25 August 2021

Trendy Ruffle Hem Jaimie PJs Hack (+ video tutorial!)

Never without a need for new PJs, I'm no stranger to sewing loungewear-esque clothes, especially PJ bottoms and shorts. It's Abi here (the social media & content creating button *waves*) and with so many homemade pyjamas under my belt, it's time to get creative with them! 

If you're after the ultimate PJ pattern, look no further than our Jaimie Pyjama bottoms and shorts sewing pattern - it's a must-have. Not only a fabulous pattern for complete beginners, but Jaimie is also a great place to start pattern hacking! Whether that's adding your own in-seam pockets or trying out this ruffle hack, you'll be able to create your perfect PJs using Jaimie as your base. 

Jaimie is available in TWO size bands, UK 4-24 / US 0-20 / EUR 32-52 or UK 16-34 / US 12-30 / EUR 44-62. Get your copy HERE and come back to this post for ruffle hacking goodness!

Ruffle hem PJ bottoms have been popping up in RTW shops and have slowly been creeping into my future sewing hack plans, so my need for cute PJs that I don't mind answering the door in just became my top priority. And let's face it, PJs this trendy might even get a trip out the house too...maybe (plain white T, sandals, straw bag - I can see it!).

I'll be making 3/4 length Jaimie PJ bottoms in the video tutorial and the shorts in this blog post, but these steps will apply the same way to the shorts or longer PJs. To decide where I wanted my leg length, I measured from where the waistband of the PJs sit on me to halfway down my shin and made a rough judgement, knowing there would be an inch or so added to the length with the finished ruffles.

Let's make some PJs...

Sew your Jaimie PJs as normal, following the instruction booklet or by following our handy sew-along below. Up until the hemming of the legs (which is the last step). 

18 August 2021

HOT HOT HOT! Stock up in our Summer Sale ft. Team Buttons Picks!

Did someone say sale? It's time to treat you to some sizzling savings to celebrate the summertime with 20% off all our individual sewing patterns

We are taking 20% off all our individual printed and digital patterns until Sunday 22 August 2021 midnight BST. Use the code 'HOTHOTHOT' at the checkout now!


It's the perfect excuse to end your summer sewing in style! Depending on where you are in the world of course (it might just be heating up where you are!), you can whip up something to wear to soak up the last days of summer or get a head-start on your Autumn sewing plans...

Here are Team Buttons' top sale sewing pattern picks...

Abi's Pick

Get 20% off the Martha sewing pattern with the code 'HOTHOTHOT' 

Frances' Pick

Get 20% off the Jessa sewing pattern with the code 'HOTHOTHOT'

Kate's Pick

Get 20% off the Indigo Add-on sewing pattern with the code 'HOTHOTHOT'

Nikki's Pick

Get 20% off the Skye sewing pattern with the code 'HOTHOTHOT'

Tilly's Pick

Get 20% off the Lyra sewing pattern with the code 'HOTHOTHOT'

Head over to our shop, fill your trolley and enter the code HOTHOTHOT at the checkout and we will take 20% off your total! The offer is not valid on pattern bundles, books, sewing kits, dungaree buckles, gift vouchers or online workshops.

Happy shopping! xx

11 August 2021

How to Make an Eye Mask (free pattern!)

How to Make an Eye Mask - free pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

There’s something so indulgent about slipping on an eye mask to help you get enough beauty sleep during light Summer nights… particularly when it matches your frillies! We couldn’t resist making an eye mask to go with the Fifi camisole and shorts set – and we’re sharing the pattern with you for free so you can make one too. Yay! This is a lovely speedy make, and a perfect project for using up leftover fabric. Ooh and it makes a great gift!

Check out our video sew-along below:

How to Make an Eye Mask - free pattern from Tilly and the Buttons
How to Make an Eye Mask - free pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

You will need:
  • Fifi eye mask pattern – download the free pattern
  • 15cm (1/5yd) light- to medium-weight cotton for the main fabric (we used Cloud9 Escapade organic cotton voile courtesy of Hantex)
  • 15cm (1/5yd) fabric for facing (we used a silky satin for the backing – choose something that will feel nice on your delicate eyelids)
  • Matching thread
  • 10cm (1/8yd) wadding
  • 38cm (15in) x 9-12mm (1/2in) wide elastic (a bit more or less if you think your head is particularly large or small!)
  • 1m (40in) string or cord
  • Sewing machine and basic tools
Open the pattern file in Adobe Reader (you can download it for free). Print the pattern on either A4 or Letter size paper, selecting “actual size” or “set scaling to 100%” or “turn off scaling” in your print settings. You can double check the pattern has printed at full scale by measuring the test square - it should be exactly 40mm x 40mm.

4 August 2021

It's Got Pockets! FREE Pocket Pattern Round up & Inspiration!

One of the BEST things about dressmaking is that you can choose to add details that matter to you. If you're anything like us, pockets are a must for everything we whip up! If you want to add (more!) pockets to a project, we have a few templates and step-by-step instructions you can use to increase your pocket count. 

Did we mention these pocket pattern pieces are FREE to download? Stick around until the end of the post for even more pocket possibilities that might just be waiting for you in your pattern stash already. Oh yes, it's pockets galore at TATB!

Hip Pockets

What's better than three pockets on your Mila dungarees? FIVE pockets on your Mila dungarees! This add-on Mila dungarees hip patch pockets would also work for any bottoms with a waistband, so take this pattern and run with it! It's such handy addition to your pattern hacking arsenal - you won't want to make trousers without them once you see how many bits & bobs you can stash in them... 


Download the Mila hip pocket pattern / Visit the tutorial & original blog post