Here’s looking at you, Lyra!

A review of Tilly and the Buttons Lyra Shirt Dress

Reviewed by Natasha on 12th January, 2022

I’ve wanted to make Lyra since the pattern was released but didn’t get round to it. I’m so pleased it was my first make of 2022! I love it!

This fabric has been in my stash for a while and thought it was perfect for a shirt dress. I think I was right! I’m totally going to own this – in my opinion it looks amazing!! ?

Cotton lawn is crisp enough for the collar and button placket and it holds the gathers really well at the wrists and in the skirt.

I used just under 3 metres to make the knee length version with the belt. After reviewing the finished garment measurements I decided to size down and I’m glad I did. The fit is just right!

I shortened the sleeves by 5 inches and added a cuff at the wrist rather than elastic – my “go to” for any pattern that has elastic at the wrist. I prefer the clean cuff look matching the classic shirt vibes.

As with all of Tilly’s patterns the instructions are really clear and easy to follow. Construction was simple and straightforward and it came together a breeze.

There are so many reviews testifying how fabulous this pattern is so I don’t think there is much more I can add other than “it’s great, you should make one”.

This is a gorgeous versatile pattern suitable for a variety of styles and fabrics. You only have to look online for so much inspiration! For me, this pattern provides a basic shirt dress with so much scope for endless possibilities. Because this dress pattern is so fabulous we all know one Lyra is not enough!!

I’ll definite making more! I need a swishy rayon/viscose maxi version, a short sleeve crisp linen for summer, oh and how about chambray with a few ruffles down the side of the placket and at the wrist!

Here’s one last pic.. can you tell I’m smitten?? ?