Friday, 6 July 2018

Stevie is Quick!

One of the new Tilly and the Buttons patterns, Stevie, was love at first sight for me. The pattern came at 12:30 on Thursday just as I got in from work and I had the dress on my back at 2:50 ready for the school run!

I ordered the Stevie top/tunic pattern, then ordered some fabric, John Kaldor on sale at Minerva and waited impatiently. The fabric came first so I washed and dried it ready to sew - not hard to do in this weather. 
The fabric is a linen blend where it has the same look as linen but you can drive the car in it and not look like a tea towel on arrival. Bold prints work well with this pattern because there are no darts, zips or interruptions. 

I actually made a happy mistake. I added the ties and then kept following the instructions then added a button loop, it was supposed to be one or the other. I thought it was a bit strange but it is great because the button holds the dress in place if the bow should come undone or the fabric bow is a bit heavy.


The length is pretty perfect. I cut a size 4 and graded a bit out to size 5 for bum and hip room (obvs) It feels so breezy to wear in this hot weather.


Then I spent five minutes hopping from place to place in the garden trying to get a photo without family rubbish in the background. 



I favoured cropping the photos in the end to picking up the stuff!


Even the sleeves don't interrupt the pattern. I would like to try one in the shorter version with a rayon/viscose fabric but I have other things under my machine at the moment so I will hang on for a bit and save my pennies for a while.


I love it. A dress in 2.5 hours. I couldn't drive to town, find a parking space and buy one in that time!

Jo xx

14 comments:

  1. I love my shift dresses, it takes me right back to the 60's. I did look at the Stevie when it was released but I have modified my pattern to the 'nth degree now so could not justify buying it. I may have to look for some of the fabric though.

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  2. Where did you buy the material from, it's lovely xx

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    1. Minerva - it is a linen blend so a nice drape but no creases, comes in two colours.

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  3. This is so cute, Jo! I love it. It looks comfortable and stylish and definitely not like a tea towel! I actually think this design would work for me. It looks like it could skim over and not make me look pregnant, which I always worry about with shift dresses...well, any dress, really, ha. Nice work, it looks great on you!

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  4. This looks amazing! I love the fabric you used, you’re right it’s a great pattern for not breaking up a print. It really is a lovely dress!

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  5. I love the fabric you've used for this Jo! Absolutely gorgeous, and really suits the style of the dress. Can't believe how quickly you whipped it up - amazing!

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  6. Wonderful it looks cool to wear, is the fabric substantial enough not to line then? I seem to go through phases of lining everything but that's maybe not great in this heat. X

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    1. No lining required. Not see through or rough to wear. Jo x

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  7. WOT,Oh my giddy aunt,now that is speedy,I am in awe.I just love it too,gorgeous fabric and you look great in it.xx

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  8. Great dress Jo, you look super fab!

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  9. That was super speedy. The fabric is perfect for the Stevie!

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  10. The material pattern and color are terrific...another win, Jo!

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  11. woww is a beautiful dress ... I love it, I will follow your steps and I'll do mine ... also makes sewing happy !!

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