23 September 2016

Fabric Shopping for the Rosa Shirt + Dress

Rosa sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

Making the Rosa shirt or dress? Let's talk fabrics!

This pattern works well in so many easy-to-find fabrics. Look for a medium- or light-weight woven material - cotton lawn, chambray, lighter weight denim (including denims with a bit of stretch), linen blends (less prone to wrinkling than pure linen!), viscose / rayon (although it's not the easiest fabric to sew the collar in if you're not that confident), double gauze, shirting cotton (of course!), even fine needlecord.

Rosa sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

For our shirt sample, we used a floaty flamingo viscose from Dragonfly Fabrics (now sold out - sorry!). On the dress version, we used a lightweight denim courtesy of Fabrics Galore. We used contrast fabric on the inner collar stand and button stand facing - Ciara B cotton lawn, courtesy of Liberty.

Rosa sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons
When deciding what fabric to choose, it's helpful to stare at the technical drawing (above) and let your imagination run free. How would it look in different colours? What sorts of prints would you love to wear it in? Do you want to add any decorative features, such as a contrast button stand facing and inner collar stand, piped seams or embroidered yokes?

Another tip - as the princess seams break up both the front and back bodice, a smaller print is better than a larger one, so you don't have to spend ages matching the print at the seams :)

Here are a few lovely ideas we've found around the internet. Please bear in mind that we haven’t personally handled most of the fabrics in this post - so it’s worth requesting a sample to check it's not too heavy for a shirt and that the colour is how it looks on screen.

Take a look at the pattern info for how much fabric you'll need.



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Fabric shopping for the Rosa shirt pattern
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Fabric shopping for the Rosa shirt pattern
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Fabric shopping for the Rosa shirt pattern
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Navy and white printed cotton / Linen chambray

What fabric are you planning to make your Rosa shirt or dress in? We'd love to see - tag us on Instagram @TillyButtons #SewingRosa :)

PS. There's still time to grab your place on our new online workshop, Sew Your Own Shirt or Shirt Dress!

6 comments:

  1. Excited to be in the workshop! I bought a beautiful aqua blue linen-cotton blend for this project. Can I pair a pure cotton contrast collar with that? Or will the difference in material cause issues? Thank you!

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    1. That sounds so lovely! It should be okay, but it's hard to say for sure without feeling the fabrics. What you can do is make a test sample with both fabrics and see how they turn out. A walking foot can help avoid rippled seams that you might get with some contrast fabric types. I found that a lighter weight lawn felt nicer to wear on the inside of one of my own versions, as opposed to a slightly heavier medium weight cotton - but that's a personal preference thing.

      Looking forward to having you on the workshop!

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    2. Great idea! I have extra fabric, so I'll give the test swatch a shot. And I'll keep the lighter weight cotton in mind as well!

      Thanks for answering my question, and looking forward to learning a lot!

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  2. I had already bought one of your suggested fabrics before I received the email - what a coincidence!

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    1. Haha that's so funny! Which one did you go for?

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  3. I'm really struggling attaching the yoke to the back bodice. The fabric pieces don't seem to fit and the bodice keeps puckering.

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