Late To The Ruffle Party
A review of Tilly and the Buttons Indigo Top and Dress
As a curvy girl, I resisted the Indigo top and dress pattern when it first launched, thinking it could be unflattering. Interestingly, I have noticed that very slim sewists have written about how they have worried about being swamped by this style, but worry not, this is a gorgeous pattern which is bang on trend.
I made the size 7 with frill seams on both the skirt and sleeves. No fitting adjustments were needed and I managed to cut this from two metres of a cute embroidered chambray, saving 30cms on the suggested fabric allowance.
Basic construction was very straightforward but progress slowed down at the ruffle stage as I took pains to make sure the gathering was even. I was amused by the instruction to make a cup of tea and get comfortable for the unpicking of the basting and gathering stitches. That was a chore.
Lovely design touches were the gently curved empire waistline and dipped hem. I couldn’t be happier with my finished top. It’s swishy, flouncy and fun.