The Megan Dress by Tilly and the Buttons is such a lovely sewing project (skill level: intermediate). Happy Sewing!
The Megan Dress by Tilly and the Buttons and is my favourite sewing pattern from her book Love at First Stitch. The high waistline bodice is elegantly shaped and it flows into a very flattering semi-fitted skirt. I love all the little details it comes with AND that it’s nicely fitted (BUT still comfortable to wear!)… and look at the short sleeves, aren’t they the cutest?!
Tilly recommends using a medium-weight fabric with enough body to hold the shape of the dress. I used cream/blue quilting cotton that I had lying around for almost 2 years. Initially I wanted to use the fabric for a different sewing project (Lonsdale Dress by Sewaholic) but I didn’t have enough fabric left for that particular dress so I was waiting for the right project to come along. I think it was totally worth the wait!
As usual, Tilly’s detailed sewing pattern instructions were easy to follow and came with plenty step by step photographs. She also provided a section with some ideas (and instructions!) to “make it your own” by adding a faux placket and/or a ribbon trim (and some other stuff!). I decided not to add any extras since I really liked the plain version of the dress. Did I mention how much I love this book??? The only thing I don’t like about it (I mentioned it before when I reviewed the Delphine Skirt) is that the sewing pattens are printed on both sides – otherwise it’s an A-W-E-S-O-M-E dressmaking book and worth every penny!
Back to the Megan Dress, this is definitely a sewing pattern that I will make again. However, next time I will make a few alterations. I was in between 3 sizes for this pattern (1-3) and couldn’t decide which one to go with (and I was too lazy to alter the pattern!). My own body measurements are 34 inches/ 86 cm (bust), 25 inches/ 63 cm (waist), and 34 inches/ 86 cm (hip). See the problem here? In the end, I decided to make the dress in a size 2 without any alterations. Although (overall) it fits very nicely, the skirt is slightly too big for me (the bodice is perfect though). For the next Megan Dress, I will use size 2 for the bust and size 1 for the skirt. Also, I think I would like to make one “winter” version by using thicker fabric and adding some lining. Anyway, I LOVE LOVE LOVE my new Megan Dress (and already wore it last weekend!).