Join Team Buttons

About Us

Tilly and the Buttons is one of the leading brands in the sewing world, creating stylish, easy-to-use guides to making your own clothes for the new wave of crafters.

We design a line of award-winning garment sewing patterns, sold through our online shop and to wholesale customers around the world. We have a series of popular sewing books that have been published in multiple languages, and a growing catalogue of online sewing workshops taught through video lessons. We create and share inspirational sewing content through our popular social media channels, and enjoy interacting online with a friendly, engaged and diverse community of makers across the globe.

We are a small and friendly team, with a mix of home-working and days in our South London office. Meet the Team 

We’re welcoming of all backgrounds.

Team Buttons Perks

Hybrid working between home and the studio
28 days holiday (including bank holidays) pro rata
An extra "duvet day" off per year after 2 years' service
Support for parents with our enhanced maternity leave policy
Free sewing patterns and access to our online sewing workshops, sewing machines and plotter printer for personal craft projects
Team days for bonding with colleagues, planning, and fun!
Lots of way to learn with training and development support, plus opportunities to be involved in different areas of the business

Current Opportunities




We are always on the look out for sewists to beta test the new patterns and help us tweak the fit for a range of shapes and sizes. Sewists of all levels are welcome to apply, and you do NOT need to have a large social media following or to share your finished make with others. What you DO need to have is a love of sewing, a strong attention to detail, and a willingness to sew to a deadline.

The body measurements for the top and bottom sizes in the range are the following:
UK 6: Full bust: 76cm (30in); Waist: 61cm (24in); Hips: 84cm (33in)
UK 34: Full bust: 152.5cm (60in); Waist: 134.5cm (53in); Hips: 155cm (61in)

You will be expected to sew one or more patterns to a deadline (usually around 2 weeks), check how the pattern pieces come together, look out for any formatting errors, and send us photos of the finished garment(s) on you (for our eyes only!). For new designs, you will also need to provide feedback on the clarity of the instructions.

In return for your feedback, you will receive a stipend towards fabric and supplies, a copy of the finished pattern, plus another TATB sewing pattern of your choice. 

If you would like to be considered for pattern testing, please complete the following short questionnaire. We can only take on a certain amount of sewists for each pattern test so please don't be disappointed if you don't get selected this time as there may be other opportunities to test our patterns in the future!

Pattern Tester Application Form 


We’re on the look out for models in sizes UK 18-34* for future Tilly and the Buttons sewing pattern photoshoots at our South London studio. You don't need to have any professional modelling experience, you just need to be smiley, comfortable in front of the camera, and willing to strike a pose!

Women (trans women included) of all ages (18+), disabilities and ethnicities are welcome.

You’ll need to be within a commutable distance to London (West Dulwich/West Norwood) so you can easily travel to our studio for in person fittings as well as for the photoshoot itself.

Models are paid a day rate.

*The body measurements for the model sizes we’re currently searching for are:
Full bust: 112cm to 152.5cm (44-60in)
Waist: 94cm to 134.5cm (37-53in)
Hip: 114cm to 155cm (45-61in)

If you're interested in applying, please complete the questionnaire and upload some photos. There is currently no closing date to apply. We only run photo shoots occasionally, so if you don't hear from us straight away, you may still be contacted in the future!