Let’s Sew Skye! Inspo & Material Buying

Let's Sew Skye! Inspo & Fabric Shopping

Summer season is in full swing and fortunate for you we have simply launched the final word hot-weather stitching sample, the Skye sundress. If you have not learn Nikki’s introduction publish, then pop on over as a result of she’s shared all the main points it’s essential to learn about this easy-breezy design. 


The easy becoming empire waist bodice is gently formed with pleats below the bust and has a neat bias binding end on the within. The marginally sq. scoop neckline is designed to cowl a bra, with non-obligatory bra strap stays for added safety. Add the non-obligatory fake ties to the straps for an additional contact of caprice. Select from mini-, knee- or maxi-length hemlines for the floaty, gathered skirt. And, after all, it has facet seam pockets on your ice cream cash!

Get your copy of the Skye sundress stitching sample HERE. Skye is accessible in TWO dimension bands UK 6-24 / US 2-20 / EUR 34-52 or UK 16-34 / US 12-30 / EUR 44-62. If you’re in between the 2 dimension bands or need to study extra about our new sizes, try this publish to see which one is best for you. 

Skye is a cloth versatile sample, so we’re positive you will have one thing excellent ready in your material stash already! We advocate mild to medium weight materials akin to cotton garden, poplin, seersucker, lighter weight linen and blends, double gauze, viscose (rayon), lyocell (Tencel), silk or poly crepe de chine.

Now let’s get some inspiration!

Checks and Gingham

Because of Skye’s mini, maxi and midi skirt lengths, she will be able to carry any and all prints! Checks and ginghams are really easy to put on, are available limitless color choices and material sorts and can by no means exit of fashion. Choose a basic cotton poplin gingham for an on a regular basis Skye or go fancy with a daring sateen to take Skye to the following degree of dreamy.

This quick and candy Skye is constituted of a basic cotton poplin which is sweet & simple to stitch with and to take care of. This attractive gingham print is available in a spread of vibrant shades, together with the vibrant yellow we used, however this pink is asking my identify too (Tilly already bagged the turquoise in candy pea gauze for a Lyra gown)! Skye appears to be like pretty when it is layered with a t-shirt beneath do not you assume? It is positively how we will probably be styling ours – with a straw bag and shades after all! Try our Tabitha T-Shirt sample from the Make It Easy e book for a mode you will sew repeatedly.

Skye pattern material equipped by Spoonflower.

Plain & Easy

There’s nothing boring about stitching with plain materials! In actual fact, it is a pretty approach to showcase Skye’s delicate pleated bust element and to point out off your skirt gathers. Need to be sure your gathers are good & even? Us too! Try this publish with all the ideas you want (together with a helpful video!).

The material you select on your Skye can actually inform the silhouette and general look of the gown. This implies you may make the sample a number of occasions in several materials, and get a distinct general look every time – end result! Cotton poplin, linen and seersucker are barely structured materials, which can look nice when made within the mini-length model. For the knee- and maxi-length variations, one thing a bit drapier and softer will look completely fab – attempt a viscose, viscose/linen mix, lyocell (tencel), silk or poly crepe de chine for materials with an irresistible swoooosh. 

For our maxi size gown above we used a chic viscose linen slub in ocean inexperienced, which supplied a beautiful drape and the linen content material makes this gown excellent for carrying all summer season lengthy. This material can also be out there in different shades together with lilac & coral.

Skye pattern material equipped by Sew Me Sunshine.


We reckon A LOT of individuals are about to be making rainbow-striped Skye clothes due to this beautiful material print we picked in a flowy crepe de chine. The colorful, gradient stripes work superbly on a protracted skirt, like our model. This material design additionally is available in a narrower stripe which we’re having a tough time resisting and can be pretty for a mini-length Skye… *provides to cart*

Skye pattern material equipped by Spoonflower.


Attire: hearts, white, yellow, pinks
Materials: leopard, lemonslollipops, faces, hearts

Skye is ready on your boldest material! She will carry it off with no drawback. With the entrance & again bodices and skirt items reduce on the fold, there’s little likelihood of your patterned material being cut up up an excessive amount of, so it may well do all of the speaking. From lollipops to lemons, Skye can deal with it!


The last word summer season material selection after all, and whether or not you go for ditsy or daring, there is a Skye gown excellent on your floral material. One other pretty summer season material selection is a Broderie Anglaise, however you would want so as to add a lining or put on it with a slip beneath. Floral was my first selection and I’ve gone all-out Seventies with my maxi Skye gown.

Pink and crimson is all the time a successful color combo and this blob flowers print wasn’t going to move us by! It is such a enjoyable, daring print and works completely with the knee-length Skye and the natural candy pea gauze holds such a beautiful form. It additionally is available in a number of colourways and an lovely ditsy mini print model. 

Skye pattern material equipped by Spoonflower.


Right here at Tilly and the Buttons we strongly consider you possibly can by no means go improper with a polka dot! Random dots, excellent polkas, large and daring, or mini – we’ll have a Skye in each combo!

Apart from material and thread, you will want little or no in the way in which of provides for the Skye sundress. You have got the selection of both shopping for pre-made bias binding or making your individual. The directions cowl tips on how to sew with each so we have got you coated no matter you select. Nevertheless, in the event you’re a newbie (or time poor like me), shopping for bias binding will velocity up your stitching time and make issues a bit easier.

Search for a 10-13mm (1/8-1/2in) extensive single fold bias binding if you wish to purchase it pre-made, or a light-weight cotton if you wish to make your individual. Fancy studying tips on how to make your individual bias binding? Try this publish to learn the way – it is an excellent stash buster too!

If you want extra steerage on stitching with bias binding, keep tuned as we’ll be sharing our ideas and tutorial quickly.

For Skye, we additionally advocate stabilising the neckline and armholes with iron-on seam tape in the event you’re utilizing a fragile, shifty material akin to viscose. It is tremendous simple to use and is accessible at a great deal of haberdasheries and material retailers within the UK. We used this tape which was very simple to make use of and apply.

Are you full to the brim with inspiration for making and carrying your Skye sundress? We hope so! We can not wait to see what you make and the way you type your Skye, so please do share it with us by tagging @TillyButtons and utilizing the #SewingSkye tag. Convey on the solar!


Writer: Abi Dyson
Fashions: Averil de Souza and Andii Melody Mae

Hair and make-up: Julie Wong

Samples: Sewn by Lisa Obuchowska

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Melody’s samples:

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