21 May 2020

Tilly's Nautical Chic Alexa Jumpsuit

Tilly's Nautical Chic Alexa Jumpsuit - sewing pattern by Tilly and the ButtonsTilly's Nautical Chic Alexa Jumpsuit - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons

Serving up naval officer realness with my latest make - the Alexa jumpsuit sewing pattern.

Inspired by the simplicity of the black version we made for our gorgeous real gal model Selena (as seen on the shop page - linked above), I was originally going to make exactly the same jumpsuit, but at last minute I pivoted and settled on navy instead.

The fabric is a linen viscose blend that I bought from Lamazi Fabrics. I found the gold buttons in my stash - they are flat-topped with little shanks, and were perfect for the look I had in mind.

Tilly's Nautical Chic Alexa Jumpsuit - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons

17 May 2020

Fitting the Alexa Jumpsuit or Playsuit

Fitting Alexa jumpsuit playsuit romper - Tilly and the Buttons

Making the Alexa jumpsuit or playsuit and want some extra tips on how to get a good fit? Well, look no further. This blog post is going to cover some of the most common fitting adjustments you might want to make to this sewing pattern.

Please don't feel like you need to do many of these adjustments, or even any at all! Our bodies are wonderfully unique and you'll probably find that only a few (or none) of the following adjustments will apply to you. We've covered the most common adjustments so they're there to help you if you need it.

In this post we're going to cover:
  • Making a (wearable) toile - or not! 
  • Choosing your size
  • Lengthening or shortening pattern pieces
  • How to combine pattern sizes
  • Bust adjustments
  • Trouser fitting adjustments
Fitting Alexa jumpsuit playsuit romper - Tilly and the Buttons

15 May 2020

Common Trouser Fitting Adjustments

Common fitting adjustments for trousers, pants or shorts - Tilly and the Buttons

Do you like the idea of making trousers or pants, but feel a little nervous about the prospect of fitting them? Well, fear not, as help is here! This blog post will cover the most common fitting adjustments you may need to do when sewing trousers.

We've covered a few different fitting adjustments here, but don't feel like you have to try them all! You may not need to make any alterations to your pattern, or perhaps you feel you need to do just one or two tweaks.

If you're not sure whether you'll need to make some alterations, or even what adjustments you might need, it's a good idea to make a "toile" - a mock-up garment in a similar weight fabric you don't mind using to test the fit - so you can see how a particular pattern works on you. It's more important if you're making something with a close-fitting crotch and bum area, like the Jessa trousers and shorts, but not as vital if you're making a looser fitting garment, such as the Alexa jumpsuit or playsuit, Marigold jumpsuit or Safiya trousers. Looser fitting trousers have more ease and often lower crotches, making them more forgiving when it comes to fitting - yay! For these types of trousers, you might want to make a "wearable toile", perhaps in an inexpensive but pretty fabric that you won't mind wearing if it all works out beautifully.

Ready to dive in and learn how to do some common trouser fitting adjustments? Sure you are! Let's go...

Lengthening the front crotch
Common fitting adjustments for trousers, pants or shorts - Tilly and the Buttons

13 May 2020

Inspiration and Fabrics for Making Alexa

Inspiration and fabrics for making the Alexa jumpsuit + playsuit - Tilly and the Buttons

Do you want to join the jumpsuit trend but haven't quite found the right one to stitch up yet? Say hello to Alexa, a jumpsuit or playsuit (romper) with utility-inspired details that is easy to fit and wear!

If you haven't already been introduced to Alexa, then make sure you read all the juicy deets, including the fabric requirements in our previous post.

The beauty of this pattern is that you can make a jumpsuit or a playsuit, so it will see you through spring, summer and early Autumn. As with so many of our patterns, the fabric really changes the look and feel of the finished garment. You can pick a linen that will give it a lovely summery feel, a Tencel that's packed with drape which will look oh so smart and chic, or a crisp chambray that is perfect for picnics.

Alexa is a stylish pattern that will have you as feeling as cool as a cucumber when you wear it. We have a LOT of inspiration for you to kick start your project planning.

We have not seen these gorgeous fabrics up close, so it's worth requesting a sample from the lovely independent fabrics shops we have been window shopping at.

Grab a cocktail or mocktail and enjoy this fun selection!
Inspiration and fabrics for making the Alexa jumpsuit + playsuit - Tilly and the Buttons
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Nothing makes you feel fresher in summer than a bright white. A pretty white playsuit in a linen, lyocell (Tencel), or even lined eyelet would be so nice and breezy for the hottest summer days. The great think about such a stark colour is you can have fun with accessories to accentuate your look, or keep it clean for a modern look.