I’m really happy to share one of my current favourite sewing patterns – the Indigo dress from sewing pattern company ‘Tilly and the buttons’. I’ve now made 2 of these; a top version and a 2 tier dress version; both of which I am so happy with.
The indigo dress is a smock style top or dress that is pulled on over your head (no fastenings to worry about) with ample options for really making it your own – classic gathered skirt, exposed ruffle, different skirt lengths, alternative sleeves and so on. A very versatile pattern that you can make many versions of! This pattern is for confident beginners and is definitely a very approachable pattern even if you are fairly new to sewing. Tilly Buttons have very clear instructions, full colour photographs in the instructions and there are many sew-a-long videos to help you as well.
Version One: The Top.
I made up my first version in the top length purely because I only had enough fabric for this! I used a beautifully soft white floral viscose from Rainbow Fabrics and I am so impressed with the quality of this. This top has sleeves, added waist ties and a gathered skirt with a dropped hem at the back. I love this because I can wear leggings with it and still feel like I am covered up. Because I am 5″5 the top version does fit a little like a short dress – but the length would be super easy to adjust if you wanted a shorter or longer version. To keep it simple I did not go for the exposed frill at the waist and just the simple gathered skirt.
I had a few small issues fitting the bodice on this pattern – mainly with the neckline which was gaping quite a lot. I had already attached the facing when I realised this, but I managed to fix the issues by taking the bodice in at the shoulders, and this meant I did not have to unpick anything. The Indigo is meant to be a loose fitting garment, which I like but I choose to add waist ties so I could have it fitted around my waist to make it look a little dressier.
I’m super happy with this first indigo and have worn it a few times now, it is soft and comfy and leaving the rainbow locked edges exposed adds a really fun pop of colour! I also included a beautiful embroidered label from Little Rosy Cheeks.
Version 2 – The Dress.
This version is something I made for an event on Instagram raising awareness for endometriosis (Sew yellow for Endo) run by Jess from ‘So what if I sew’. The brief was to sew any yellow garment and take part in some challenges. I knew I wanted to whip my outfit up quite quickly so I reached again for the trusty indigo pattern; this time to make a dress version.
You can purchase a pattern expansion pack for the Indigo dress but I decided to play around with it myself. I adjusted the shoulders and neckline of the bodice to prevent the gaping I had on my first version, and then I cut 2 tiers of skirts to make a dress that would come to just below my knee. Again, I also added waist ties to give a more fitted look to the dress. The neckline adjustments worked a treat and I ended up finishing it with this fun bias binding that I got from the Specky Seamstress! along with a ‘sewing is my jam’ label from Kylie and the machine!
Final Thoughts on the Indigo Pattern
In case you can’t tell, this has just become a firm favourite pattern and I’m already planning a few more versions! I like the simplicity of Tilly and the Buttons patterns, and now that I am a lot more confident in my sewing I like that I can adjust patterns a little more to improve my fitting and style. I am looking forward to trying out some different sleeve styles with this, as well as seeing how different fabric choices give a different finish. You can even make a version with an exposed frill – another feature I am keen to test out!
What do you think of this pattern? Have you made an indigo?