Tilly and the Buttons - Bobbi Skirt

by - 1/24/2020

A new sewing pattern review during the week of the launch of the pattern? Who am I? A sewing blogger? Well not entirely. But I was on the pattern testing team for the newest pattern launch from my faves at Tilly and the Buttons and I wanted to share my thoughts ASAP.

The Bobbi pattern is going to be a massive hit. It's a versatile, simple pattern, which if you so wish, shows off your stitching skills through top stitching, pockets and buttons. For my tester version I made the skirt in a medium weight, classic blue denim which has a slight amount of stretch.

Here's a peek at the pattern:

You can see how much potential this pattern has. I know I'm going to use this pattern multiple times. Way back when, I hacked the Tilly Cleo dungarees to add buttons up the front. But this version does that all for you and it's great to see a dungaree dress pattern which has a waist band. On my shape I don't like wearing dungaree dresses that are just straight up and down, so having this pattern in my stash is going to be a lot of fun.

Continuing on from my previous post about my most worn makes of 2019, I'm conscious about sewing garments that I know will get lots of every day wear and can be worn in multiple seasons. So when I went about testing Bobbi, I went to my wardrobe to see what would be most useful to me right now. I don't have a denim skirt and after looking at some high street inspiration online, I figured this would be my first version. Plus I have a similar RTW dungaree dress so felt it a bit unnecessary to make another one right now.

My thoughts on the sewing process on a whole are really positive (but please be aware I was sewing this pattern before it's release so was looking at a bit more detail at everything in the instructions). As always, Tilly's instructions were clear with broken down steps and great pictures.

Even though a pattern like this can look quite intimidating, I think the sewing process is reasonably straight forward when broken down into steps. It's lots of straight stitching and pressing as you go to keep it neat, plus I really enjoy top stitching so I liked watching this skirt come together. I was also able to use up some pretty fabric scraps for the insides of my pockets which I love.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Tilly and the Buttons 'Bobbi' Pattern

Fabric: Medium weight blue denim. I found something similar HERE.

Notions: Silver jeans buttons.

Sewing time: A couple of hours to half a day.

Modifications: None.

Fit: Good. I think next time I would make the size down as it can swivel around my waist, but it tucks a jumper in nicely so that works for me too! But with a t shirt/thin top it feels a bit big.

Difficulty: Intermediate, but simple when broken down.

Watch out for: Tidy topstitching!

Make Again?: Yes. This pattern is a wardrobe staple and I can see myself using this pattern a lot.

Overall, I'm a big fan of the Bobbi pattern and it's going to be super popular. I love that the pattern has so many options to make it your own and will work for a variety of fabrics. Personally I can see a few needlecord versions in my future and you can't go wrong with black denim.

I can't wait to see other people's versions of the Bobbi pattern popping up (I'm seeing some already and they look amazing!), I'll be stalking the hashtag for sure! What do you think of Tilly and the Buttons latest pattern release?

Thanks for reading!
Abi xo

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I was a pattern tester for the Bobbi pattern but this blog post is of my own accord and not a requirement.

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