27 February 2017

Sewing Zadie: Make the Back Dress

Sewing Zadie - Making the back dress - Tilly and the Buttons

Making the Zadie dress? I’m going to show you how to put together the back of the dress. (Order your pattern and check out previous steps if you need to catch up!)

These steps are similar to how we made the front of the dress in the previous post – however, there are a few differences, so do pay attention! The good news is that it’s quite a bit easier than making the front dress as it doesn't have the pockets.

Sewing Zadie - Making the back dress - Tilly and the Buttons

We’re going to start by attaching the back bodice to the back skirt – lay these pieces out on your sewing table, right sides up. If you’re not sure which is the neckline and which is the waistline on the back bodice, look for the centre notch that you snipped at the cutting stage – this edge is the waistline.

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.