22 April 2016

A Denim Yoyo Dress

Denim YoYo Dress - Tilly and the Buttons

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some peeks of this dress while I was making it. It's the Yoyo dress pattern from NZ-based Papercut Patterns, which I bought from UK stockist Sewbox. As soon as I saw the pattern, I knew I wanted to make a denim version (of course) to layer over stripey tops (naturally). And I love how it turned out!

Denim YoYo Dress - Tilly and the Buttons
Denim YoYo Dress - Tilly and the Buttons
Denim YoYo Dress - Tilly and the Buttons
Denim YoYo Dress - Tilly and the Buttons

The pattern has some really cute details - I love the exposed zip front opening and little triangular opening at the bottom. I made a toile first, which allowed me to make a few tweaks to my preference - for example, fitting the bodice to better suit my shape (I didn't want to make it too tight though, as I want to be able to layer the dress over knitwear too) and raising the armholes to hide my bra in case I want to wear this on its own in the Summer. 

I also scooped out the shape of the neckline a little. The original design has more of a V neckline with wider shoulders, style lines which work really well with the other triangular elements of the design, but which I didn't think suited me.

Denim YoYo Dress - Tilly and the Buttons
Denim YoYo Dress - Tilly and the Buttons
Denim YoYo Dress - Tilly and the Buttons

This is one of those makes where the inside is as pretty as the outside. It's finished with a facing, which I decided to trim with gold sparkly bias binding that I bought at Anna Ka Bazaar on the Paris sewing lovers trip. Shame you can't really see how sparkly it is in the photos - it's disco!!

I really love this dress, and have been getting quite a bit of wear out of it. If you make it, a little tip for you - when you're topstitching the facing to the dress, sew it with the facing on top. I made the mistake of sewing it with the dress on top as I wanted to see where the topstitching was going on the right side, which resulted in a bit of diagonal rippling. It's not a massive deal - you can see the ripples in the photos, but they aren't that obvious in real life. But had I sewn it with the facing on top, the interfacing would have stabilised the layers and fed them through the machine at the same time so that the dress one didn't get pulled diagonally like that. Learn from my mistake! (You're welcome.)

Denim YoYo Dress - Tilly and the Buttons

Ooh and the pattern also includes a skirt variation. Think I'll have to make that at some point too! Have you made this pattern? What fabric did you use?

12 comments:

  1. Interesting details and a great look overall! This one's going straight to my "Dresses to Sew" board on Pinterest!

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  2. You are as cute as a button, Tilly! What a great dress.

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  3. It's really pretty! I think it would look great without the layers as well; it would be kind of boho yet modern. It's great finding patterns like these that can look vintage, classic, and modern depending on how they're sewn and styled.

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  4. I really like the skirt portion of this pattern. Great dress, Tilly! It's nice to see some of your personal projects on the blog along with your brand projects!

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  5. Beautiful dress! So far, I only made the skirt (https://lassemista.wordpress.com/2016/02/27/grey-in-grey/) and the dress version is still in the making (for ages now). I made the skirt out of some cool wool and the dress out of lace, underlined and it'll get a full lining as well. It's very summery, so I guess that's why I haven't touched it for so long - but the days are getting warmer, so it's time to get back to it! And thanks for the tip - haven't yet topstitched it...

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    1. Ooh the skirt looks great in grey - love it!

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  6. Super cute and it's nice to see some of your personal sewing on the blog. Have you tried topstitching with a walking foot? You might not get all ripply that way :)

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    1. That's a good idea, Siobhan - I should have used the dual feed foot on my machine. Next time!

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  7. What a sweet dress! Love the fabric choice & styling the top underneath <3

    xo

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  8. I love this dress, but it doesn't come in larger sizes. I had a dress similar to this in the late 80's and it was my favorite.

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  9. Pretty but I think it would look better on you with a little belt or something

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  10. Yay NZ! What a great pattern, and just immaculate details and finish as always!

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