*25% off printed and digital sewing patterns until Sunday 29th November 2020 midnight GMT. No discount code is required - 25% will automatically come off at the checkout. Exclusions apply, and offer cannot be used with any other discount.

Exclusions from the offer: Billie printed and digital patterns, sewing pattern bundles where a discount has already been applied. Dungaree buckles are not included in the offer and can be purchased separately.

Important note on shipping: We have a wonderful team of two packing your sewing goodies as safely and quickly as possible. As we will be dealing with an influx of orders, shipping is likely to take longer than usual, so please be patient. We use Royal Mail to deliver all our lovely orders and they are likely to be under even more pressure over this period, so packages are likely to see delays. You can read all the delivery info here.

COVID-19 Update 

We are still shipping orders!!

The TATB team have been asked to remain at home but Kate and Frances will be working in the studio two days a week in order to process and ship your orders.

The building where we are based is restricted to the public and as many other tenants have taken their work home means that social distancing is achievable.  We are also able to leave our postal bags in a safe place for Royal Mail collection, again observing social distancing.

Kate and Frances are being meticulous in terms of infection control best practice with regular hand washing and routinely wiping down all surfaces with antibacterial cleaners and using gloves when packing orders.

All of our packaging is paper-based which helps minimise infection risks.


We will aim to get all orders packed and shipped within 3 working days.

We are using Royal Mail who are under extreme pressure during these exceptionally busy times. Please be aware that there may be a delay with Royal Mail during this period.  We very much appreciate your patience and understanding and ask that you don’t contact us about receiving your order until 14 working days after the order was placed.  

For our International Customers all orders will be sent using Royal Mail's second class service.  To Europe please allow 5 to 10 working days for arrival, to the rest of the world 7 to 12 working days. Things can take a little longer to arrive at international destinations, so please allow 30 working days after the order was placed before contacting us.

Customers outside of Europe ordering 3 or more patterns, a signed book and/or fabric or a kit will be sent using Royal Mail's tracked service.

We are keeping a close eye on updates from the UK government and will keep you informed for any changes.  

Thank you for supporting our small independent business.

Any concerns please contact the team at hello@tillyandthebuttons.com


Buying Christmas Presents!?

Buying for Christmas we recommend getting your order in as early as possible.

We have a wonderful team of two packing your sewing goodies as safely and quickly as possible. As we will be dealing with an influx of orders, shipping is likely to take longer than usual, so please be patient. We use Royal Mail to deliver all our lovely orders and they are likely to be under even more pressure over this period, so packages are likely to see delays.

For UK customers order your Christmas goodies before Friday 18th December 2020.

If you want us to post to Europe then you need to get your order in before Thursday 10th December 2020.

And for all our other lovely global customers we advise placing your Christmas orders before Wednesday 25th November 2020. 

Which countries do you ship to?

We send orders all over the world! Take a look at the delivery info for details of postage costs and estimated turnaround times. Prices are listed in British pounds.

How much is postage?

Postage prices are listed on the delivery page so you can see what you're paying before you go through to the checkout.

How do I pay for my goodies, please?

You can pay securely by Visa, Mastercard, American Express or PayPal.

I ordered a paper pattern but haven’t received it yet…

Please read our delivery information to see the expected waiting times for paper patterns. If you are paying with a PayPal account, please check that the account holds your correct delivery address as that is the one we will post your pattern to. If you are still having problems, please get in touch!

I ordered a digital pattern but haven’t received it yet…

Ooh noo! Digital patterns are sent to your email automatically a few seconds after payment has been made. Sometimes the email ends up in the spam or junk folder rather than your inbox - is it in there? If you paid with a PayPal account, it will have been sent to the email associated with that account - is it there? If you've looked in these places and still can't find it, the order might have been blocked by your email account, so drop us a line with your name, order number and the email address it was supposed to go to and we’ll be happy to sort it out for you.

I'm trying to download a digital pattern but it says "link expired". Help!

The link expires after you've clicked on it five times, so it sounds like you've already downloaded the pattern. Take a look on the desktop or downloads folder on your computer - your files should be there. Found them? If not, drop us a line with your name and order number and we'll be happy to help.

Can I return what I’ve bought?

