25 March 2022

Join the Erin Dungarees Sewalong! Sponsored by Janome

Tilly and the Buttons - Join the Erin Dungarees Sewalong! Sponsored by Janome

Want a helping hand with your next make? We're teaming up with our friends at Janome to bring you a FREE Erin dungarees sewalong! You read that right, a FULL step-by-step sewalong (with videos) breaking down every step of making your own Erin dungas or overalls sewing pattern, including:

  • Supplies needed, plus some gorgeous sewing inspiration
  • Common fitting alterations you might want to make 
  • Preparing your fabric (Erin can be made in wovens and knits!)
  • ALL the Erin sewing steps - with videos
  • Plus team makes from TATB and Janome, along with how to share yours!

Get excited, sewists! Here's what's in store over the coming weeks...

A stack of Tilly and the Buttons Erin sewing patternsErin dungarees sewing pattern cover

Grab your pattern

The oh-so-cute and comfy Erin dungarees sewing pattern is our first pattern to be printed in all 15 sizes, from UK 6-34 (US 2-30 / EUR 34-62 / AUS 6-34).


Sewing the Erin dungarees

Who is the sewalong suitable for?

The Erin sewing pattern is suitable for confident beginners and up. And hey, if you're not so confident, so long as you can use a sewing machine and have made one or two projects before, you can join in as Abi will be there to show you every step in detail. 

Just bear in mind that, if you're just starting out on your sewing journey, it's easier to pick a woven fabric that’s not too slippery, such as linen, chambray, soft cotton twill or needlecord. 

More experienced? Join the sewalong to pick up tips and tricks you may not know, as well as to get the camaraderie of sewing along with like-minded makers around the globe. With more sewing skills under your belt, you could also try sewing Erin in a more fluid woven substrate like viscose (rayon) or a low stretch knit such as French terry and ponte roma. We'll talk more about fabric options in the next post...

A stack of Erin sewing patterns and a sewing machine

Working together with Janome

The step-by-step sewalong is being brought to you in partnership with our friends at Janome UK.

Here at Tilly and the Buttons, we're big fans of Janome, who have been supporting creativity for over 100 years. They offer a range of sewing machines, overlockers and more for all skills levels and budgets. Tilly started her sewing journey on Janome, and we've been using our favourite DKS 100 model in the studio and at home for years! 

Throughout the sewalong, Abi will be using the Janome DKS 100 Special Edition sewing machine, along with the Janome 6234XL Overlocker (serger).

Sewing the Erin dungarees

Sewalong dates

  • 28th March 2022: Gather Your Supplies & Sewing Inspiration!
  • 30th March: Preparing Your Pattern & Fitting
  • 1st April: Preparing Your Fabric
  • 8th April: Assemble the Bib (Part 1)
  • 11th April: Assemble the Bib (Part 2)
  • 13th April: Assemble the Legs and Pockets
  • 15th April: Finishing
  • 20th April: See The Buttons & Janome's Team Makes!
We'll save all the posts to the Erin sewalong page so you can catch up at any time.

Model wearing long dungarees or overalls handmade using the Erin sewing pattern in stretch knit fabric

Share what you're making

We absolutely looove seeing all your Tilly and the Buttons makes, and we're especially excited to see your Erin dungarees throughout this sewalong and beyond. So let us know you're joining in by using #SewingErin when you share your posts on social media. Don't forget we love project planning and in-progress shots too!

Grab your copy of our Erin dungarees sewing pattern and meet us in the next blog post...


Models: Alice-May Bermingham & Abi Ogunbambi
Photographer: Jane Looker
MUAH: Laura Anne
Samples: Sewn by Vanessa Allen