Tilly and the Buttons - Winner Best Pattern House in Sew Awards 2016

Gorgeous step-by-step guides to sewing your own clothes!

Winner - Best Independent Pattern House in the British Sewing Awards 2017

Sewing patterns

With refreshingly clear instructions and photos of each step, our easy-to-use sewing patterns will help you to create adorable clothes you’ll feel proud to say you made yourself. Even if you’re a new stitcher! They come in eight sizes (UK 6-20) and are printed in the UK on durable (not scrunchy) FSC certified paper with vegetable-based ink (or digital versions to print at home if you want it now).


With five printed patterns included, Love at First Stitch takes you from the basics of threading a sewing machine through to creating a wardrobe full of gorgeous handmade clothes. The Sunday Times bestseller has been printed in ten international editions and won “Best Book” at the British Sewing Awards 2014.


Want extra help or like to see the sewing in action? Take a video workshop online from the comfort of your own home.

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What people are saying

"Sewing's new star" - Mollie Makes

“Best for DIY fashion” – Channel4.com

Named 'Favourite Sewing Personality' in the British Sewing Awards 2015 and 2016

"My first Tilly and the Buttons sewing pattern that I've bought and I'm blown away by it. The level of detail and the quality of it is possibly the best I've ever seen in a pattern! Service from their website was top rate too. Can't wait to get the fabric to make this beautiful dress!" - Hannah

"Tilly has taken me from a complete novice to an addicted sewist in six short months, with a combination of clear well structured teaching (first from Love at First Stitch, now with the Learn to Sew Jersey Tops online workshop) and gorgeous patterns I actually want to wear. I feel full of confidence to tackle new projects now, and have a hobby for life!" - a happy maker

"Tilly has a great way of making sewing easy and approachable, and there’s just something so likeable about the honest and encouraging way she writes. It really is like having a friend show you how to make something, step-by-step, slowly, and patiently." - Verity

"With you, sewing is so easy! Your explanations are crystal clear, many thanks." - Sophie

"I'm thrilled to say that I made my first skirt last week, wore it, outside, in front of real people... and it felt BRILLIANT!! Your easy to follow advice, wonderful, modern styling and 'have a go' attitude were just what I needed to get me started." - Nicola

“I made my first piece of clothing to be worn in public from the Bettine pattern. I wore it at an important work event the other day, and it made me feel like I could take on the world, wearing a dress I’d made myself!” - Hannah

“I absolutely love the patterns, so easy to use. When I started sewing I found it difficult to find modern patterns for everyday wearing – Tilly’s patters are perfect for this!” - Katie

“I had tried following other patterns in the past and found them hard to understand. The Tilly and the Buttons patterns are fun and so easy to follow. I was so happy when I made my first Bettine dress, I couldn’t believe I had sewn it all by myself!” - Kymberly

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The Story

After friends and random strangers kept telling her the same story - that they'd love to make their own clothes if only sewing patterns weren't so confusing and intimidating - Tilly set out to rethink sewing resources for modern home dressmakers. Combining her expertise in designing learning programmes with her passion for DIY dressmaking, she translated the jargon into plain English, replaced head-scratching diagrams with gorgeous colour photos, and added helpful sewing tips - all stirred up with a hearty dose of encouragement.

Tilly began sewing seven years ago after feeling an urge to do something creative with her hands. She instantly fell head over heels in love with being able to take a flat piece of fabric and turn it into a dress that she'd dreamed up in her head. Over the next few years, she dived deep into the world of sewing, starting a blog, studying pattern making and professional sewing at the London College of Fashion, and dreaming about stitching seams day and night.

After launching the patterns and signing her first book deal, Tilly quit her day job in 2014 to focus on the company full time. As a participant on the School for Creative Startups, she received the HRH British Made award from the Duke of York. The growing Tilly and the Buttons team now work from a lovely studio in South London.

Tilly and the Buttons is a registered trade mark no. 014788962.

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