Tilly and the Buttons Indigo dress

Tilly and the Buttons Indigo dress

I can see a trend starting here. I think of the patterns I’ve used so far, those by Tilly and the Buttons definitely reflect my go-to style. I was looking for something to wear to a friend’s 30th and thought the Indigo smock would be the perfect match for this spotty, drapey viscose I had waiting in my stash. The fabric is from Minerva and has a beautiful drape, so it was a nice challenge for me to work with a less structured material.

The Indigo pattern is really versatile offering two styles of dress and top, finished with frill or gathered seams and flounce or bracelet sleeves – and let’s not forgot optional pockets! You can alter the hem length to suit, so whether you want a tunic top or midi-dress there are options for every occasion.

I couldn’t resist the exposed frill seams and flounce sleeves. I opted for the midi dress which featured a subtle curved empire waistline and oh so floaty gathered skirt. With no fiddly fastenings the dress is relatively simple to piece together. I did a little bit after work each night and managed to have it all sewn up in a week.

I’m still learning new techniques with every make and with this one it was all about the gathers. I’m sure many will agree that the gathers were the most time-consuming – though totally worth it – element of the pattern’s construction. It requires you to sew three rows of colour-contrasting stitches leaving long tails at each end which can then be gently pulled to create gathers. Once you’ve done this, you can then sew your permanent stitch in a matching colour thread before removing all of the gathered stitches. Pour yourself a generous cup of tea and the unpicking of the gathered stitches is actually quite relaxing!

I really love how the hemline drops slightly at the back, it’s such a nice feature. I’m not that confident yet in altering a pattern to suit my exact measurements but one thing I would change next time is to widen the shoulder seams as the top of the sleeves are a little snug.

I’m really pleased with how this one turned out, it’s so comfy and works a treat as dressy or casual wear.

Thanks for reading! xx

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