20 September 2016

New Sewing Pattern... and Online Workshop!

Rosa sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons
Rosa sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

I am so excited to finally introduce you to our latest crush - the Rosa sewing pattern!

Even more exciting, we've made a brand new online workshop to go with it - Sew Your Own Shirt or Shirt Dress.

So much goodness to share with you today - let's start with the pattern design...

Rosa sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons
Rosa sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

THE DESIGN


I really wanted to make a shirt that had some shaping to it, rather than a flat front.

At the same time I was dreaming of a casual shirt dress, with sleeves, that wasn't too tight on the waist because, you know, lunch.

Plus it's no secret that I love seventies style denim, and I've become particularly obsessed with denim shirt dresses recently, particularly those with interesting seams and contrast topstitching.

Rosa sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons
Rosa sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons
Rosa sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

Rosa sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

So that's how the idea for Rosa started - a button-down shirt or shirt dress with lots of interesting details:
  • Princess seams give a flattering, semi-fitted shape to the front as well as the back
  • A pointed back yoke which looks stunning highlighted with topstitching or piping
  • Separate button stand facing so you can make a feature with contrast fabric
  • Casual three quarter length sleeves with turn-up cuffs held up with narrow tabs
  • Gently curved hem on both the shirt and dress (not so curved that it looks like you've forgotten to put your trousers on, if you know what I mean!)
  • Optional pointed patch pockets
  • Mock felled seams on the inside, with optional contrast topstitching on the outside



THE WORKSHOP


As much as I love easy-peasy speedy sewing projects, sometimes I want to get stuck into a more complex project - Rosa is definitely one of those. It's a treat for confident stitchers and those who want to take their sewing to the next level.

What if you've never sewn a shirt before? Or if you have but it didn't quite work out? ;) Don't worry, we've created a brand new workshop - taught online through video lessons - to guide you through every step of its construction. You'll learn how to:
  • Construct a neat two-piece collar
  • Stitch buttonholes with confidence
  • Make a stunning pointed yoke
  • Attach sleeves easily with the flat insertion method
  • Finish with mock felled seams
  • Learn top tips for tidy topstitching
  • and lots more!

These are all really useful techniques to have in your sewing armoury, and will set you up to make lots more projects in the future.



How do online workshops work?

By signing up for the workshop, you'll be able to access a structured sewing course on a dedicated website. The workshop is taught mainly through bitesize video lessons (just the good stuff, not the boring bits!), supported by extra written tuition and downloadable course materials. Plus you'll get the Rosa sewing pattern included - choose from a print-at-home download or a printed pattern sent to you in the post.

It's just like taking a sewing class... but unlike a regular sewing class, you can take it whenever it suits you, at your own pace, however many times you like, from your own home, wherever you live, in your PJs if you like! It's a great way to fit learning and creativity around the rest of your life.




Rosa sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons
Just want the pattern?

No problem. The instructions take you through the steps, with colour photos showing what your shirt or shirt dress should look like on your sewing table at each stage of the make.

Order a printed pattern and we'll send you a gorgeous package in the post, printed on proper paper (not scrunchy, flyaway tissue). Prefer to print and assemble your patterns at home? Order the digital version and you'll get an email with your pattern to download instantly.

Rosa is also available from lots of fabric shops around the world. If your favourite shop doesn't stock it, ask them to order it!

Rosa sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

Fabrics and sizing

The pattern includes eight sizes, similar to UK 6 – 20 - you can see the measurements on the sizing chart. We've got a blog post coming up on choosing your size and adjusting to your shape, including lengthening, shortening and bust adjustments. Just a little note - since photographing the shirt dress on our lovely model, we lengthened it slightly so the hem falls just above the knee :)

You can make it in a wide range of medium- and light-weight woven fabrics - cotton lawn, chambray, lighter weight denim, linen blends, shirting cotton, viscose (rayon), double gauze, even fine needlecord. Take a look at the pattern page to find out how much fabric you need.

For the dress, we used a light denim from Fabrics Galore, with a contrast floral Liberty lawn on the inner collar stand and facing. Our sample shirt was made in a floaty flamingo viscose from Dragonfly Fabrics (now sold out, sorry). We'll talk more about fabrics soon - I've been having way too much fun imaginary fabric shopping for you!

Rosa sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

I hope you love Rosa as much as we do. It will look so lovely in so many different fabrics. I can't wait to see your creations - please share them with us on Instagram @TillyButtons using the hashtag #SewingRosa so we can all admire what you've made!

