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Tilly Walnes

Tilly Walnes is a DIY dressmaker and author of the hugely popular sewing blog Tilly and the Buttons. Tilly teaches dressmaking both online and offline, designs her own sewing patterns, and appeared as a contestant on the first series of The Great British Sewing Bee. Find more tips, tutorials, and dressmaking inspiration at

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  • Love at First Stitch

    Love at First Stitch


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About the Author

On a whim and feeling the urge to fill a creative void, Tilly Walnes signed up for a three-day dressmaking course. It was love at first stitch. Her newfound joy in sewing her own clothes—but lack of friends who could also sew—led Tilly to start her blog, Tilly and the Buttons, so that she could share her experiences and swap tips with other would-be dressmakers. Within three years of first threading a needle, Tilly’s blog is the most popular sewing blog in the UK and she appeared as a contestant in the first season of The Great British Sewing Bee, the only contestant to design and draft her own garment designs. Between teaching dressmaking classes at sewing schools in both London and Birmingham, Tilly is developing her own line of dressmaking patterns.