17 January 2018

Your Makes!

Tilly and the Buttons – Your Makes

Hi everyone, Katie here! January is the perfect time for a bit of inspiration to kick start your sewing year, and my goodness do I have some beautiful makes to share with you! Your makes over the past few months, as always, have blown us away, and I’m so excited for you to see all these fabulous creations. So without further ado let’s get started!

Over the festive period we saw so many of you use our tutorials to sew up treats for yourselves and your loved ones, it was fabulous! DesireĆ© made the sweetest version of our Fifi eye mask - very Breakfast at Tiffany’s! - and Susanna snuggled up with her gorgeous version of our Slipper Boots. Both these tutorials and many more can be found for free on our blog!

Tilly and the Buttons – Your Makes

You can’t get much cuter than Andromeda in her Arielle, which she wore to Disneybound as Rapunzel. We’re sure she was the best dressed at the park! We’re also loving Ruth's almost ombre Arielle made with Harris Tweed, perfect for the current cold snap.

Tilly and the Buttons – Your Makes

10 January 2018

How to Sew Balanced Darts

How to sew balanced darts - a great way of reducing bulk in darts - Tilly and the Buttons


Have you ever sewn darts that come out a touch bulky and unsightly, no matter how much you steam them into submission? This can be a problem when sewing thicker fabrics in particular. Vanessa here with a super simple couture dressmaking technique that will “balance” out the layers of fabric to get a beautifully smooth finish on your darts, even on the thickest of fabrics.

You can use this technique on any fitted garment made from medium to heavy-weight fabrics such as our Etta dress, jackets, skirts or trousers. It works by stitching a folded swatch of fabric to one side of your dart and pressing it in the opposite direction to “counter-balance” the centre line.

It feels like it shouldn’t work – adding fabric to make something less bulky? But it does!

Practise the technique on a sample first, then move onto your dress.

How to sew balanced darts - a great way of reducing bulk in darts - Tilly and the Buttons

3 January 2018

Adventures in Baby Clothesmaking

Adventures in Baby Clothes Making - Tilly and the Buttons

My little boy was born last September, and I took advantage of the two weeks spent waiting past his due date to sew up some cute little clothes for him. And I'm so glad I did, as I can't see much sewing time in my near future, hehe :)

I downloaded three PDF patterns from Brindille and Twig, a company I stumbled upon on Instagram - the one piece, raglan tee and cuff leggings. They sew up so quickly, I got a little bit carried away and ended up making... erm... eleven pieces!

Adventures in Baby Clothes Making - Tilly and the Buttons

28 December 2017

Ten Favourite Posts of 2017

How to sew a mitred corner - Tilly and the Buttons

I love this time of year, when we get to slow down, take stock and look back at what we've done over the past twelve months. We've shared lots of juicy posts with you on the blog this year, from sewing tips and tricks, through free patterns, to peeks behind the scenes at Tilly and the Buttons HQ. Here are ten favourite posts from 2017...

How to sew a mitred corner - Tilly and the Buttons
How to sew a mitred corner - Tilly and the Buttons

How to sew a mitred corner


Create a lovely neat finish on exposed corners, such as blouse hems, napkins and the kick pleat on the Etta wiggle dress.