But of course! Please take a look at our Returns Policy for details of when and how you can cancel your order or return what you've bought.


I'm new to sewing - what should I make first?

The Jaimie pyjama bottoms or shortsDominique skirt, the Margot pyjamas in Love at First Stitch book, the Miette skirt, the Cleo pinafore, the Bettine dress and the Stevie top + dress and Stevie add-on pattern have all been designed with beginners in mind. They're super easy to make and fit, with no fiddly zips, buttonholes, darts or set-in sleeves. Hooray!

What sizes do the patterns come in?

Our patterns include different sizes - some of them are currently UK 6-20 or US sizes 2-16. Coco, CleoIndigo, Indigo add-on patternStevie, Stevie add-on patternDominiqueBobbiAlexa, Jaimie, Billie and the patterns in the Make It Simple book are now in our wider size range, UK 6-24 or US 2-20 - we'll be making more patterns in this size range in the future. 

There's a sizing chart on each product page (like this one) so you can see the measurements. We number our pattern sizes to avoid any confusion with ready-to-wear sizing, which can vary wildly between brands and is sometimes misleading! Much better to choose your pattern size based on your actual measurements so you can make something that fits you - hooray!

I'm bigger than your biggest size... why can't you add more sizes to your patterns?

We are currently working on our wider size range and have our best-selling Coco top and dress, Cleo pinafore + dungaree dress, Stevie tunic top or dress, Stevie add-on patternIndigo smock top or dress, Indigo add-on patternDominique skirtBobbi skirt or pinafore, Alexa jumpsuit or playsuit, Jaimie pyjama bottoms and shorts, Billie sweatshirt and dress and patterns in the Make It Simple book available in sizes UK 6-24 (US 2-20 / EUR 34-52). We will be adding more patterns to the wider range in the future. 

Are measurements metric (cm) or imperial (inches)?

Both! Our patterns and books include both metric and imperial measurements so you don't need to waste any time converting them, you can get on with sewing.

I missed out on buying a printed copy of a pattern, will you be restocking it?

We discontinue printed patterns (unless they are popular styles) once we have sold through a print run to give us space to create new styles in the range. The following patterns are now available only as digital patterns and we will not be reprinting them: Mathilde, Miette, Francoise, Arielle, FifiOrla, Marigold, Etta, Seren, Ness and Eden.

You could try seeing if one of our wonderful stockists still has the printed pattern for sale.

I want a printed copy of a pattern that was released as a digital pattern, will you be printing these at any point?

It is unlikely we will be making our PDF pattern releases available in print form. The digital files come with print-at-home and copyshop files so you have great options for printing the pattern. You might find this guide to printing digital sewing patterns or printing copyshop (A0) files.

Add-on patterns that are digital only: Nora cardigan add-on, Indigo add-on, Stevie add-on.

Digital-only releases: Maternity AgnesMaternity Bettine, Alexa jumpsuit and playsuit, and Joe pyjama bottoms and shorts.  

What should I do if I find an error on your pattern?

Thanks for spotting that! We put tons of work into producing, testing and proofing each pattern. Alas we’re only human and mistakes happen, so if you think something is amiss please drop us a line so we can fix it. Any errors will be listed on the errata page. Thanks so much for your help!


Are the individual patterns shown here included in your books?

The patterns in the books are new and exclusive, and won't be available to buy as individual paper or PDF patterns. 

Do I have to download the patterns in your books?

Nope, the pattern sheets are included in the back of the book. They are printed on both sides of the paper though so it's a good idea to trace them off before cutting them out. Make It Simple has the patterns available for download with all book purchases and you can choose from the copyshop or print-at-home files depending on what you prefer.  Instructions can be found on page 9. Digital patterns are not available for Love at First or Stretch! and there are no plans to release these.

How do I use the patterns in your books if they are printed on both sides of paper?

Because sewing books feature lots of patterns, they are usually printed double sided or overlapping to keep the price down. To use them, all you need to do is trace them off first onto a large piece of paper - or trace them directly onto the fabric using dressmaker's carbon and a tracing wheel.

What languages does your book come in?

Love at First Stitch is currently available in UK English, US/Canadian English, French, CzechDanishDutch, FinnishGerman, Norwegian and Swedish.

