The Zadie Dress by Tilly and the Buttons


I finally got round to making the Zadie dress. I loved the photos that everyone who made it were showing on Instagram. It looked fairly straightforward and was classed as an intermediate make.

As ever I didn’t really have a jersey in my stash that I thought would be suitable but I did have a beautiful soft cotton with pink flowers on. So I decided to use that and incorporate it with a metre of black jersey I had left.

What are your measurements, height and body type?

My 2017 measurements are…

  • Bust: 43″
  • Waist: 36″
  • Hips: 44″
  • Height: 5’1″

What adjustments did you make and how long did they take?
Because I have an egg timer type body I had to take it in a bit at the side seams. This was slightly awkward because of the way that the pockets were set into the side seams. However, after about 20 minutes of manipulation I succeeded.

What is the construction process like? Did the instructions makes sense to you?
The instructions were extremely clear and well sent out. Unfortunately I have a habit of trying to assemble without reading the instructions and I have to confess I had to keep referring to them to make sure I was doing it right.

During the whole process I actually found it quite fascinating to see how Tilly had constructed the garment.

How did you like the fit? Do you think the design works well for your particular body shape?
I have to say that I found the pattern very flattering for my figure. I felt that it didn’t make my bottom stand out and its design was flattering from both the front and the back view.

Will you make the pattern again? If so, what fit are design changes will you make?
I certainly would make this pattern again. I think the next time I will try and either all in Jersey. I simply have to find the right pattern and colour of Jersey that I think would flatter me.

Pattern rating (1 is the lowest score, 5 is the highest)
Considering I broke the rules by using Jersey and cotton I think I would be very happy to give this a score of 5. It’s a great pattern but you’d have to be quite adept at sewing before you could tackle it.

Check out my vlog to find out more.

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