3 September 2019

Introducing the Indigo smock top or dress pattern!

Indigo smock top and dress sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

We've got something extra exciting to reveal today. Hands up who wants to take a closer look at our gorgeous new pattern release? Meet Indigo!

Indigo is a smock top or dress that you'll want to put on day after day. With no zips or fiddly fastenings, you can quite literally throw it over your head and swish out the door to whatever you have planned for the day or evening.

We love nothing more than making sewing patterns with loads of customisable options, and Indigo is no exception. With multiple hem, sleeve and gathering options, you can make one for every day of the week. And, have you seen that exposed frill seam? Swoon. To make things even better, and because we know you love them just as much as we do, the dress version also has pockets!

We're thrilled to announce that the Indigo top and dress sewing pattern is available in two further sizes, in sizes UK 6-24 (US 2-20 / EUR 34–52). For more details check out our shop page.

Are you excited as we are? We knew you would be, read on to find out more :)


Indigo smock top and dress sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons
Indigo smock top and dress sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

THE DESIGN

Who doesn't love feeling comfy and stylish? This is exactly what Tilly had in mind when she designed Indigo. She found herself craving easy fitting garments that made an impact whilst still being oh-so-comfortable. And as they say, the rest is history. Indigo is an easy breezy top or dress with gorgeous added details to make your heart flutter.

Indigo has a bodice shaped with bust darts and has a gently curved empire waistline, with a floaty gathered skirt. Make her as a top with dipped gathered hem or a dress with added roomy pockets, with the option of either slim bracelet sleeves or whimsical flounce sleeves.

Indigo smock top and dress sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons
Indigo smock top and dress sewing pattern - Tilly and the ButtonsIndigo smock top and dress sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

And, to up the excitement stakes, you can choose between what finish you want for the gathered skirt. Pick the regular gathered seam to keep it low key and classic, or the gorgeous exposed frill seam to add that extra wow factor. You can choose to sew the stunning exposed frill seam or the regular gathered seam to the waistline and sleeve flounces, or you could do one of each!

We are head over heels in love with the exposed frill seam in the office. We spent a long time developing this technique and you'll want to add it to every gathered seam in sight from now on. We've seen this detail loads on the high street this year, and just knew we needed to include it in this pattern.

Indigo smock top and dress sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons
Indigo smock top and dress sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

THE SEWING PATTERN

Our award-winning patterns feature clear instructions with step-by-step colour photos to guide you through the project. The pattern pieces themselves are clearly labelled so you can see which seam is which and how they go together.

We've labelled the Indigo top and dress as suitable for confident beginners. If you've made one or two beginner projects, you'll be ready to sew Indigo. As this pattern has no fastenings, you won't have to worry about sewing any zips or buttonholes (yasssss!).

Indigo smock top and dress sewing pattern - Tilly and the ButtonsIndigo smock top and dress sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons
Indigo smock top and dress sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

The only slightly tricky parts are gathering the top or dress skirt, and inserting the sleeves. Gathering is simple to do, but making sure everything matches up properly and evening out the gathers can take a little bit of time. If you're new to gathering, choose the regular gathered seams version - it's simpler to do out of the two versions and has the added benefit of looking classic and lovely. If you want to add extra pizzazz to your Indigo top or dress, choose the exposed frill seam version for your gathered seams.

We also have four (!) tutorial videos scheduled to help explain some of the techniques covered in the instructions, so watch this space!

Order the printed sewing pattern and we'll send you a beautiful package in the post. Made in the UK, our patterns are printed on durable paper which you can use again and again without it tearing or scrunching up. As well as our online shop, you can buy them from fabric shops and department shops around the world - check out our list of stockists.

Prefer to print and assemble your pattern at home? Buy the digital pattern and you'll get an email in an instant with a PDF to download. You can either print it at home on A4 or letter size paper, or send it to the copy shop to print large scale.

Indigo smock top and dress sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons
Indigo smock top and dress sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons
Indigo smock top and dress sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

SIZING AND SUPPLIES

Indigo is designed for light- to medium-weight fabrics with drape, such as cotton lawn, chambray, viscose (rayon), tencel, double gauze, crepe de chine or georgette. There really are so many fabrics that are suitable for Indigo, which will make choosing your fabric even more fun (or difficult as you'll have so many beautiful options to choose from).

The Indigo top and dress looks gorgeous when made in both solid and printed fabrics. We had so much fun styling our model shoot as there were so many beautiful fabrics to choose from. Some beady-eyed readers may recognise two of the fabrics used as being Ruby Star Society fabrics - we got some advance meterage of the clementine and fireworks rayon fabrics that the RSS ladies very kindly gifted us. How gorgeous do Paige and Rumana look in them? As always, our resident fashion icon Louise is going to bring us a fabric and inspiration post very soon so watch this space.


The brilliant thing about Indigo is that you don't need many notions to make her. Hooray! Check our shop page to find out exactly what supplies are needed (you will be pleasantly surprised). Aside from fabric and matching thread, you'll need 0.3m of interfacing in the same weight as your fabric.

We're delighted to announce that the pattern includes ten sizes – from UK 6 – 24, US 2 – 20, or EUR 34 – 52. You can see the exact body measurements on the sizing chart.

We're also going to publish a blog post which will cover the most common fitting adjustments you may need to make to your Indigo, including combining sizes, lengthening and shortening the skirt and bodice, full and small bust adjustments and more. Keep your eyes peeled for this one.

Indigo smock top and dress sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

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Photographer: Jane Looker
Hair and Make up: Laura Anne
Stunning Models: Paige @paigejoannaa and Rumana @thelittlepomegranate
Fireworks and clementine rayon fabric: Ruby Star Society (gifted)
Lilac viscose crepe: The Fabric Room
Mustard floral crepe: Minerva Crafts

As always, all the love and thanks to our amazing pattern testers xxxx