Make It Simple Review Part 1

When Tilly and the Buttons first announced her new book I still hadn’t made my first Indigo dress so I wasn’t first to join the preorder list. But once I it (and the second) I preordered it straight away!

The instructions for the Indigo dress were so clear and easy to follow so I was curious to see if the book would be the same. It definitely has not disappointed me!

The book contains the same easy to follow instructions and very simple patterns. They are perfect for beginners and experienced sewists alike. I have a few big projects on the go at the moment and it was refreshing to start and finish something within a matter of hours.

The first pattern I made was the Tabitha T-shirt dress in a Tilly and the Buttons Organic Cotton Jersey, Polka Dance. I purchased this from Oh! Sew shop with this pattern in mind. Black and white polka dot is a neutral for me, so I knew this dress would get a lot of wear.

I made the size 4 but think I could have sized down. The instructions for drafting the skirt were clear, apart from the location of the fold line on one of the images. The correct location is described in the instructions though so hopefully it shouldn’t cause too much confusion.

I ended up taking the skirt in quite a bit to get it to fit around my hips so I think a size 3 would be better when I make it again. Although I will be happy with the size 4 for the Juno Pyjama top.

My next make was the Bertha Cardigan. I made this in a John Kaldor Suzette Jersey from Minerva. This will be part of an upcoming blog post which I will link to when it is live.

This was another easy make. It probably has the most pattern pieces out of all the patterns in the book but it is still a very easy make with endless opportunities for making it your own. And I love the pocket hack! I can see this pattern being very popular already.

Next up were the Safiya Trousers in a Lilac Herringbone from Pound Fabrics. I bought this fabric with the intention of making a loose fitting suit for Spring so these trousers were perfect.

Again this was a very easy make. If you leave out the pockets there are only 2 pattern pieces! 3 including the pockets. The longest process in making this pattern was the waistband, but this is still very simple to do.

The construction of the waistband leads to a very flattering fit and they are so comfortable. I graded from a size 3 at the waist to a 4 at the hips and added 1 inch to the rise. This is an adjustment I make to all trousers for my shape.

These trousers would be amazing in a leightweight viscose or chambray coming into the warmer months. I think the pattern will look better in a lighter weight fabric as it bunches a bit around the front in this fabric. I think using a fabric with a little more drape would solve this problem.

So far I have really enjoyed making these quick and easy projects. This book is perfect is you are looking for something quick and satisfying to make. Everything is broken down into smaller chunks which is a method that can easily be transferred to all projects. The instructions are also broken down into Shortcut Steps so you can quickly glance and what you need to do next.

If you are a beginner looking for something easy to get started this book is perfect as it is all well explained and easy to understand.

I have plans for the rest of this book, including a hack for the Olive pinafore which I am really excited about.

Happy sewing,

Sharlene xx