This post has been a long time coming! Sorry for the delay!! I think this is the last make of 2019 that I have to blog about before I’m onto my 2020 makes!
So… the Indigo dress. I’m sure you’ve already seen this dress made up many thousands of times already since it was released a few months ago. It is another incredibly popular dress and smock top pattern from Tilly and the Buttons and is very on trend.
As soon as this pattern was released, I bought it straight away. I also bought several lengths of viscose fabrics to make it in. The fabric I opted for was a grey leopard print viscose from Like Sew Amazing.
Now I have to admit, once I’d made this dress, I didn’t love it. This is unusual for Tilly’s patterns. I don’t think this is anything to do with the instructions or fit. I think it’s because the dress is oversize and a smock style which is not very flattering for my figure. This style of dress just doesn’t suit me. However, when I cinch in my waist with a belt, it looks a lot better. It has grown on me and I’m now thinking of making another. I’ve seen a few people make it with waist ties to help give the dress some shape which I will do if I make it again.
The actual construction is pretty simple and, as always, Tilly breaks all the steps down and provides very clear instructions. I made the plain version which made the dress a very simple make. There is the option to add the exposed frill and a sleeve flounce if you wanted extra details or a bit more challenge.
I would say this pattern is very beginner friendly, especially if making the plain version. There are no fastenings involved, the neckline is finished with a facing and there are bust darts. The trickiest part is the gathering when attaching the top and skirt. However, the instructions make it as simple as possible and if you take your time, it’s not too bad! I’ve made a couple of dresses with gathering lately so my skills are improving!
I made a size 6 based on my measurements but I could maybe have sized down. The dress is supposed to be oversized but on me, I feel I look like a sack of potatoes without a belt! It is very comfortable to wear though!
Would I make another? Maybe. I am toying with the idea but it’s not a definite. If I find a beautiful fabric, I may make another with waist ties.