19 June 2019

Fitting the Romy top and dress

Romy top and dress sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

Making the Romy top or dress and want a friendly, extra helping hand with fitting and choosing your size? It's Nikki here, Product Manager at Tilly and the Buttons, and I'm here to talk through the main things you need to know about fitting one of our newest sewing patterns.

Romy is relatively simple to fit, as it has a modern, loose silhouette - hooray! It's designed for low stretch knit fabrics such as jersey or interlock but, unlike many knit garments, it has "positive ease", meaning the top or dress is bigger than the body. It's designed to skim rather than be close-fitting - so don't be tempted to over-fit it ;)

As with all garments, the fabric that you choose is going to have an impact on how the finished garment hangs and feels on your body. To reiterate the fabric suggestions listed on the pattern envelope, look for a knit fabric that isn't too drapey or lightweight so the envelope neckline doesn't sag, avoid anything clingy if you're making the dress, and avoid bulky fabrics if you're making the back ties. A medium weight jersey or interlock with little stretch or drape should be perfect.

Romy dress - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons
Romy dress - sewing pattern by Tilly and the Buttons

If you're making the back tie version, the other thing to bear in mind with fitting is to check the upper back bodice is sitting nicely against your back. This is going to be different for everyone depending on your shape and the amount of stretch and recovery in the fabric, so we recommend in the instructions to tack (baste) your top or dress together and try it on before stitching for real.

We're going to cover this in more detail in this post, as well as some other simple adjustments you can make to get a great fit:
  • Choosing your size
  • Combining pattern sizes
  • Lengthening the bodice, sleeve or hem
  • Shortening the bodice, sleeve or hem
  • Adjusting the shoulders and back
  • Making a toile
Romy top and dress sewing pattern - Tilly and the Buttons

17 June 2019

Tilly's Favourite Dress of All Time

Tilly's Romy dress - Tilly and the Buttons
If I had to retire tomorrow, I'd do so content with the knowledge that I'd reached my sartorial zenith with releasing the Romy sewing pattern

It's no secret that I love a breton top or dress, as they're so stylish and easy to wear. It's the details on Romy that elevate it to something extra special. From the front, the simple loose-fitting shape is effortlessly chic, while the overlapping envelope neckline creates some construction interest. And then you turn around to reveal the back ties - I for one am drooling!

Tilly's Romy dress - Tilly and the Buttons
Tilly's Romy dress - Tilly and the Buttons

15 June 2019

Inspiration for Making Your Romy

Inspiration for making Romy

If you haven't yet caught the bug for our latest pattern Romy, that may be about to change!

It's Louise here, and I'm going to share some inspiration and fabric suggestions for making a wardrobe full of this stylish - and comfy! - top or dress. The envelope neckline, optional contrast binding and optional back ties make it a lovely pattern to get creative with. There is so much to tell you about Tilly's favourite pattern to date, so be sure to check out our blog post giving you all the deets.

When choosing fabric for your make, shop for a medium-weight low stretch knit fabric such as jersey or interlock. As the pattern has a modern, looser fit, you don't need to worry about picking a fabric with a certain amount of stretch - yay! Tilly's tip is to avoid any fabric that is too clingy or drapey (like a viscose jersey) to avoid neckline droop. And, if you are making the back tie version, steer clear of anything thick so the knot doesn't end up bulky. A medium weight cotton jersey would be perfect.

I can share a little insider knowledge with you - there may or may not be Romy kits coming to the shop in the next few weeks with perfectly picked fabric to make a gorgeous Romy. But you didn't hear that from me : )

Inspiration for making Romy
Clockwise L-R: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
When designing the pattern, Tilly had her head in the French Riviera clouds - can you tell? Romy and stripes are a match made in heaven, but she looks lovely in all kinds of prints and plains.

12 June 2019

Inspiration for making Jessa

Inspiration for making Jessa

Have you seen our latest pattern addition? Say hiya to the Jessa trousers and shorts - a gorgeous pair of flares that you just won't wanna take off!

It's Louise here from team Buttons, a style obsessed sewer who is always on the look out for inspo to bring into my stitching. I wanna share some ideas and fabric suggestions with you for making this super cute pattern.

If you haven't read Nikki's introduction post, then pop on over because she shares all the details you need to know about this design.

Inspiration for making Jessa

When it comes to fabric shopping for you perfect pair of Jessas, what do you need to know? Jessa is designed for medium- to heavy-weight woven fabrics such as denim, corduroy, cotton drill, linen, or triple crepe if you're after a more flowy and romantic silhouette. Stretch isn't required but a small amount of elastane will make them extra comfy.

I have scoured our favourite fabric shops for some good options and have broken them down into a few look ideas. If you are off on holiday, you might want to consider a natural fibre like linen that will breathe and keep you cool. Denim is hard-wearing, so a good choice for your every day pair and the triple crepe and stretch cotton fabrics I found would make the perfect showstopping pair of Jessas.

Whatever you go for, have fun with this make because life is too short to be wearing boring trousers!

Inspiration for making Jessa
Clockwise L-R: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
French Riviera style was a big influence on the design of the Romy and Jessa patterns - cool, understated, but definitely screaming 'look at me'! I love the idea of a pair of striped shorts worn with an easy-breezy white shirt and wide-brimmed sun hat to top off the look.

A lovely pair of red linen shorts (fabric no.6), or azure blue twill trousers (fabric no.1) worn with a Breton striped Romy - et Voila! Super chic vibes, even if you are just popping to the supermarket : )

Inspiration for making Jessa
L-R: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
This selection of fabrics would be perfect for your Riviera chic Jessa trousers or shorts - with twill, linen, stretch denim or cotton and jumbo cord, we've got you covered!