Tilly and the Buttons Indigo dress
A review of Tilly and the Buttons Indigo Top and Dress
This dress is billed as a pattern for confident beginners and I agree. The construction is very straightforward and there are no fastenings so it would be a good first project for a complete beginner. The only sticking points a beginner may have is inserting pockets into the side seam, but you could definitely omit these if you wanted to.
There is also a *lot* of gathering. If you’ve done gathering before you may be tempted to skip out changing your thread and do fewer lines of gathering but I would 100% recommend the method they suggest doing in the instructions. It may seem like it will take longer but it makes it so much easier.
I’ll admit, when I first tried it on I hated it so much that I didn’t bother finishing the seams as I thought I’d wear it once and then take it to the charity shop. However once it was styled up I fell in love with the ease of the smock dress trend and it is now one of my favourite dresses.
If you’d like to read my full review you can find it on my blog here.