Your Makes

Cleo fever is still taking over our Instagram and we can’t get enough of your makes! We particularly love Liz’s cute Dino print Cleo and the stunning topstitching on Reana’s.

4 October 2017

Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress

Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons

Following on from the popularity of our post on hacks for the Bettine dress, I thought it high time we shared some of the amazing design variations you’ve been making to the Cleo dungaree dress! One of our most popular sewing patterns, Cleo is quick to make and easy to wear. How about trying out one of these design hacks next time you make it?

Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons
Five Design Hacks for the Cleo Dungaree Dress - Tilly and the Buttons

1) Button front panel

Inspired by dungaree dresses spotted on the high street, Abi added a button down opening to the front of her dungaree dress. I love this style – so seventies! Want to make one just like it? You’re in luck, as she’s shared a tutorial on how she did it.

27 September 2017

Behind The Scenes at the Shows

Tilly and the Buttons: Shows Update!

Tilly and the Buttons recently exhibited at not one, but two shows here in London town. Lexy here, to give you a peek behind the scenes, and tell you more about them!

First up, we were at The Handmade Fair. This was our third time exhibiting at this event, and it's one that we always look forward to, as it's always such fun to meet so many lovely crafters... and there's the alluring promise of prosecco at the end of a long day!

Tilly and the Buttons: Shows Update!

Jo and I had a fantastic time greeting visitors to the show, Jo wearing her Bettine dress and I in my Etta dress (also known as Favourite Dress Ever).

Tilly and the Buttons: Shows Update!

20 September 2017

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

Hello! Lexy here, to bring you another lovely Sewing Space, where a crafter show us around their creative area. Today we have a sweet space in South Wales, belonging to a dressmakers who has an enviable 60s style handmade wardrobe - we love seeing her makes on Instagram. Let's hear more from the lady herself...

Hello! I’m Jade, welcome to my little sewing sanctuary in sunny South Wales. I am relatively new to the realms of dressmaking and have only really been getting to know my way around a sewing machine for the past three years. By day I work in an office-based role in Bristol but by night can be found in my little sewing haven, musing over my next big make.

Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!
Sewing Space Tours... Jade's Kitsch Haven!

I have always been a creative individual and have enjoyed crafting from a young age. At university I studied Graphic Design, which instilled my admiration of beautiful craftsmanship and contemporary design. There was a time when I believed my love for fashion and textiles would be limited to high street trending ready-to-wear garments. Learning of the wonderful indie sewing makers movement really changed all of this for me and after pouring over many inspirational sewing blogs (including Tilly and the Buttons!), I wanted in! In the beginning I attended a brilliant beginners dressmaking class and learnt basic skills and techniques but soon realised that if I was going to take the next step I’d need to make some room at home to build upon these skills!

13 September 2017

Perfect Coco Fabric is Here!

Perfect Coco Fabric is here!

It's no secret here at Tilly Towers that we have been on a quest for perfect, soft, snuggly ponte fabric with which to make our popular Coco sewing pattern. Coco requires a medium weight knit fabric with very little stretch. You wouldn't want anything too thin, or with a huge amount of stretch, as you want your finished creation to hold its shape, rather than cling to you.

Perfect Coco Fabric is here!

Team Tilly is also MASSIVELY stripe obsessed (I write this whilst sporting one of many Breton tops!), and we're not alone in our stripe love! We've seen so many gorgeous Coco dresses and tops stitched up in the perennially chic stripe, but kept hearing from you lovely sewists that finding a good quality, knitted ponte was proving a challenge...

Perfect Coco Fabric is here!

...and then Tilly had a brainwave - let's create our own! Et voilà, you see before you the fruits of our labour. Wanting nothing but the best, we designed and commissioned this limited run of Hello Sailor! Navy Stripes on White and Hello Sailor! Red Stripes on White fabric in gorgeously heavy cotton interlock, and the stripes are actually knitted as part of the fabric, rather than just being printed on - so there's no fear of them rubbing off, or quickly fading away!

6 September 2017

Love at First Stitch - Finalement en français!

Couture pour les grandes debutantes - Tilly and the Buttons
Great news for French readers - my book Love at First Stitch is now en français! You can order Couture pour les grandes débutantes from Amazon.fr.

From the outset I've been dreaming of seeing the book in French, and it has finally found a publisher in Editions Marie Claire. Hooray! 

Couture pour les grandes debutantes - Tilly and the Buttons

30 August 2017

Photo Shoot Outtakes!

