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A review of Indigo Top and Dress


Reviewed by joy.margot on 6th September, 2019

I can’t remember the last time I’ve been this flipping excited for a pattern release. I had been eyeing up this Dashwood Studios viscose for ages, and I knew they’d be a match made in heaven!

Despite its boxy shape, I made a toile as I’d had a few fitting issues with the TATB Romy top/dress. Head to my blog post (link below) to see some before/after photos. I made the following alterations for fit and personal preference:

  • 2cm narrow shoulder adjustment
  • Lengthened the bodice by 2cm
  • Added waist ties into the side seams
  • Shortened the skirt slightly to account for the longer bodice

Even taking into account making two toiles, adjustments and re-drafting the facings to fit my altered pieces, it still felt like this came together really quickly. I went for the simplest version of the pattern: bracelet sleeves rather than ruffled and no exposed ruffle on the waistline. I think this version would be a great project for a beginner, particularly in a stable fabric like cotton lawn.

One of my favourite features of Indigo is the POCKETS! I loved the addition of interfacing to stabilise the openings as pockets and viscose don’t always play well together. I couldn’t resist wearing it with my “it has pockets” necklace!

I cannot overstate how much I LOVE this dress and I know it’s going to be a real Autumn and Winter staple for me. I’m already dreaming up loads of gorgeous hacks…

You can read my full blog post here.