25 January 2017

My Needlecord Rosa Dress

Tilly's needlecord Rosa dress - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons

Mmm... aubergine needlecord... 

Like many in the online sewing community, I fell in love with this fabric when we started putting it in our Cleo sewing kits, and decided to put some aside so I could make myself a Rosa shirt dress, inspired by this one. The needlecord is relatively lightweight and feels silky soft to the touch. I love how it's turned out!

I made the facings in a floral Liberty lawn to add pretty details to the insides. If you can't afford to make a whole shirt in Liberty fabric, making just the facings in it is a great way to get your florals fix on a budget :) I love the contrast between the feminine facings and more industrial-looking hammer-on jeans buttons.

Tilly's needlecord Rosa dress - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons

Tilly's needlecord Rosa dress - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons

I made the full length sleeve version with cuffs - this is a free pattern bonus and tutorial that we published on the blog recently for those of you fancy making a Rosa for cooler weather. (The sleeves are three-quarter length with casual roll-up cuffs in the original pattern.)

Tilly's needlecord Rosa dress - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons
Tilly's needlecord Rosa dress - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons

If you follow me on Instagram Stories, you may have seen that these cuff facings weren't actually meant to look like this. I was sewing in the evening when I was tired and my mind was elsewhere - obviously not a sensible plan in retrospect! As I wasn't concentrating on what I was doing, I accidentally sewed the cuff facings to the right side of the fabric - they were meant to be hidden on the inside.

I considered starting again with new sleeves... for all of five seconds... and decided that this mistake was now a "design feature" ;) Life is just too short to worry about little things like that. And now that I've finished my dress, I really like the contrast cuff facings!
 Tilly's needlecord Rosa dress - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons
Rosa shirt dress - Tilly and the Buttons
Tilly's needlecord Rosa dress - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons

PS. If you want some help making your own Rosa dress, take a look at my video workshop, Sew Your Own Shirt or Shirt Dress, for tons of techniques, tips and tricks on two-piece collars, pointed yokes, sleeves, buttonholes and more!

8 comments:

  1. Tilly this is SO cute and guess what? I have your Rosa pattern AND I have about 4 m. of corduroy just washed and ready for a shirt but I like the idea of a dress better. I was even considering making it sleeveless but now looking at how nice it looks with sleeves I'm reconsidering - thank you for this inspiration and now I'm feeling more confident about making one up in this fabric. I saw you last night on the British Sewing Bee! I'm in Canada so I'm sure it's from years ago but it was fun actually seeing you ;)

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  2. Love it! What a great colour!

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  3. Love it! Corduroy is one of my favourite fabrics and just right for this kind of weather - I'm assuming you've got the save freezing temperatures your side of the UK. By the way, I really like that "design feature", just love little features like that on clothes - makes them feel extra special.

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  4. Beautiful! I love the design element of the sleeve cuff facing--mishap or not, they look amazing!

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  5. Beautiful colour. I'm loving the liberty and the new 'design feature'. Would have had me fooled if you hadn't said it was really a mistake.

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  6. I wasn't interested in this pattern until I saw your "mistake." I like to glance through the photos first then read the article. When I first saw the picture, I thought it was a design choice, and I liked it! Definitely will have to make a dress/shirt with this design.

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  7. Ooh, where did you get that lovely needlecord?

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  8. I have just finished making the Rosa shirt-dress in needle cord, a liberty print that I got on sale yay! mine is floral all over, red and yellow autumn tones. I did the full length sleeves too, and also being tired managed to do it so that on one sleeve the opening was on the front and the other on the back. After a major freak out, I decided to add another set of cuff openings on each pair so they were on the front and the back and then added the actually cuff on holding the back opening together. I really love the way it turned out! From a fashion mishap to a fashion statement! I got the aubergine Cleo kit for Christmas and it is one of my favourite outfits to wear now. I would love to have a go at that colour for a Rosa dress. First though Zadie calls me. :) p.s. loving the buttons!

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