MEET TEAM BUTTONS

Get to know Team Buttons - the gorgeous people behind the patterns, who work hard to bring our business dreams to life, helping you learn to sew your own clothes!
Director
Tilly Walnes

Tilly runs the company, overseeing strategy and creative direction. She is the author of three sewing books, Love at First Stitch, Stretch! and Make It Simple, and writes and presents instructions for our patterns, workshops and blog. Tilly has been named 'Most Inspirational Sewing Personality' in the British Sewing Awards and appeared on the first series of BBC2’s The Great British Sewing Bee in 2013. She has been writing about sewing since 2010 and has nearly 20 years’ experience of designing courses and learning resources. She is a Clore Fellow, and previously worked for the Independent Cinema Office, British Film Institute and V&A.

She is a mum to two little boys who keep her very busy when she's not working. Oh and she’s addicted to stripes.

Product Manager (on maternity leave)
Nikki Hoar

Nikki joined us after working in legal publishing for 9 years in editorial and project coordination roles. Her day-to-day is spent coordinating the development and production of our sewing patterns, books and online workshops, from conception to launch.

In her spare time, she loves sewing (well, durrr) and is particularly fond of sewing coats, jackets and all the dresses. 

Office Manager
Kate Hughes

Kate became a member of the team after previously working at Sipsmith Gin and the Green Party, where she honed her office management, HR and finance skills. She manages our London studio, looks after our lovely customers, organises our shows and does lots of other things behind the scenes to keep the team happy and the company running smoothly.

And when she's not doing that, Kate is at home sewing a pair of Safiya's or two (or eight!) in-between playing with her pet Chihuahuas Poppy and Teddy. 

Marketing Manager
Rhi Pardoe

Rhi helps guide the brand’s strategic direction and marketing, joining Team Buttons with a lot of experience in brand management. She's an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

In her spare time, Rhi loves wearing one of her many Indigos to gigs and festivals, obsessing over her Animal Crossing island, or drawing cute things. She learned to sew using our patterns and is excited to introduce the brand to everybody who dreams of learning to make their own clothes.


Product Manager (maternity cover)
Frances Buddery

Frances joined the team after interning at Tilly Towers in 2019 and is now responsible for coordinating the development and production of our sewing patterns, books and online workshops.

In her spare time, she loves getting stuck into a chunky sewing project (which may or may not be accompanied by a trashy reality TV show on in the background!)

Content Producer
Abi Dyson

Abi is our content creator and go-to Button across all our social media platforms, keeping you updated on the latest TATB news, answering your messages and interacting with our lovely followers on a daily basis. She also whips up our email newsletters and keeps the blog updated with sewing tutorials, handy tips and loads of inspiration for your latest makes.

Abi joined us after managing her own small businesses and creating content for her own popular sewing blog and YouTube channel. When she's not stalking your makes on Insta, you'll find her hoarding floral viscose fabrics and knitting up a storm.

Office Assistant
Marcela Solarte

As our Office Assistant, Marcela packs and ships all of our lovely customers' and stockists' orders, keeps the studio looking spick and span and is there to lend a helping hand to the rest of Team Buttons.

When she's not in the office she's sewing and hacking patterns for herself and her kiddies. You may also recognise her as the gorgeous face of our Billie & Lyra sewing patterns!