A tale of two Stevies

Hands up if you're smitten with the new Tilly and the Buttons patterns!

I mean, what's not to love about the Stevie Tunic and Seren Dress? Seren has jumped to the top of my sewing queue (especially after seeing this dreamy version by The Foldline's Rachel) and I was lucky enough to test Stevie, resulting in not one but two gorgeous versions in my wardrobe.

As a tunic, I don't think Stevie would do anything for my shape due to my crazy bust-to-waist and waist-to-hip proportions. But as a top, it's everything I look for. Easy to wear and simple to sew with cute details.

The kimono sleeves means no fiddly easing in and the back yolk lends itself nicely to some  contrasting print and directional fun. Other super sweet details are the turn-up cuffs and a patch pocket, which I omitted on mine for a more streamlined look. As much as I love those details, I find cuffs don't work well with my cardigans and pockets make my bust look even larger.

Incapable of resisting a button, I went for a loop at the back instead of the ties. I love Tilly's trick of using an elasticated hairband!

I cut a size 4 across the neckline and shoulders, grading to a 5 for the rest, and I'm pretty happy with the fit. Be warned that it's a semi-cropped design, so add length before you cut out if necessary. 

As soon as I finished my test version, using fabulous floral rayon from Seoul's Dongdaemun fabric and craft market, I cut out another. This time using some monochrome ikat from my stash. I literally changed nothing and I'm happy to report that Stevie looks great in both drapey and more structured fabrics.

Stevie is definitely going to help plug a massive gap in my wardrobe!

What do you think to the new patterns from Tilly and the Buttons?


  1. Oh Marie, These are FABULOUS!!!!!! I had my eye on Stevie but you just made me download the pattern. Both blouses are modern and fresh and just what I want to wear on a warm day. Thank you for sharing! xB

  2. I love the new patterns and I love your versions! The contrast between the two fabrics on your second stevie looks amazing,p

  3. Jealous and impatient I am. I am waiting for my Stevie to arrive any day. Have fabric pre-washed. I like the fabric selection on the black and white one. Excited!

  4. Stunning! They fit you so well, and I love the fabric matching on the black and white top. Great job!

  5. Two quite different feels with the different fabric - but I love both of them and both look great on you ;o)