14 July 2016

A Floral Fifi Set for Summer

Fifi pyjamas - sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons
Fifi pyjamas - sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons
I’ve been meaning to show you my latest Fifi pyjamas for ages but I’ve been too busy wearing them!

The fabric choice is a bit of a departure from my usual stripes and spots obsession, but I think it’s sooo pretty and works really well with the pattern. It’s a floaty cotton lawn from John Lewis, with navy cotton poplin used to make the bias binding straps. Cotton lawns and voiles are perfect for the Fifi sewing pattern – you want something that feels nice against your skin, lightweight, preferably with a bit of drape.

Fifi pyjamas - sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons
Fifi pyjamas - sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

I made these at the Saturday Sew-In we did at John Lewis a few weeks ago to launch Tilly and the Buttons sewing patterns in their stores. You can buy our patterns in 14 John Lewis shops around the UK, as well as on their website. Thanks so much to those of you who’ve been emailing us or tagging us into pictures when you spot the patterns in your local store – we really appreciate you being our eyes on the ground!

Fifi pyjamas - sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons
Fifi pyjamas - sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons
Fifi pyjamas - sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

Fifi is still my favourite pattern to sew. I love making the cute little delicate details – the dainty bias binding straps, the pleated cups and back bodice princess seams to add shape, the teeny curved hems and French seam finishes. Plus it’s so little that you don’t have huge pieces of fabric hanging off your sewing table, which is a bonus!

Fifi pyjamas - sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

I’ve got four Fifi sets now and I’ve been wearing them interchangeably every night of the Spring and Summer so far. My next one is going to be made in peach coloured silk with black lace scalloped edge. Or that’s the plan anyway... wish me luck!

9 comments:

  1. This is lovely! I finish work for 6 weeks on Wednesday and I'm going to get out the sewing machine. Would you recommend this pattern or the bettine for ease? (I've used a sewing machine once before, a loooong time ago). Also, do you know which JL stock your patterns in store? Thanks :)

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    1. Hi kwheeloffortune!

      Woohoo, 6 weeks off! What great plans you have :) the Bettine dress is a better pattern for beginners or those getting back into the swing of it, and comes together very quickly. The Fifi set is great for improvers, as it involves techniques such as French seams and sewing bias cut fabric, so it's a great one to move on to when you're ready to advance your skills.

      Our patterns are currently stocked in these John Lewis stores:

      Oxford Street, Bluewater, Cribbs Causeway, Edinburgh, Milton Keynes, Welwyn, Southampton, Kingston, Cheadle, Newbury, Solihull, Horsham, Basingstoke, High Wycombe

      But I'd suggest giving them a quick ring before making the trip especially, to make sure they are still in stock!

      Happy stitching! xx

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  2. Hi Tilly,
    I really love the Tilly and the Button patterns, but I'm so sad that Liverpool John Lewis does not stock your patterns! Is there any way I could provide some feedback and say how much I would like for them to be stocked in the Liverpool branch? There really isn't a lot going on in Liverpool concerning beginners dressmaking, so your patterns would be so welcome in a physical store us-enthusiasts could visit :)
    Carly x

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    1. Hello Carly!

      It's great to hear that you're a fan, and yes, we would love that! The best thing to do is to contact John Lewis directly, and let them know that you'd like to see the patterns stocked in the Liverpool branch. You can pop in to their haberdashery department and tell the manager, or give the Customer Service department a call to let them know!

      Thanks so much for your support :)

      xx

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  3. So this is going to sound like I have a problem (I do, I admit it), but I'm about to go abroad for two weeks and realise that I can't take my sewing machine with me. I feel panic! I want a proj ft I can try and sew by hand - if nothing else it might help me improve my rather wonky hand sewing. What do you think? If I pre-cut Fifi, do you think she could be put together by hand (next to pool with a gin and tonic in one hand?)

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    1. Hi Nina,

      Oh no! We can totally empathise, but unfortunately I don't think Fifi is going to be a very good hand sewing project, as it'll really needs to be sewn on a machine so that it doesn't fall apart when worn. Why not take along something you've already made, and try your hand at some embroidery to personalise your makes? We recently posted a picture on Instagram of a lovely Mimi blouse with cacti embroidered on the collar, maybe something along these lines?

      I hope you have a great holiday! x

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    2. Thanks for the advice! I am not grabbed by embroidery I'm afraid. I'm going to have to think this through ... all thoughts welcome. Thanks again!

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  4. Hello, I love the Fifi pattern and would very much like to purchase it. However, I am in the US. Can I purchase from your site or is there a US site I should use? I'm not sure if Paypal will convert the cost to US dollars.
    Thanks for your help!

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    1. Hello!

      It's so great to hear that you're a fan of the Fifi! You can indeed purchase it directly from our shop, and the amount will be converted when you pay.

      I hope you enjoy sewing Fifi!

      x

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