Fitting the Agnes sewing pattern
Tilly and the Buttons
by Nikki
11h ago
Making the Agnes top and want some extra tips on fitting? This post will cover the most common fitting adjustments you may need when sewing Agnes. Agnes is now available in printed and PDF formats sizes UK 6-34 / US 2-30 / EUR 34-62 / AUS 6-34. As it's designed to be made in stretchy jersey, it's relatively simple to fit.  In this post we're going to cover: Choosing your size Lengthening or shortening the bodice or sleeve Combining sizes or resizing the bust Widening or narrowing the shoulder Changing the neckline Narrowing or widening the sleeve However, don't think you have to ma ..read more
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Reintroducing Agnes! Back in print in sizes UK 6-34
Tilly and the Buttons
by Abi
3d ago
Exciting news, sewists! By popular demand, our Agnes jersey top sewing pattern is back in print, with our new-and-improved size range which includes 15 sizes, from UK 6 to 34 (US 2-30 / EUR 34-62 / AUS 6-34), and with the addition of sewist and disability advocate Samantha (@PurpleSewingCloud) modelling (yes, you may have previously spied her in Tilly's Make It Simple book too!). Originally launched in 2015, we thought it was high time we brought this popular design back into print. Why?  Because it's a wardrobe staple that you will wear again and again - whether laye ..read more
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Looking Back at 2022 at Tilly and the Buttons
Tilly and the Buttons
by Tilly
1M ago
Well, it’s been another strange year, has it not?! As 2022 draws to a close, I’m taking the opportunity to look back and reflect on what we’ve achieved at Tilly and the Buttons. This year has been a challenging one! While we are settling into the new “normal” now that the worst of the pandemic is happily behind us (we hope), this year has been the toughest of recent times for many small businesses, in the UK at least, including ours. The aftermath of Covid, the impact of Brexit, the invasion of Ukraine, the recession and more have created turbulent times. Costs are spiralling at the same ti ..read more
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A Look Inside Our Sewing Patterns
Tilly and the Buttons
by Abi
2M ago
At Tilly and the Buttons, we love nothing more than hearing our customers say they had a great experience with our sewing patterns – whether we got them started sewing in the first place, helped them get over their fear, gave them a lightbulb moment, or took their existing sewing skills up a level. I started making patterns after hearing friends and blog readers saying that they found traditional sewing patterns confusing and intimidating. This was so sad to hear, as I wanted everyone to discover the joy of sewing! So, blending my professional experience in developing learning resources wit ..read more
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Team Button's Marnie Makes!
Tilly and the Buttons
by Abi
3M ago
You may have guessed that this blog post was in the pipeline after all the Marnie love we've been showering on our socials, with makes from Team Buttons popping up here and there since we launched the sewing pattern in September.  It's time to get the gang together and share our Marnie blouses and mini-dresses (so far) all in one place... "There's a bit of a story behind this one. In early 2020, Team Buttons gave me a Liberty gift voucher for my birthday (I know!). Then along came a global pandemic and a new baby, which put an end to any opportunities for leisurely in-store browsing. 2 ..read more
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Behind the Scenes at The Knitting and Stitching Show
Tilly and the Buttons
by Abi
3M ago
Tilly wearing a Marnie blouse What a wonderful time we had at our first in-person sewing show since 2020!  During the first week of October 2022, we had a stand displaying our sewing patterns and books at The Knitting and Stitching Show at the beautiful Alexandra Palace in London. Fancy a walk around our colourful stand? Of course you do... After a couple of eventless years, to go out and interact with our lovely customers again was so much fun. We got to meet lots of crafty folks (old and new) and chat about all things sewing, swoon over your handmade outfits and see which T ..read more
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Ten Tips for Sewing with Ankara Fabric (AKA African Wax Print)
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by Abi
3M ago
Continuing our posts on tips for sewing with different types of fabrics, we’re showcasing the vibrant, the bold, and the - yes! - easy-to-sew wonder that is Ankara fabric, AKA African wax print. Who better to ask to talk us through how to use this material than Lena King, one of our favourite sewing bloggers and co-host of #SewAnkaraFabric and #AnkaraFabricAppreciationWeek on Insta. Over to Lena... ***** I was thrilled when Tilly reached out to me to ask if I’d like to write a guest blog on my favourite fabric, Ankara – also known as Dutch or African wax print. Yes, please! I’m going to give ..read more
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Ten Design Ideas for Marnie
Tilly and the Buttons
by Abi
4M ago
You've seen our Marnie sewing inspiration and fabric picks, you've learned all about how to get a great fit and you've even seen how to sew those striking tucks... well, now it's time to make Marnie your own! We love a pattern hack here at Tilly and the Buttons and our latest sewing pattern Marnie has had our heads buzzing with ideas for weeks! We quickly realised there are sooo many small tweaks you can make to your pattern that will make it even more unique, so we've compiled them into a blog post for you!  Here's how to make Marnie your own… 1 / 2 / 3  1. Attach a ..read more
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How to Sew Undulating Tucks (with video!)
Tilly and the Buttons
by Abi
4M ago
Tucks add a beautiful touch to garments and can make your me-mades truly stand out from the crowd. The optional undulating tucks on the front yoke and upper sleeves of our Marnie blouse and dress pattern are a particularly striking feature. Whether you’re looking for extra guidance for sewing Marnie, want help sewing tucks on another pattern, or are just curious about how the undulating ripple feature is formed, read on for more help and take a look at our step-by-step video. But first… What are tucks? Tucks are folds of fabric that are pressed and stitched in place so they stand away from ..read more
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Fitting the Marnie Blouse and Mini Dress
Tilly and the Buttons
by Nikki
5M ago
Fallen head over heels for our Marnie blouse and mini dress pattern and want a helping hand on how to get a great fit? You’ve come to the right place ? The Marnie blouse and mini dress is suitable for improver sewers and is available in both printed and PDF formats in sizes UK 6-34 (US 2-30 / EUR 34-62 / AUS 6-34). The easy-breezy, swishy design makes for a finished garment with lots of ease, which means not only is Marnie great for twirling in, it's also pretty simple to fit - yay! Here, I'll talk you through the most common fitting adjustments you might want to consider for your Marnie b ..read more
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