11 December 2019

Ten favourite Posts of 2019

Ten favourite posts of 2019 at Tilly and the Buttons

In just a few weeks this blog is celebrating TEN, yes TEN years since it was released into the blogosphere. Can you believe it? There will be more on that soon, but now is 2019's time to shine!

It has been a wonderful, jam-packed year at Tilly HQ, with lots of behind-the-scenes work going on with the third book, Make It Simple, in the works, as well as pattern launches and our first fabric line being developed. Phew, we have been busy! The blog continues to be our special place to share sewing tips, inspo and anything we think you might enjoy. Here are some of the most popular blog posts from the last 12 months in case you've missed them or just want to take another look : )

Six steps to start sewing by Tilly and the Buttons

Six steps to starting sewing

Always wanting to make things easier and turn more people into DIY dressmakers, Tilly shares her tips on getting your sewing journey off to a good start. This is a must-read for anybody who wants to give this wonderful hobby a go and doesn't want to sift through mountains of information before you can get stitching! 

Five design hacks for the Coco pattern by Tilly and the Buttons

Five design hacks for the Coco pattern

Coco is one of our most-loved patterns and has been made over and over again by those that adore it. We pulled together some wonderful design hack ideas to get Coco fans inspired, courtesy of our super-talented customers.

Five ways to use up your scraps by Tilly and the Buttons

Five ways to use up your scraps

Sustainable sewing has been a hot topic this year and there is nothing more annoying than pesky fabric scraps without a purpose. We pulled together five projects to help you use up these unloved pieces of fabric and this post proved to be very popular!

10 design hack ideas for Stevie by Tilly and the Buttons

10 design hack ideas for Stevie

If you are part of the Stevie tunic appreciation society, you might be looking for ways to hack your favourite pattern to make even more. We have even seen some of these whipped up by our wonderful customers already - hooray!

How to sew a plait detail by Tilly and the Buttons

How to sew a plait detail

We luuuurve a 70s inspired detail at TATB, so we created a step-by-step video tutorial to make this gorgeous plait detail to add to Tilly's Ness skirt. Isn't it dreamy?

5 tips for stress-free snaps by Tilly and the Buttons

5 tips for stress-free snaps 

Our Eden raincoat has an option to use shiny snaps to fasten the jacket so we got a lot of practice in with these little guys. Nikki, our Product Manager, shared her top tips to getting these in without breaking a sweat.

Sewing space tours: Kate Tabor's costume design studio

Sewing space tours: Kate Tabor's costume design studio

We love to snoop around makers' sewing spaces and it seems you guys do too! Kate Tabor is a costume designer who works in the same building as us and we are in awe of her creative space. Do check it out! 

Meet the Eden coat sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons

Meet the Eden raincoat and coat pattern!

Earlier this year, we released our first-ever outerwear pattern, Eden, who was most-definitely built to weather the storms! We shared more on all the swoonsome details that come together to make the Eden perfectly practical in every way.

We created some videos to go along with Eden that help you nail new techniques like how to bag out a coat lining and how to sew a thread chain. For more sewing tips with video, check out our YouTube channel!

How to understitch like a pro by Tilly and the Buttons

How to understitch like a pro!

Understitching is a nifty sewing technique that may seem small but makes all the difference to the finish of your handmade garments. We filmed a video to show you how to nail this technique.

Make it Simple by Tilly Walnes published by Quadrille (Hardie Grant)

Make It Simple: the inspiration behind my forthcoming book

There have been some exciting happening behind-the-scenes at Tilly Towers this year - Tilly has been writing her third book! Tilly shared details of what you can expect from the book in this post and it seems that so many of you are very excited to find out more as it has had a lot of views!

You can pre-order your copy from Amazon here!

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Author: Louise Carmichael
TATB model photos: Jane Looker
Make It Simple is published by Quadrille (Hardie Grant) and the cover photo is by Ellie Smith