Monday, April 4

Time For Spring Dress Sewing!

Tilly and the Buttons
When I was co-writing my sewing ecourse with Rachel, I had the pleasure of e-meeting Tilly of Tilly and the Buttons along the way.  Not only is she the absolute sweetest, but she creates colorful, easy-to-follow patterns.  One of my sessions was about reading commercial patterns and I made her Coco dress.  As someone who doesn't do a ton of commercial pattern sewing (I love creating my own), I really enjoyed this one.  Here's how my version of Coco turned out:

Coco dress pattern from Tilly and the Buttons
Even though reading patterns can be intimidating at times, Tilly breaks it down and even gives tips and tricks for techniques you may not be completely familiar with... which is always appreciated in my world.

Tilly has just released a new pattern and I seriously can't wait to try it out!  It's called Martha and I've already been shopping for all the cute trims and embellishments for those BELL SLEEVES.  Aaaahhh!  I'm in love.

Martha Pattern from Tilly and the Buttons Martha Pattern from Tilly and the Buttons
(The two photos above are from Tilly's blog.)

Tilly and the Buttons
As you can see, I'm becoming a collector of Tilly's patterns.  I'm pretty sure I have around 7 of them, plus her book.  My goal is to get started on Martha sometime this week, but first I need to find the perfect fabric!  Oh, and clear my sewing space because maaaaaayyyyybbbeeeee I haven't quite unpacked that room yet.  Oof.

If you are interested in getting better acquainted with your machine, or are brand new to sewing, you should check out Sew With Us.  Rachel and I put a lot of hard work into it and we're still so proud.  Plus, there are fashion projects AND home projects!

Also, Tilly has a really great book called Love At First Stitch.  It's beautifully photographed and comes with patterns and tips!  I personally love it.

Happy sewing, friends!


  1. I seriously wish I could sew! I bought a pattern and some fabric a few years back when I was determined to make my own dress, but nothing came of it! It's still sitting in the draw waiting to be used! I can't wait to see how this turns out!
    xo April | April Everyday

  2. Oh, this looks great! Maybe this will inspire me to learn how to sew. It's the one thing on my bucket list that I really want to learn how to do but am a little intimidated by. In fact, its on my Mom's bucket list too. Thanks for sharing this :-)

  3. Lovey dresses Katie. You're inspiring me to get my. A nine out and sew again, thank you, because i do so enjoy. Creating. Can't wait to see your dress when you're done making it, have a wonderful week. It's autumn here in Australia and I'm loving it. Such a long hot summer here. I can still wear dresses here with our moderate temps but not sweat my but off so much. :-)

  4. Oh I love that book! I made black and white gingham Megan dress from it and it's probably my favorite self-made garment. Would love to make the fifi set!

  5. I wish I were better at sewing. I love that floral print on you -Hanna Lei

  6. These patterns are so cute! I'm not sure how to use patterns yet, but I want to learn so I can try these!


  7. I made one today and now I want to make several more out of different fabrics. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! coser guía definitiva

  8. Hi. I really love your dress! I am looking for a fabric like this for ages. Where did you buy it?