ABOUT


Hello! I’m Tilly. I create modern, user-friendly guides to sewing your own clothes for the new wave of DIY dressmakers.

With refreshingly clear, jargon-busting instructions and photos showing you each step of the process, my blog tutorials, sewing patterns and forthcoming book help you create gorgeous clothes that you’ll be proud to say you made yourself. Making your clothes yourself is so much more fun and fulfilling than buying them!


How this all began...
A few years ago, I was sitting in an office when I had a sudden and overwhelming urge to make something.

So, on a whim, I learnt to sew, and fell head over heels in love. Sewing helped me revive my childhood passion for making stuff and empowered me to take control of what I wear. It quickly became an obsession - I hoovered up information from the internet, later on consolidating this knowledge through training in professional sewing and pattern cutting at the London College of Fashion.

When I started sewing I didn't know anyone who shared my passion, so I began this blog and became part of a wonderful virtual sewing circle of people who generously share their knowledge and spur each other on to keep creating. My hope was - and still is - to inspire other people to discover the joy of dressmaking, to rediscover the pleasure of making things with our own hands, to take control of our own style and to adopt a more mindful approach to fashion consumption.

People kept telling me they would love to make their own clothes too but they didn’t know where to start, and that the jargon and conventions of traditional sewing resources left them confused and discouraged. So, combining my passion for making clothes with my professional background in designing courses, I set out to rethink the learning experience for the new wave of DIY dressmakers to make it fun and fulfilling. My sewing guides and patterns are written in plain English, they show each step in photos, they explain those little things that can really throw you as a beginner, and it's all stirred together with a hearty dose of encouragement.

I've been featured in the likes of The Guardian and The New York Times, taught sewing workshops around London, been named “Best for DIY Fashion” by Channel 4, given talks for the likes of Folksy and Enterprise Nation, sewn on telly in BBC2’s The Great British Sewing Bee, and written my first book which will be published in May 2014.

A few months ago I quit my job working in the film industry to focus on Tilly and the Buttons full time, and I couldn’t be happier! As well as helping people to make stuff, I also love watching old movies, geeking out on Pinterest, singing along (badly) to Otis and Aretha, over-using the word "strategic", daydreaming about Breton tops and making lists.

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