8 April 2020

Introducing the Indigo Add-On Pattern!

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

If you're in need of a little cheer, Team Buttons are excited to announce something special today - meet the Indigo add-on pattern!

The Indigo add-on is a digital-only download of bonus pattern pieces and instructions giving you even more variations to add to our bestselling Indigo top and dress. And the best news is, by combining the original Indigo and new add-on pattern, you can choose between a whopping 48 different variations! It really is the gift that keeps on giving.

The idea to create an Indigo add-on pack came from you, our lovely customers. We've been blown away by how many of you have made and loved Indigo, and totally impressed by the hacks we've seen popping up on Instagram and IRL at shows. We love re-working patterns, breathing new life into them and make them go even further. Your creativity inspired us to make this add-on pattern, so thank you :)

As this is an add-on pattern, you'll also need the original Indigo top and dress pattern. If you don't have it yet, grab the Indigo top and dress bundle from our online shop.


Indigo smock top and dress add-on sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons
Indigo smock top and dress add-on sewing pattern - Tilly and the ButtonsIndigo smock top and dress add-on sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons
THE DESIGN

Indigo is an easy-breezy smock top or dress with gorgeous added details that effortlessly merge comfort and style. it has a bodice shaped with bust darts and has a gently curved empire waistline, with a floaty gathered skirt. Make it as a top with dipped gathered hem or a dress with added roomy pockets.

The Indigo add-on pattern gives you three new beautiful design details...

In addition to the slim bracelet sleeves or whimsical flounce sleeves from the original pattern, the Indigo add-on pattern offers a short sleeve variation with optional ruffle, making it perfect for warmer weather (and very cute too). The add-on pattern also has a gorgeous button back detail and a gathered panel which attaches to the skirt to make it into an on-trend tiered midi dress. Seriously, the midi dress is extra swishy!

You can attach all the ruffle variations by using either a regular gathered seam or showstopping exposed frill seams. With all of the potential variations to make, you can really let your imagination run wild.

Indigo smock top and dress add-on sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons
Indigo smock top and dress add-on sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons
Indigo smock top and dress add-on 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.

The add-on pattern includes:
- button back bodice and facing
- short sleeve with optional ruffle
- skirt panel to make a tiered midi dress

It includes instructions on how to make all new variations. You'll need pattern pieces from the original Indigo pattern, plus the original instructions to refer back to for some of the steps.

The Indigo top and dress is suitable for confident beginners. If you've made one or two beginner projects, you'll be ready to sew Indigo. The trickiest bits of the project are sewing buttons on the button back bodice and sewing gathers. If you haven't sewn buttonholes before, or need a bit of help with gathering we've got you covered! We've got lots of resources to talk you through these steps in a bit more detail, including how to sew one-step buttonholes and four-step buttonholes and gathering seams. If you're a visual learner, we also have some clear and concise videos to help you too.

The Indigo add-on pack is a digital-only pattern. Upon purchase, you'll receive a PDF pattern for immediate 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 add-on sewing pattern - Tilly and the ButtonsIndigo smock top and dress add-on sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

SIZING AND SUPPLIES

We're delighted to announce that the pattern comes in our new extended size range with ten sizes – from UK 6 – 24, US 2 – 20, or EUR 34 – 52. You can see the exact body measurements on the sizing chart.

If you think you need a bit of extra help with fitting, then fear not as we have a series of fitting blog posts which cover the most common adjustments you may want to make to your Indigo.

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.

As always, our resident fashion icon Louise is going to bring us a fabric and inspiration post very soon so watch this space. Find out how much fabric and other supplies you'll need on our shop page.

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

We can't wait to see what you make with the Indigo add-on pattern! Don't forget to tag us @TillyButtons with the hashtag #SewingIndigo so we can see :)

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Author: Nikki Hoar
Photographer: Jane Looker
Gorgeous models: Alice Irvine and Selena Singh
Pink leopard print viscose: Lamazi Fabrics (gifted)
Black and white gingham: Minerva Crafts