How to Sew Welt Pockets
Tilly and the Buttons
by Tilly
2M ago
Welt pockets look neat, chic and impressive - as well as being functional, of course! They have a reputation for being a bit tricky to sew, but take your time and you will be amazed at the finished result.  Welt pockets are an optional feature on the Tilly and the Buttons Thea trousers sewing pattern. The pattern instructions take you through each step with annotated photos. As we know some of you prefer to see sewing in motion, we've created a video to show you the process of making the welt pockets too. What are welt pockets? Welt pockets (sometimes known as "jetted pockets") are ..read more
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Fitting the Thea trousers
Tilly and the Buttons
by Nikki
2M ago
Are you planning on making the Thea trousers and want some extra help on how to get a great fit? Then look no further as this post is for you. Thea is a pair of high waisted, wide leg trousers with a choice of two lengths and multiple pocket variations. As we're all different shapes and sizes, there are various adjustments we can do to improve the fit of our me-mades. In this blog post we're going to cover the most common adjustments you may want to consider making to your Thea trousers, but bear in mind you probably won't need to do all of them, or even any at all! In this post we're going ..read more
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How to Use Layered PDF Sewing Patterns
Tilly and the Buttons
by Nikki
2M ago
We have recently started adding layered sizes to our PDF sewing patterns - hooray! This has been a regularly requested feature from the PDF pattern aficionados amongst you - thank you for your patience while we changed our processes to allow this feature. The Thea trousers is our first sewing pattern with layers, and future patterns - including those in our forthcoming book Mini Makes - will also feature layered sizes. If you're new to using layered PDF sewing patterns, this post will show you how to use this snazzy feature. It's very simple, I promise! What is a layered PDF sewing pattern ..read more
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NEW PATTERN! Meet the Thea trousers
Tilly and the Buttons
by Tilly
2M ago
There's a new sewing pattern on the block, and Team Buttons is obsessed! The Thea trousers are a pair of wide leg pants that will be on regular rotation in your wardrobe. With multiple pocket options, two hemline lengths, and a wide range of suitable fabrics to choose from, this is a pattern to sew again and again. Read on to find more about Thea… GET THE THEA PATTERN THE PATTERN DESIGN These classic, wearable trousers have a wide leg that’s bang on trend and oh so comfy. If you fancy learning new sewing skills, we will guide you through making impressive welt pockets with our ..read more
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Tilly's next book Mini Makes is coming soon!
Tilly and the Buttons
by Tilly
3M ago
I'm excited to let you know that my fourth book is coming this spring, and it's all about sewing for little ones! Mini Makes will be published by Quadrille (Hardie Grant) on 25 April 2024 – and you can pre-order it now! If you pre-order directly from us by 25th March 2024, we'll send you a signed copy of the book plus an exclusive free gift when the book is released. This pair of woven sew-in labels have been designed by us and aren't available anywhere else. Perfect for adding the finishing touch to your mini makes! Pre-order signed book + free gift (Offer ends 25th March 2024. Your b ..read more
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Fitting the Sonny jacket
Tilly and the Buttons
by Nikki
7M ago
If you're thinking of making the Sonny jacket and have a few questions about how to get a great fit, you've come to the right place. Sonny is an ultra-versatile jacket with a relaxed, boxy fit, making it simple to fit. Good stuff! However, as we are all wonderfully unique in shape and size, you might want to make a few changes to your pattern pieces to make it suit your body better. Here, I'm going to talk you through the most common fitting adjustments you might want to consider making to your Sonny jacket.  In this post we're going to cover:  Making a toile  ..read more
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NEW! Meet the Sonny jacket and lining add-on patterns
Tilly and the Buttons
by Nikki
8M ago
Sewists, are you ready to meet the jacket of your dreams? We're thrilled to introduce you to the Sonny jacket sewing pattern and the Sonny lining add-on pattern! To celebrate Sonny's launch, get 15% off when you buy both the Sonny jacket + lining patterns together as a bundle. This offer ends at 23.59 (BST) 25 October 2023 and cannot be used in conjunction with other offers. Ultra versatile, you can make it as a classic jacket that will never go out of style, or try the on-trend prairie collar for Ganni-esque vibes. Sonny can be made as a casual unlined jacket, but if yo ..read more
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Sewing with Disabilities: Five Accessible Tools (Guest Post by Samantha Purple Sewing Cloud)
Tilly and the Buttons
by Tilly
11M ago
There’s a whole world of amazing sewing tools out there that have been designed to make your crafting easier. To celebrate Disability Pride Month, we’ve commissioned Samantha Waude from @PurpleSewingCloud – who you may recognise as a Tilly and the Buttons model from Make It Simple and Agnes – to share her top five accessible sewing tools.  Whether you consider yourself to have disabilities or not, you will want to get yourself some of these! Over to Sam… “Hi, I’m Samantha, I’m feel very excited to be invited by Tilly to write this guest blog post about my top five sewing tools.  ..read more
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How To Do A Full Tummy Adjustment on Trousers or Shorts
Tilly and the Buttons
by Nikki
1y ago
Do you often feel as though you need a bit more room in the stomach area in your trousers or shorts? If you're nodding your head in agreement, you may benefit from doing a full tummy adjustment to your me-made garments. A full tummy adjustment adds width and length to the stomach area on a pair of shorts or trousers (or pants if you're one of our North American friends). It's a handy adjustment to do if you need a little bit more room across the tummy, but the rest of the trousers fit well and feel comfortable.   But how do you know if you need a full tummy adjustment? If you often ..read more
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Sewing Inspiration & Fabric Picks for Esti
Tilly and the Buttons
by Abi
1y ago
If you're sewing up an Esti co-ord or two this summer, you're in the right place for a healthy dose of fabric and high-street inspiration for your makes! Ideal for all your favourite spring/summer fabrics, Esti is designed for light- to medium-weight woven fabrics. Try linen or chambray for a more structured silhouette, or viscose (rayon) or Tencel (lyocell) for a drapier look. First, let's have a peek at the lovely Esti samples... Fabric: Ruby Star rayon - Grid Fabrics We're obsessed with the faux jumpsuit potential of Esti and just had to get this look on the cover! F ..read more
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