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(and get Rosa included!)


Photographer: Fanni Williams / Hair and make up: Katie for Natalie Guest / Model: Rosabella Riddington
Fabric: light denim c/o Fabrics Galore / Ciara B cotton lawn c/o Liberty (used on inner collar stand and button stand facing - now sold out) / flamingo viscose from Dragonfly Fabrics (now sold out)
Shoes & accessories: model's own (I've always wanted to write that!)
Special thanks to our amazing pattern testers for your help! x x x

17 comments:

  1. I just received my pattern - I got the class deal - and can't wait for the online class to start, I'm going to muslin it in preparation:). Gorgeous design, Tilly! So cute and so flattering:). Thanks for great service, Tilly team!

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    1. Hooray! Looking forward to seeing what you make, Francesca.

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  2. I really like that this is a shirt dress that isn't gathered in the back. Very nice. However I do not care for 3/4 sleeves. Do you think you'll have a blog post about how to make this pattern with long, short, or no sleeves?

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    1. Yes indeedy! We're planning a post on making the sleeves full length and adding cuffs - look out for that one.

      For short sleeves, all you need to do is take up the sleeves and hem them.

      To make it sleeveless, basically you need to:
      1) Remove about 1cm from the shoulder width and redraw the armhole curve
      2) Take out a small wedge/dart on the pattern around the centre of the back armhole
      3) Finish the armholes either with binding or by making a facing.
      We'll try to do a sleeveless hack post next Summer :)

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  3. I wanted a redo on my comment. I really like the pattern and the work you put into it. The stitching is great and the way the pattern fits is nice. The pictures of front and back work well and let you know how the pattern will look when you make it. Thank you for this. Good job.- hobbiescraftsandmore.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Teri! We put a lot of work into our patterns, it's nice to have that acknowledged sometimes :)

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  4. My pattern arrived arrived yesterday. I signed up for the class too. In the meantime I will be
    reading the pattern carefully,checking size, etc until October 1st. Thank you for this lovely pattern.

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    1. Great! Looking forward to seeing what you make.

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  5. PS Your comment Tilly about 'model's own' made me smile as my sisters and I used to play fashion shows and that comment was frequently used by us.

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  6. Hi! I was wondering, do the mock felled seams have raw edges on the inside? I don't have an overlocker so always wary of an unlined princess seam! x

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    1. Hi Emily, the mock felled seams are finished on the inside - if you don't have an overlocker, you can finish the raw edges with zigzag stitch.

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  7. Hi team :) I wonder, will the broad shoulder adjustment be covered at all? I find Tilly B patterns tend to come up a bit snug/tight in the armhole and shoulder area (I have a small bust and broad shoulders for my frame). Thank you for such a lovely pattern, I'm really excited to try it out once I can crack that fitting issue!

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    1. Hi Eloise, Vanessa has written a bit about widening (or narrowing) the shoulders - take a look at the Rosa fitting post. If that doesn't fix it for you, check out the fitting books recommended at the bottom of the post - it's definitely worth getting a whole book on the subject so you can work out what will work for your shape. I hope this helps!

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  8. Oh My!! I love this! The dress is so cute. I thought I wanted a shirt dress, now I know I need one! With thick tights and boots for the winter! Oh wow! And pink flamingoes - you are teasing us! Love it! Need to lie down! (and then get up and buy the pattern!)

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    1. Haha thanks for your enthusiasm! :)

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  9. Hello! I've just signed up for the online workshop and am super excited to get started! Quick question – I saw that instructions call for a buttonhole foot, a fitting that isn't available for my machine – and that hopefully I can manage without! However, I was wondering what other materials might be useful – any kind of edge/topstitching foot, for example? I'm also not sure what the difference between regular and topstitching thread is, or if the latter is needed? For the piped seam version, any particular width of piping cord? Is a piping foot needed for this? Apologies for all the questions – I've signed up to the course hoping to learn how to do all these things! Very excited!

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    1. Hi Charlotte

      Thanks for signing up to the workshop! The workshop is now live, so if you take a look at the lesson called 'Gather Your Supplies', you can download a list of everything you need. Topstitch thread is explained in the lesson on topstitching - you only need it if you want to try out contrast topstitching (otherwise you can use regular thread).

      If you'd like to pipe the seams, any width is fine. The pattern includes 15mm (5/8in) seam allowance, so tape that width is perfect, but if it's narrower you can trim the difference off the fabric seam allowances. We've got a post coming soon on piping :)

      Hope you enjoy the class!

      Tilly

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