Tilly Walnes

Hello! I’m Tilly. I create gorgeous step-by-step guides to sewing your own clothes for the new wave of DIY dressmakers.

With jargon-busting instructions, photos of all the steps and stylish designs, my blog, sewing patterns, workshops and 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...

Back in 2009, I was sitting in an office when I had an overwhelming urge to get creative and make something with my hands. So, on a whim, I learnt to sew.

I fell head over heels in love with taking a flat piece of fabric, cutting it out and stitching it together to create a design I'd imagined in my head. I started my blog to share my passion and connect with other makers, joining a wonderful virtual sewing circle of makers who share their knowledge and encourage each other to keep creating.

Over the next few years I learnt more and more about sewing, from blogs, books, trial and error, and training in professional sewing and pattern cutting at the London College of Fashion.

The story I heard over and over from friends and readers was that they would love to make their own clothes too, but they found the jargon, technical diagrams and conventions of traditional sewing patterns confusing and intimidating. So, combining my passion for making clothes with my professional background in education and training, I set out to rethink the learning experience to make it accessible and fun for the growing wave of modern crafters.

I started a line of easy-to-use sewing patterns, which are now stocked in shops around the world. I teach fun and friendly sewing workshops in my South London studio, and wrote my first book for beginner dressmakers, which became a Sunday Times bestseller.

I don't have a background in the fashion industry, so everything I do is from the point of view of - and aimed at - someone who sews at home, for fun.

In 2013 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 start making their own clothes, I also love watching old movies, geeking out on Pinterest, singing along (badly) to Otis and Aretha, over-using the word "strategic", tending to my collection of homemade Breton tops and making lists.

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