19 April 2016

Trimming Ideas for the Martha Dress

Trimming ideas for the Martha dress - sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons
I designed the Martha dress with fancy embellishments in mind. That central panel is just screaming out for decorations! Think lace, ruffles, faux button opening, embroidered trims...

Before stitching the trim to the blue Martha dress used on the cover of the sewing pattern, we played around with a few different placements. Here are some ideas we tried...

Martha dress - sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

... plain and simple...

Trimming ideas for the Martha dress - sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

... following the style lines of the princess seams...

Trimming ideas for the Martha dress - sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

... highlighting the bodice seams and waistline...

Trimming ideas for the Martha dress - sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

... decorating the front panel (I adore this one!)...

Trimming ideas for the Martha dress - sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

... and this is the one we went with in the end, keeping the body of the dress plain and trimming the collar and sleeves. I love it so much, I made one exactly the same for myself and wore it to a wedding on New Year's Eve :)

I hope you're feeling inspired! If you make a Martha dress, we'd love to see it - tag us on Instagram @TillyButtons #SewingMartha, and join us for the Instaspam Party on Saturday 7 May!

Click to play the GIF! Trimming ideas for the Martha dress - sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

5 comments:

  1. I love this dress so much ! The trimming around the mock neck is my favorite ! x

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  2. I LOVE the decorated front panel version! Endless possibilities! Can't wait to start sewing my own for the Instaspam party.<3

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  3. Hi Tilly and company! I'll need your advice please. I'm about to make my first Martha for a very special occasion. I've actually found a georgette in a similar blue shade to the lovely one above. However, because it is pretty sheer, I'd appreciate your thoughts and tips about lining it. What fabric should I use, and should I attach it to the dress or otherwise? Thank you for your time! You all have got a big fan over here in Pennsylvania, USA :)

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    1. Aw thank you! You could use a similar lightweight drapey fabric in a nude or light colour.

      If you know about pattern cutting, you could draft your own lining pattern (basically the pattern pieces minus the neckline facings and with a shorter hem.

      Or what would be easier is to underline it - basically that means cutting the same pieces in the lining fabric (not the collar), tacking them to the main pieces within the seam allowances, then sewing them as one. You can leave the skirt lining hem free of the main skirt for some added swishiness, and just hem it a little shorter.

      Or you could just wear a slip under it ;)

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    2. Perfect, thank you for your help ^__^

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