Tilly and the Buttons Patterns in Stock


Brand new and shining on the shelves of Emporia like a bright beacon of gorgeousness are three Tilly Walnes patterns! Simple enough for new sewers, these three stylish designs also make for interesting projects for more experienced crafters with their contemporary looks and classic lines.

Tilly, better know by her blogging title Tilly and the Buttons, was one of the contestants on the first ever series of The Great British Sewing Bee and despite going out about half way through the show has gone on to become something of a smash hit in the sewing world. When she featured on the show she got Patrick and May all excited when she used a self drafted pattern in the blouse challenge, and it’s this blouse she has now transformed into a commercial pattern and turned herself into a legitimate independent designer.


The Mathilde blouse is a cute retro style design, featuring delicate tucks on the front bodice and loose styled three quarter length sleeves. Perfect to make up in cotton, silk, polyester or viscose, the Mathilde could easily take on many jobs in your wardrobe as a dressier piece to pair with jeans or to add to a formal look for work. Plus of course it gives you extra room for choosing seven delicious buttons that function as back closures.


For those that don’t like the faff of making buttons holes or even inserting a zip, the Coco dress is just the thing. Designed to be made from stretch material, so there are no fastenings to make up, the clean lines and cute details of the patch pockets allow the fabric to do all the work for you. Change it up or down from a dress to a top, add a sixties style funnel roll neck or stick with the elegant boat neckline – the choice is yours!


The final Tilly pattern is the folksy style Miette skirt. A really clever design that once again features no fastenings, this wrap skirt can see you through summer to autumn, winter and back around to spring. You can make it up in cotton, denim or linen to suit, and with or without pockets. Simply stylish with its wrap around belt and flattering A line fit, this skirt is set to be a big hitter.

Which is why we are dedicating a whole new workshop to teaching you how to make it. Taking place from 2pm – 5pm on Saturday 18th October, Sally from The Sewing Machine is back in the shop and ready to take you through all the necessary steps for making this fabulous skirt. The class is priced at £40.00 and includes a copy of the pattern for you to use and take away, ready to make as many Miettes as you want at home. If you fancy getting to grips with this classic Tilly design, pop into the shop and get yourself a place – we are sure to get fully booked on this class soon.

For full information on this class and all the other workshops taking place this autumn, click on the Classes page at the top of the blog.


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