What I made | The Stevie dress by Tilly and the Buttons

Hi guys! Here’s my latest make of the summer. I know it feels a bit out of season for some of you but like I said before, I didn’t do much blog wise during the summer and I just really wanted to still share this lovely dress with you! It’s the new Tilly and the Buttons Stevie pattern and it is gorgeous!

This past summer Tilly and the Buttons released these two exciting new sewing patterns, the Stevie tunic and the Seren dress. They’re both absolutely gorgeous but with very short time on my hands, I decided to take on Stevie first as it is a beginner’s project, so very quick to make, and let the Seren pattern for next year. The Stevie tunic/dress features a modern boxy fit tunic/dress with a round neckline and kimono sleeves, so essentially only a couple of pattern pieces to deal with which makes it such a satisfying quick and easy make. It is however not that basic! The opening in the back is tied with a bow for a beautiful finishing touch and you know I have a tendency to fall in love with any garment with a bow on it!


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I chose to make my Stevie dress in a gorgeous ochre cotton and linen mix fabric from Fabricgodmother. Linen fabrics are well known for their great properties providing coolness and comfort for the hottest summer days and this year we’ve seen linen becoming more trendy than ever. Blouses, skirts, dresses, trousers, linen was to be found everywhere. I chose for a cotton and linen mix to avoid excessive creasing and I find that this fabric actually holds the shape of the dress very well.

Outfit details

Dress – Handmade by The petite Cat (sewing pattern available here); Bag – Mango (similar here); Espadrilles – Castaner (similar here)

Shot by C.E.; Edit & Concept by The petite Cat


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I cut a UK size 2 for the bust and the waist, combined with a UK size 3 for the hips. I mostly picked these sizes also taking into account the measurements of the finished garment as I didn’t want my dress to be excessively loose around my waist. As usual, I shortened the bodice to fit my petite frame, reducing it by 5 cm. After this reduction I was happy with the length of the dress to fall just above my knee, making it a versatile piece which I can easily dress up or down. I finished all the seams with my overlocker and I’m really quite pleased with how neat this sewing project is. As for the pattern, it is everything that we expect from Tilly’s patterns; lovely design and clear instructions. If you’ve never made a dress before, go give this one a go!





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