Outtakes from our maternity photo shoot! - Tilly and the Buttons
Outtakes from our maternity photo shoot! - Tilly and the Buttons

Thank you so much for the love for our maternity sewing patterns! It turns out I'm not the only one who's struggled to find maternity clothes in the shops... It's great that we can take matters into our own hands and make a baby mama wardrobe that we love :)

By the time this is published, I'll be on maternity leave. While I'm gone, I thought I'd share some outtakes from our maternity pattern photo shoot. I was 34 weeks pregnant when we shot these pics - I kinda wish we'd done them earlier as I felt enormous!! Plus I had various pregnancy symptoms to contend with. At least we could have a bit of a giggle snapping some shots showing the reality of being pregnant, such as...

23 August 2017

A trick for turning narrow loops

A trick for turning narrow loops, waist ties, drawstrings and straps - Tilly and the Buttons

Ever sewn a drawstring, button loop, waist tie, narrow strap, or other teeny tube before wondering how on Earth you're going to turn it right sides out?

I've shared in a previous post how to turn out narrow tubes or loops using a bodkin or a dedicated loop turner. Here's another way of doing it, using just the thread on your sewing machine. You can use this method to make the drawstrings on the Maternity Agnes top and the waist tie on the Maternity Bettine dress.

It begins before you've started sewing the fabric strip into a tube...

A trick for turning narrow loops, waist ties, drawstrings and straps - Tilly and the Buttons

Start by pulling out the bobbin and spool threads on your sewing machine, so you have about 5cm (2in) or so more than the length of the strip you're sewing together.

17 August 2017

Introducing Sewing Patterns for Mamas-to-Be!

Maternity and nursing Bettine sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons
Maternity Agnes sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

Exciting news for stitchers with a bun in the oven – we’ve created two maternity sewing patterns!

Currently pregnant while writing this, I (Tilly) have struggled to buy maternity clothes in the shops. Brands with maternity lines are few and far between, and when you do find a store that stocks them, the range is disappointingly limited, the colours bland, and finding the right size is near impossible!

So I decided we should develop a couple of patterns with multiple variations so you (and I!) can build a stylish wardrobe to show off your bump. They’re based on our popular Bettine and Agnes patterns, redrafted for a curvalicious pregnant shape and size, and redesigned with the needs of baby mamas in mind.

Maternity and nursing Bettine sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons
Maternity Agnes sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

Crucially, these patterns are:
  • Comfortable to wear – essential when you’re growing a little one and have enough aches and pains to deal with, amirite?
  • Quick and easy to make – so you can get on with curating your nursery Pinspiration board!
  • Versatile – multiple variations mean you can get a wardrobe full of garments out of each pattern
  • Easy fitting – to accommodate a range of bump shapes, and to continue to fit you as you grow

OR SAVE MONEY WITH THE MAMA-TO-BE BUNDLE!

9 August 2017

5 Tips for Achieving Your Goals

5 Tips for Achieving Your Goals - Tilly and the Buttons

It’s a wonderful feeling to finally finish a big creative project. I’ve just submitted my second book, and juggling that alongside running a business (and growing a baby with the appointments, admin and ailments that this entails) has been a mission – but ultimately very rewarding. More and more crafters are starting a business, maintaining a vlog, writing a book or embarking on some other big project – often alongside a day job, kids or other commitments – so perhaps you know the feeling?

Today I thought I’d share a few tips on how I stay on track, both with my business and big creative projects such as writing a book, in order to achieve my goals. I’d love to hear your own thoughts in the comments too.

5 Tips for Achieving Your Goals - Tilly and the Buttons

2 August 2017

Behind the Scenes... Book 2 Progress

Behind the scenes on Tilly's second book

Hoooraaaaayyy! I've finished writing my second book!

It's been a ton of work, but everything has gone really well and I couldn't be more pleased with how it's turning out. All that's left to do now is proofing and planning the release. I'm soooo excited to share it with you when it's published next Spring!

In the meantime, I thought I'd give you some peeks behind the scenes at the recent garment photo shoots - the final three days of photography after the seven instructions shoots. For the garment shoots, we used the same photographer as my first book, Ellie Smith, and were back in the same studio in Bethnal Green that we used three years ago. It felt a bit like a déjà vu - but in a good way!

Behind the scenes on Tilly's second bookBehind the scenes on Tilly's second book
Behind the scenes on Tilly's second book

28 July 2017

When we say Summer, you say Sale!

Tilly and the Buttons Summer Sale!

The sun is out, and our sewing machines are whirring away as we're itching for a whole new summer wardrobe... and because we thought other people might be in the same boat, we thought we'd give you 20% off sewing patterns and kits! 

Enter code SUMMERSALE at checkout 
20% off ends Sunday 6 August midnight GMT

The discount code is not valid on pattern bundles, books, dungaree buckles, gift vouchers or online workshops. 20% discount ends Sunday 6 August 2017 midnight GMT.

Tilly and the Buttons Summer Sale!