Romy Top and Dress

Tilly and the Buttons


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Buy the Romy Top and Dress sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons. Upgrade your casual me-made wardrobe with this stylish (and comfy!) top and dress. The optional back ties or contrast binding add a fun twist to the classic Breton or t shirt dress. Romy has a modern loose fit and high slash envelope neckline, with choice of cap, three quarter or full length sleeves for year-round style. Designed for knit fabrics, whip it up on either a regular sewing machine or overlocker (serger).

Suggested fabrics: Medium-weight low stretch knit fabrics such as jersey or interlock. You could also use ponte for the long sleeve version. Avoid anything too light-weight, drapey or clingy. If you’re making the back ties version, avoid anything too bulky.

Fabric requirements: Version A // 115cm or 45″ wide fabric 3.3m (3 3/4 yards), 150cm  or 60″ wide fabric 2m (2 1/4 yards). Version B // 115cm or 45″ wide fabric 1.7m (1 7/8 yards), 150cm  or 60″ wide fabric 1m (1 1/8 yards). Version C // 115cm or 45″ wide fabric 2.2m (2 1/2 yards), 150cm  or 60″ wide fabric 1.4m (1 5/8 yards).

Sizing: UK 6 – 20. Please see the size chart and finished garment measurements.

Notions: Matching thread, Ballpoint needle for your sewing machine, For back tie version: 0.5m (5/8yd) of 6-9mm (1/4in–3/8in) clear (swimwear) elastic and sharp all-purpose needle or microtex needle, Sewing machine and basic tools (a rotary cutter and mat are useful) and Optional: Overlocker (serger).

This sewing pattern is available in PAPER format.

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Additional information


Jersey / Knits / Scuba

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

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    3 out of 5 Romy wasn’t built in a day!


    I think this might be the first time I’ve made a garment and then immediately cut into and made it again from scratch. I’ve always been very fortunate with Tilly and the Buttons patterns – their size three (UK 10) fits me perfectly and I rarely have to make adjustments. A couple of people had mentioned that Romy came up large, but I’m a fan of an oversized top so I went ahead with my usual size for the plain-back dress version.

    Romy is described as having a “modern loose fit” but it didn’t have that oversized boxy look on me at all! It just looked too big and the binding strips were bunching all of the excess fabric into my armpits. I removed the sleeves, took 12mm off the shoulders, and re-attached them. There was a definite improvement but it still wasn’t quite right.

    I took some photos and figured I’d find a few nice things to say about it and be done with it. Only, I couldn’t do it! I didn’t want to give a falsely positive review of a garment I wasn’t happy with. I was determined to save it and the good news is: I did! Well, you know what they say: Romy wasn’t built in a day.

    I referred to the finished garment measurements and noticed that the size one (UK 6) was very close to my actual measurements. It felt a little risky going down two whole sizes but as stretch garments often have negative ease, I figured it would be fine. I couldn’t face unpicking the original dress but I couldn’t quite fit the plain back top pieces on. I loved the look of the tie-back didn’t want a lump under my cardigans, so I improvised and drafted my own bow back version.

    The only other changes I made were to use knit interfacing instead of clear elastic on the back piece, I straightened off the cap sleeves and used a smaller seam allowance on the hem.

    I’m so glad that I persevered with this pattern as I think the design is gorgeous. Hopefully if you’re reading this before making your Romy, I’ve saved you some heartache. With that said, this does come with the caveat that I am not an expert! I suggest referring to the finished garment measurements and your own experience before making any changes to a pattern.

    See my full blog post and some “before” photos here:

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    5 out of 5 Lovely pattern


    This is a lovely pattern with great instructions and lots of attention to detail in the pattern and the instructions. I did the 3/4 sleeve version of the top with visible binding, in the same fabric as the top. I used Atelier Brunette Twinkle French terry in grey with pink dots. It’s probably a bit too think with the binding so it would have been best to use a lighter jersey of a different fabric. I also found that I had to stitch the front & back at the shoulder where the top pieces overlap to avoid the neckline moving too much.

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