This is the Tilly and the Buttons Skye Sundress in the mini-length – perfect for a day at the beach. I made this sweetheart dress in a cotton (now sadly sold out) bought from TMOS.
Do you recognise certain European landmarks in the print?
The empire-line bodice is super-sweet and easy to fit with delicate pleats beneath the bust. A person can try on and fit to their preference, though Tilly encourages Sewists to remember that this is meant to be a light and breezy dress. Indeed, I might size up on the bodice next time.
The armholes and squarish neckline are finished with narrow bias binding. I bought my satin bias binding after a failed attempt to make my own. The pattern instructions suggest top stitching the bias binding down. I didn’t do this because a) I don’t like the finish and b) good luck getting around those sharp curves without fabric puckering beneath your sewing machine foot. Instead, I hand stitched the folded bias binding down and was very glad I did.
I also used seam tape around the neckline, as recommended in the supplies. This stuff is the business! That neckline will not be bagging out or stretching any time soon.
It goes without saying that the dress layers perfectly with a cardigan. Indeed, I think this dress could be so much more than a sundress! With the right fabric choices, you could wear this year-round, layered with tights and woollens. Why not? It has deep pockets, three skirt lengths and a flattering neckline.
Win, win and win!