5 July 2018

Inspiration for making Seren

Inspiration for making Seren

Are you swooning over Seren and ready to make your own? This flirty button-down dress will keep you feeling cool during picnics in the park all summer long and is just perfect for a party. If you’re looking for a little style inspo we have a round-up of ideas to get you started.

It’s Louise here, and I have been pinning plenty of suggestions to make your own creation. Seren has some really pretty options to choose from, whether you opt for the flounce neckline or tie-front bodice, you will find yourself cinched in with a flattering waistband aaand the straps are wide enough to cover bra straps (yay!). I predict this will become your favourite summer dress : )

Inspiration for making Seren
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You can never go wrong with stripes in our book and Seren + stripes make my heart flutter. Tilly’s ultimate Seren is a simple blue and white stripe version in shirting cotton…she is just waiting for someone to make it!

How about having a little fun with your stripes and using this project to try out directional stripes? Top tip: shop for horizontal stripes, cutting the bodice and waistband on the length-wise grain (as shown in the cutting layout) this allows a a little give in the fabric where you need it and then cut your skirt with your stripes going vertically. This will create a lengthening effect and reduces the need for stripe matching (double yay!) I really want to try this out myself.

Inspiration for making Seren
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Yellow is having a moment in the world of fashion, and believe me, there is a shade for every skin tone. Try out mustard, buttercup, or sunshine yellow (I am a buttercup girl myself), and if you find the block colour a little too much you opt for a print like this sunflower.

You may have noticed that our Seren sample (modelled by the lovely Zeena Shah) was a gorgeous lemon yellow viscose that we picked up from Adam Ross fabrics, the drape of this fabric worked sooo well with the flounce.

Inspiration for making Seren
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There is nothing better than a crisp linen in the summer and the high street seems to be full of dreamy options. As dressmakers, we can make a garment to our exacting requirements, choose your fave shade linen (I am partial to lilac myself), or pick a print, before moving onto choosing buttons!

Inspiration for making Seren
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If you have any parties planned this summer and are looking for something to make you look and feel great, then Seren is the dress for you! Perfect for smarter fabrics, such a crêpe de chine, you can create something that will have you dancing the night away (while keeping cool!).

You can have fun with prints, like these gingham numbers and of course the lemons – somebody just has to make this!

Inspiration for making Seren
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One thing a sewer loves is putting a fun spin on a make with details. I am lusting after the idea of Seren separates, ugh someone needs to make this happen. A cute little twist is to turn the straps into tie-shoulders by slightly lengthening your pattern pieces and sewing up the ends or try out this dreamy scallop detail down the center of your dress.

I bet you are writing a fabric shopping list in your head, aren’t you? Well watch this space, as I have pulled together a roundup of the most gorgeous fabrics to pair with Seren coming up!

Share your makes with us on Instagram @TillyButtons using the hashtag #SewingSeren

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