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.