7 June 2017

Behind the Scenes...

Behind the scenes at Tilly and the Buttons HQ

It's been a little while since we took you behind the scenes at Tilly and the Buttons HQ, so today I thought I'd share a few snap shots of what we've been up to. Please excuse the mess - the studio gets in such a state when we're busy!!

Behind the scenes at Tilly and the Buttons HQ
Behind the scenes at Tilly and the Buttons HQ

As well as working on my next book, we've also spent much of the first half of this year developing the Etta sewing pattern and online dressmaking workshop. Our pattern cutter Vanessa managed to stay sane while making toile after toile and tweaking the fit. The dress has so many darts - which is what gives it such a lovely shape!

Behind the scenes at Tilly and the Buttons HQ

The most fun stage of the pattern development process is the photo shoots. While our set up may not look like much, our photographer Fanni always does such a great job of making the photos in our instructions booklets look amazing. Behold...

Behind the scenes at Tilly and the Buttons HQ
Behind the scenes at Tilly and the Buttons HQ

And then there's the model shoot, of course. Our gorgeous model for the Etta pattern, Vissolela, was such a babe. I screamed so much during this lemons dress shoot - soooooo perfect. (Take a look at the finished shots if you haven't seen them.) 

As well as directing the shoot, my other jobs on the day include buying "the spread" (our traditional shoot buffet - mostly cheese-based products) and holding up light reflectors when needed - looking most unglamorous next to our models (see top photo!!).

Behind the scenes at Tilly and the Buttons HQ
Behind the scenes at Tilly and the Buttons HQ

I did get in front of the camera to film our video workshop, Sew Your Own Knockout Dress. After weeks of planning and scripting, we shoot workshops in three extremely intense days using a brilliant professional filmmaker, Lara. She then spends a few weeks editing the lessons into the fun videos you'll see when you sign up to one of the classes.

Behind the scenes at Tilly and the Buttons HQ

In January, our team welcomed a new part time Studio Assistant, Louise. She loves sewing with our patterns and is regularly sporting beautiful handmade clothes - like this teal denim Cleo dress, made with one of our sewing kits. If you order something from our shop, it's usually Louise who has packed and sent out your parcel.

Behind the scenes at Tilly and the Buttons HQ
Behind the scenes at Tilly and the Buttons HQ

In February and March, we exhibited at three shows in quick succession - CHSI Stitches trade show in Birmingham, Knitting and Stitching retail show (ie. open to the public) in London and H+H trade show in Cologne. It's always so lovely to spend time talking to our customers face-to-face. Even though it's tiring planning, setting up, selling at and breaking down a show, I always feel energised afterwards, with fresh ideas and motivation. Here I am with the lovely Rumana (who you may recognise from the Sewing Bee) and Emily (wearing a kitty pocket Cleo dress - eep!).

Behind the scenes at Tilly and the Buttons HQ

And last but not least, over the last six months I've also been working on my greatest make to date - a little person! If you follow me on Instagram you may know that I have lost two babies before, so it's been a tough few months full of extreme anxiety. But now I'm in my third trimester the fear is beginning to ease and I'm hoping to meet my little boy in September :)

This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago on a mini babymoon to Venice. You know when people say Venice is overrated? It's not!!! It's the most beautiful city I've ever seen!

Thanks for letting me share what we've been up to. Now it's back to work!

17 comments:

  1. Congratulations Tilly! You look absolutely beautiful in that last photo. All the best for baby, sending you nothing but positive thoughts over the next few months xx

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  2. Congratulations Tilly! You're going to be an awesome mama. I went through a miscarriage before having my daughter back in December, and I remember how scary those first few months were. Sending you good vibes in the final stretch <3

    Jacqui

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    1. Jacqui, I'm so sorry for your loss. And so happy to see you have a beautiful little girl - congratulations x

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  3. Absolutely thrilled you you!

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  4. Ohhhhhh Tilly that's great news, congratulations !!!! I am so pleased for you !!!

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  5. Really interesting getting a look behind the scenes. SUCH great news on your bump and YAY for Venice, I ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’– it there and can't wait to go back when I'm up and about again (ruptured my Achilles in March and its a loooooooong recovery road!)

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  6. So glad for you!!!! You look beautiful in this striped dress:-)
    Xx, Kirsten

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  7. Congratulations! I don't need a maternity dress right now, but red and white plus stripes equals dress envy. You look beautiful!

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  8. wow!!! What a wonderful news!! Congratulations!!! you look gorgeous!!!

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  9. Congratulations Tilly. Enjoy your pregnancy it's such a special time. Thanks for the fab patterns & tutorials and after all your hard work taking care of us newbie dressmakers it's time to take care of yourself. Good luck & enjoy your new family. X

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    1. Aw thanks Tracy - you're so sweet :) xx

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  10. Congrats๐Ÿค— You look awsome;)

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  11. Congratulations for happy news that you are expecting a baby boy Tilly that is wonderful news and I am so pleased for you :-)


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