Indigo Top and Dress

Tilly and the Buttons


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Buy the Indigo Top and Dress sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons. Cute, comfy and effortlessly stylish, Indigo has no fiddly fastenings so you can throw it on and go. Sew it with classic gathered seams or elevate it to a stand-out piece in your wardrobe with the pretty exposed frill seam. Indigo has a bodice shaped with bust darts, gently curved empire waistline, and floaty gathered skirt. Make it as a top with a dipped hem ending at the low hip, or as a knee-length dress with a straight hem and pockets (yay!). Choose from three-quarter flounce sleeves or slim-fitting bracelet sleeves.

Suggested fabrics: Light- to medium-weight woven fabrics with drape, such as cotton lawn, chambray, viscose (rayon), tencel, double gauze, crepe de chine, or georgette.

Fabric requirements:

Dress: 150 cm (60″) wide fabric: 2 – 2.5 m (2 1/4 – 2 3/4 yards) // 115 cm (45″) wide fabric: 2.9 – 3.3 m (3 1/4 – 3 5/8 yards)

Top: 150 cm (60″) wide fabric: 1.6 – 2.3 m (1 3/4 – 2 1/2 yards) // 115 cm (45″) wide fabric: 2.3 – 2.9 m (2 1/2 – 3 1/4 yards)

Sizing: 1 – 10 (UK 6 – 24). Please check the size chart.

Notions: Matching and contrast thread; 0.3 m (3/8 yard) interfacing.

This sewing pattern is available in PAPER format.

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Additional information


Chiffon / Georgette, Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Rayon / Viscose / Crepe

Make time

Half a day

Pattern format


Sewing level

Confident Beginner


UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48, UK 22 / US 18 / EU 50, UK 24 / US 20 / EU 52

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    5 out of 5 Perfect dress for autumn paired with tights and boots


    I have seen so many gorgeous versions of this new release from Tilly and the buttons and was so excited to order it. I couldn’t wait for it to arrive and had ordered the perfect fabric from Sewisfaction for my version that had already arrived. I knew this pattern would come up with lots of ease so took this into consideration when choosing the size to make. I usually make a size 3 for Tilly’s patterns but as I didn’t want this to look like a tent I decided to size down and I’m pleased I did. I made up a size 2 and found it still had plenty of ease but looked fine on me and not too baggy. As usual Tilly’s instructions are nice and clear and really hold your hand throughout. It’s a really simple smock dress and can be made as a simple dress or too or you can make the ruffle version. I found the ruffle really easy to construct and it’s a cute detail. I’ve already cut out my second version and I have a third and fourth planned. It also has pockets which is a win win in my eye!!


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    5 out of 5 Easy and breezy!


    I must admit, I had my doubts about the Indigo pattern – I’m not normally a fan of shapeless garments on my petite frame, but I absolutely love this pattern. I opted for the dress version with the gathered sleeves.
    As I was making the tester version, I didn’t make any alterations. We were advised to size up if we were between sizes, which I did.
    I made mine in a drapey cotton fabric, which held the gathers well and was easy to work with.
    I love that the pattern has pockets (to be fair, I would have added them either way)! I think it would be a great beginner project and could be made in a variety of fabrics (linen, cotton lawn, rayon).
    It was great to wear on cooler summer days but it will really come in to its own in Autumn/Winter when worn over tights and boots.

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    • patsquared2

      I might give this dress a try. I have trouble fitting dresses and once they are made, I almost never wear them.

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    5 out of 5 New favourite dress pattern...?


    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 arrow 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…

    Full blog post here:

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    5 out of 5 a dreamy smock


    When I first saw this pattern I knew it was for me, I love a simple smock style and this one has lots of cute features. I especially love all the options to make the pattern your own and its a great base to hack and add your own details.

    I made the size 7 graded out to an 8 at the waist and hip. I also did a 0.75 inch FBA (so I added a total of 1.5 inches. I’m really happy with the fit but may take out the arm seam by 0.5cm. I also really love the slight curve in the waist, it’s really flattering. the hem on the top version is slightly
    dipped at the back with a curve so take your time when your pressing it but Tilly has included great instructions on how to get it perfect. I love the instructions for adding the ruffle detail at the waist and sleeve flounce too, it is a little fiddly so take your time and it will look beautiful! Also theres no zips or buttons so it comes together really quick.

    Overall I’d say its a great pattern for beginners and experienced sewists with loads of options for customisation, its going to become a staple in my wardrobe, highly recommended.

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