23 February 2017

Sewing Zadie: Make the Front Dress

Sewing Zadie: Make the front dress - Tilly and the Buttons

Making the Zadie dress? Today I’m going to show you how to put together the pieces to make the front of the dress.

Not started your dress yet? Order your Zadie sewing pattern and catch up on the sewalong!

I’m including lots of photos so you can see which pieces and seams I’m referring to, but if you’re still not sure which bit I’m asking you to pin or sew, have a look at the seam labels on the pattern sheets.

Our patterns include a 15mm (5/8in) seam allowance – so sew with the raw edges lined up with the 15 or 5/8 guide on your needle plate, unless the step says otherwise. And back tack at each end of the stitching to secure it in place.

Sewing Zadie: Make the front dress - Tilly and the Buttons

20 February 2017

Sewing Zadie: Stabilise Seams and Sew Pleats

Sewing Zadie: Stabilise seams and sew pleats - Tilly and the Buttons

Ready to start making your Zadie dress? Today I’m going to walk you through the first steps – exciting!

Getting started

First things first – take your measurements, choose your size and make any initial adjustments to the pattern. Go back a couple of posts to read up on sizing and fitting for the Zadie dress.

Sewing Zadie: Stabilise seams and sew pleats - Tilly and the Buttons

16 February 2017

My Teal and Stripes Zadie Dress

Tilly's teal and stripe ponte Zadie dress - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons
Tilly's teal and stripe ponte Zadie dress - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons

The Zadie sewing pattern was a labour of love for us. The unusual style lines meant it was a complicated pattern to draft, fit and format, as any teensy change to one pattern piece had a knock-on effect on nearly every other piece. We took our time, and it was soooo worth it. Any time we got stressed about the amount of time and effort it was taking, I wore one of my Zadie dresses into the office and it all felt worthwhile. I reeeeally love this dress!

I've made four versions of the dress for myself so far - one solid red, one black and white, one in stripes, teal and pink (the same one demonstrated in the instructions), and this one - teal and striped ponte. It's such a great pattern for combining different colours and prints.

13 February 2017

Sewing Zadie: Choosing Your Size and Fitting Your Dress

Fitting the Zadie dress - Tilly and the Buttons

Making the Zadie dress? Vanessa here today to talk about how to choose your size and make any alterations you might need to get a beautiful fit.

Just to warn you, this is a loooong post - but you don't have to read it all! The good news is that knit fabrics stretch in places where they need to, so that takes away some of the fitting work for you. However, as our bodies all carry volume in different places and proportions, you may find that you need to make some tweaks to the pattern to get a personalised fit. In which case, skip to the section that you think you need in this post. Whatever you do, definitely read about choosing your size, making a toile and fitting as you sew - these are all essential!

We're going to cover:

  • Choosing your size
  • Making a toile
  • Lengthening the bodice or skirt
  • Shortening the bodice or skirt
  • Shortening the back bodice for a sway back
  • Lengthening the back bodice for a long back
  • Combining pattern sizes - the quick n easy method and the more accurate method
  • Adjusting for a full bust
  • Adjusting for a small bust
  • Making a second toile (after making changes to the paper pattern)
  • Fitting as you sew

Fitting the Zadie dress - Tilly and the Buttons
Fitting the Zadie dress - Tilly and the Buttons