Stretch! is currently available in UK English, Czech and German.

Why don't you make it available in Spanish/Italian/Russian...?

We'd absolutely love to, but we don't publish the books ourselves. The way it works is that a foreign language publisher buys the rights from our UK publisher. If you know of an international publisher who might be interested, please do tell them about the book!


How long does an online workshop take to complete?

That’s up to you! The beauty of the format is that you can tailor it to your pace and learning preference. The course is broken down into manageable, bite-size lessons – you may like to spread them out over five to ten evenings. Alternatively if you’d prefer a crash course all in one go, I’d suggest setting aside a weekend to follow the lessons and make your first top. Remember there’s no deadline and you can revisit the lessons whenever you like, so you can fit it around your other commitments.

What if I can’t finish the course straight away?

That’s fine! The course will be around for a long time – you’ll have access to it for as long as it’s available. We can’t guarantee “lifetime access”, you know, in case of a digital apocalypse or something, but we don’t plan to take the content down any time soon. We will give you a few months’ notice if for any reason we do decide to take the workshop down, so you’ll have plenty of time.

Will I get direct feedback on my own makes or sewing questions? Is there a student forum?

Some of the lessons include a discussion area for you to leave comments, ask questions, share photos of what you’re making, and chat to other participants. We will drop in every few days to answer burning questions and join in the discussion, but please note that this is a group course, and we may not be able to reply to every comment or question. We want to keep the price of the online workshops accessible, so we’re not able to cover salaries for staff to constantly monitor the discussion area. If you have a burning question or technical issue, you can of course email us and we’ll be happy to help.

Will I be charged any additional transaction fees?

We won’t charge you any additional fees, but there’s a chance that your bank may charge you a small additional currency conversion or foreign payment fee, depending on their policies. Please check with your bank if you’re unsure.

Can I book a place on the workshop and share it with friends?

Purchasing a place on an online workshop entitles you to individual access – one place is not to be shared between more than one person. The content is copyright and not to be copied, shared or distributed, whether you profit from it or not.

What’s your refund policy on online workshops?

Please see our returns policy under ‘Returning digital products’.

I’d love you to do an online workshop on…

That’s great, we’d love to hear your suggestions – drop us a line!


Can I sell garments I’ve made from Tilly and the Buttons patterns?

Sorry, but Tilly and the Buttons patterns are licensed for individual use only, and can only be used to make garments for yourself or as gifts. The garments you make from the patterns cannot be sold to others.

I own a shop – please can I sell your patterns and/or books?

Thank you so much for your interest! Please drop us a line at wholesale {at} tillyandthebuttons.com and we'll send you our wholesale information.

Can I teach a sewing class using your sewing patterns / the sewing patterns in your book?

Yes, you can! Each student will have to buy their own copy of the pattern or book as they are licensed for individual use only. If you plan to include the pattern/book in the price of the course, we can offer a wholesale discount on bulk purchases - please drop us a line at wholesale {at} tillyandthebuttons.com for further information. Please be sure to credit the pattern to Tilly and the Buttons and use the pattern/book's correct name in the class description.


I'm stuck on a sewing problem...

Our printed sewing patterns come with detailed guides that walk you through each step in photos and provide extra sewing tips to help you out. If the sewing problem you're having isn't covered there, take a look at our blog where we share tons of tutorials and sewalongs. I hope this helps!

Where do you suggest I buy fabric?

Some of our favourite online fabric shops are featured on the right hand side of Tilly's blog. Have fun!

I've got a complaint or a suggestion for improving your business...

Please drop us a line, we're always interested to hear your feedback and ideas to help us improve what we offer. Thank you!

Can you give me some advice on blogging / developing a line of sewing patterns / starting a business?

For advice on blogging, you can watch a video of me sharing my top tips on blogging with designer-maker businesses at the Folksy Summer School 2013. As for developing a line of sewing patterns, there's no single route to get into it, but personally I have a professional background in designing learning programmes, experience teaching beginner sewing, and I trained in pattern drafting at the London College of Fashion. I've written a post sharing my tips for turning a hobby into a business. You might also be interested to listen to an interview I've done for the Blogtacular podcast. Wishing you the best of luck!

If your question isn’t answered here, it may be in the FAQ on the blog.