Tilly and the Buttons - Rosa Shirt Dress

by - 1/29/2017

Tilly and the Buttons - Rosa Shirt Dress

Needlecord has fast become my favourite fabric to sew with during Winter. It looks super chic and keeps you warm too! When I spotted this gorgeous forest green needlecord instore at my local haberdashery, I had to get some for my stash.

When the Tilly and the Buttons Rosa Shirt & Shirt Dress Sewing Pattern was released last year, I wasn't really interested and had written it off. But after seeing a few versions pop up on curvier girls, I thought I would give it a try. Plus I do love a shirt dress (usually with a waist and full skirt).

Here's a peek at the pattern:

Even though it isn't my usual shirt dress style, it still looked like it had a nice shape, with a fitted waist which flares out into an A-line skirt. A style which I do think is really flattering, so I hoped it would have the right effect on me!

I'm surprised at how much I like this pattern and have gotten a lot of wear out of it since I made it. I started this dress waaaay back in November, but ended up being shelved as I am very easily distracted! But at the beginning of January, I didn't want to start the new year with a UFO in the sewing room, so I made a conscious effort to finish and now I'm annoyed at myself for not finishing it sooner!

I also enjoyed sewing this dress and found the pattern nice and easy to follow. I also think needlecord is the perfect fabric for this dress, so if you're plotting some Winter makes, add this to your list!

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Tilly and the Buttons Rosa Shirt & Shirt Dress Sewing Pattern

Fabric: Needlecord Corduroy Dress Fabric - Forest Green

Notions: Metal Buttons

Sewing time: Mine was a UFO for a while, but this probably would of taken me a full day or a weekend.

Modifications: None.

Fit: Near perfect! (I know, weird)

Difficulty: Medium. A great venture into shirts for beginners as Tilly's patterns are simple to follow and clearly illustrated.

Watch out for: Tidy top-stitching and a neat collar really make this shirt dress sing!

Make Again?: Yes! I love this in needlecord, but I know I'd love it in denim too.

Tada! My finished Rosa shirt dress.
Overall, I'm really happy with my Rosa shirt dress. I can't believe I nearly disregarded this sewing pattern as I'm now looking forward to making more.

Thanks for reading, pinups!

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  1. Oh my!!

    This is the cutest shape shirt dress and that fabric is divine! Especially in gorgeous forest green! A sure fire win, I'd say!

    Faded Windmills

  2. Super little dress, and good fabric choice!

  3. Looks great, very wearable and the fit is perfect, looking forward to seeing your next one ☺

  4. Ooo, this is lovely. I love the colour and the needlecord. I'm planning on making this in faux suede, just haven't done it yet!

  5. Lovely dress! Do you remember where you got the fabric from!? Claire