25 April 2018

Five Freyas for Louise

Me, myself + Freya - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons
I have a confession to make… I am completely obsessed with making Freyas – anyone else with me?

It's Louise here, the sales and communications manager at Tilly and the Buttons. Last month we launched our latest book – Stretch! Make Yourself Comfortable Sewing with Knit Fabrics – and have been busy bees collectively getting our sew on so I thought I'd share my makes with you : )

Freya dresses - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons


I have made a total of three dresses so far (don’t worry there will more) and two sweaters. I have soooo much love for the other patterns but there is something about Freya that gets my sewjo going!

Freya sweater and Mila dungarees - sewing patterns by Tilly and the Buttons
My first Stretch! make was this goes-under-anything Freya top in paint splatter cotton jersey from Sew Crafty. I made the mock neck 3/4 sleeve version and knew that this was the start of a beautiful friendship! It was such a satisfying sew and came together beautifully. I love wearing this under my teal needlecord Mila dungarees - Freya and Mila were MADE to go together!

Freya dress - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons

I made my first Freya dress out of this insanely gorgeous soft mustard jacquard jersey from Sew Crafty. I love the oh so easy-to-wear a-line shape of the skirt - it is so comfortable yet stylish.

Freya dress - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons
Next came a babydoll Freya dress which was inspired by the Agnes dress hack. I wanted the top of the skirt to sit just above my waist so cut the pattern to this point (and included seam allowances) and then added a skirt by gathering two rectangles of fabric. Check out the Agnes dress hack post for a step-by step tutorial!

My babydoll is made from blue tulip knit organic fabric which was sent to me by the lovely Monaluna fabrics and I just love how the gathered skirt turned out - it's perfect for swooshing!

Freya dress - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons

Can you tell I loved this shape? I think this is my most adored Freya yet (don't tell the others). Made out of our dreamy stroke me sweater knit in lavender – I can’t tell you how soft this feels, it's one of my favourite fabrics of all time and the colour is everything!

I made this gathered skirt to sit on the waist this time - it was sooo fun playing with this hack and guess what? I want to make more!

Freya dress - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons

Paired with my mustard seamstress pin that the lovely Joy of Pink Coat Club gave me at our knit fabric pop up shop - I can't get enough of this colour combo!

Freya dress - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons

Last but not least is this sparkly Freya made out of our stardust sweater knit fabric in pale blue. I love adding something special to my outfits and this fabric ticks all the boxes... I'm already planning to make this again in the stardust sweater knit dark grey stripe (better start making room in my wardrobe)!

Any other Freya lovers out there?! Join the club and share your makes - if only to inspire my next Freya project xxx

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14 comments:

  1. I absolutely love the gathered hack, I’ll definutely be trying that one (to add to my collection of 3 Freyas)

    Thank you so much for sharing my yellow pin too - I love the lilac/yellow combo so much!

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    1. Thank you for the love Joy, I wear my pin with pride! Let me know how the Freya hack goes x

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  2. I made a Freya top out of a squishy white mystery knit with big black polka dots and I wear it as much as I can. (They'd make fun of me if I wore it to work every day but my coworkers don't know how much it gets worn after work and on the weekends, so more snuggle polka dot time for me!)

    Tonight I'm putting together a Freya dress using another squishy mystery knit--this one is red and black and, uh, the pattern on it could best be described as "old timey bordello wallpaper," but I think the shape of the Freya dress and the addition of a big round collar and cuffs might actually turn it into something cute! ...if not super spring appropriate in color...

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    1. Ooooh squishy polka dot knit sounds like a great choice and I love the mystery : )
      Sounds like you have some great makes on the way - please do share with us on instagram (#SewingFreya) or if you want to just share with us (and encourage my Freya habit) you can email us pictures to hello@tillyandthebuttons.com : )
      P.s. welcome to the Freya club!

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  3. What % stretch fabric is the Freya pattern for? Looking at Louise's lovely makes I would have thought the splatter jersey would be a thinner and more stretchy fabric than the mustard jacquard so am curious about whether Louise mad the same size in both? All look great.

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    1. Hello there!

      Freya needs something that is made with at least 25% crosswise stretch ideally (the book shows you how to check your fabric).
      You are spot on! The splatter jersey definitely had more stretch and is lighter in weight than the mustard jacquard.
      I did make both in the same size, but with the dress I graded to a larger size on the bottom which is something I usually do. The mustard jacquard is a snug fit - but that is what I wanted and it has plenty of stretch to be comfy. I did baste with a 1cm seam allowance at first just to double check the fit but found it was fine for me to go ahead with the included 1.5cm. I would suggest always basting if you are unsure as it makes it easy to amend.

      I do love how the same pattern looks and feels in different fabrics - but as you have spotted it's worth checking size/fit when you try new fabrics - even if you have sewed the same pattern several times (or five in my case)!

      We'd love to hear what you make! x

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  4. I made a lovely Freya with the ruffle in camel ponte di roma. I love the A line skirt and it looks great with black tights and ankle boots!

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    1. This sounds like a gorgeous outfit : )
      The Freya ruffle is on my to-do list, thank you for sharing Diana x

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  5. I dont sew but those cute overalls makes me wish I did. Love those!

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    1. You should it is such a fun thing to do and anyone can give it a go! Our Cleo dungaree dress is a good beginner pattern if you like the overall look (my favourite)! x

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  6. Love these Freyas! Wondering how much fabric you used to make the Freya-Agnes hack dress? Can imagine that you've used a little bit more since the skirt is gathered. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Hi Stephanie,
    I managed to make my dresses out of 1.5m's as both the fabrics I used were wide but it was a squeeze! I would recommend getting a bit more, if you look at the fabric requirements for making the top and then add on how much you'll need for the gathered skirt (the Agnes dress hack blog post will tell you how to get this measurement) you can work out exactly what you need. Happy sewing! x

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  8. How easy do you think it would be to add a peter pan collar instead of the mock turtle? I've got some great ponte I've been saving for that oh-so-perfect occasion!

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  9. Hello Rebecca! I love that you have some fabric in your stash just waiting for this opportunity : )
    If you have a pattern with a collar that you like you could hack the Freya to combine them together making sure that the neckline and collar details still match up (they need to be equal in size to fit together). The only thing to note in that the mock collar is designed to stretch over your head and stand up when you are wearing it, so the neckline size and shape are cut to make this work. Putting a peter pan collar in may mean you need to tweak the neckline - I would recommend making a toile to test it out and make sure you are happy before cutting into your saved ponte fabric. Do let us know if you try this out! x

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