Tilly's next book Mini Makes is coming soon!
Tilly and the Buttons
by Tilly
1w 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
4M 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
4M 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
8M 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
8M 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
9M 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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Fitting the Esti Top and Trousers or Shorts Co-ord
Tilly and the Buttons
by Nikki
9M ago
Thinking of making the Esti top and trousers or shorts and want some extra tips on how to get a great fit for your unique body shape? Then keep on reading as this post is for you. Esti is a simple to sew and incredibly versatile top-and-trouser or top-and-shorts co-ord that you can wear all year round! Since we're all different shapes, we sometimes need to make adjustments to sewing patterns to get a fit that we're happy with. Here, I'm going to talk you through the most common fitting adjustments you might want to consider making to your Esti Co-ord.  In this post we're going to cover ..read more
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Say Hello to Esti - the Ultimate Summer Co-ord!
Tilly and the Buttons
by Abi
9M ago
Say hello to simple summer sewing with our Esti Co-ord sewing pattern! Our Esti top-and-trouser co-ord sewing pattern makes an instant outfit, staple separates for layering, or even a chic faux jumpsuit. It's an easy sewing project that's great for beginners, and a speedy, satisfying make for more experienced stitchers.  ORDER ESTI HERE THE PATTERN DESIGN Esti is a two-piece set comprising a strappy top and trousers or shorts, which you can make to be worn together or separately. The top has: Chic square neckline Straps wide enough to cover a bra Diagonal bust darts for shaping Two ..read more
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Five Ways to Tell the Right Side of Your Fabric
Tilly and the Buttons
by Abi
10M ago
Knowing which side of your fabric is the “right side” is an essential part of any sewing project.  The “right side” of the fabric that is meant to be visible from the outside of your garment for everyone to see, while the “wrong side” is the side that will be hidden on the inside. Sewing patterns will usually tell you to sew with right sides together, so the seams end up hidden on the inside of the garment. Exceptions include when you’re sewing French seams, in which case you start with the wrong sides together, or when you’re attaching a piece such as a patch pocket to a garment, when y ..read more
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Ten Tips for Sewing with Fine Cotton Fabric
Tilly and the Buttons
by Abi
11M ago
Cotton is a popular fabric choice among sewists and crafters, and for good reason! With its breathability and wide availability in a huge range of prints and styles, it's no surprise that cotton has had a bit of a renaissance in recent years.  In particular, finer cottons like lawn, voile, Swiss dot and seersucker have become increasingly popular. They are relatively easy to cut, sew and press, yet lightweight, so provide a lovely balance of structure and drape.  Cotton is one of the easiest fabrics to work with, but still has its quirks. But with the following tips, you'll be ..read more
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