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Hayley’s Indigo Dress

As soon as this blue double gauze arrived in the studio I had a piece cut and in the wash pronto! 

I already knew I wanted to make another Indigo dress after I made my first one from Septembers stretch crepe. I did have a brief look through my pattern stash just in case something jumped out at me but I was set.

As with a lot of Tilly patterns the Indigo has seen huge success and it’s easy to see why. Very similar to another community favourite, the Myosotis, it offers easy to wear style with added flair thanks to the gathers and the option of a flounce sleeve.

As I knew I would want to wear this over the winter, paired with cardigans, I chose the more simple, bracelet length sleeve and as with my first version I set in some skinny ties at the waist to draw the dress in a little to flatter my shape more. 

Having already lengthened the bodice by 5cm on my first version I knew there were a few more alterations I needed to do to help the fit at the top. Firstly I lowered the neckline a little. I just did this by free-hand, drawing a gentle curve from the shoulder down to the centre front. 

I had a bit of gaping here as well, this is a common fit alteration for me so I took a 2cm wedge out of the neckline, transfering that excess into the bust dart. I’m glad I lowered the neckline otherwise it would have been a struggle to get the dress over my head at this point! 

Finally I followed the clear instructions on Tilly’s blog for a narrow shoulder adjustment, taking 1.5cm off the shoulder seam on the front and back.

I’m so pleased with how it’s turned out and the double gauze is a total dream to sew and wear.

If I’m being really picky, the only other adjustment I’d do is to lower the bust darts a little, I had meant to do this but in my haste to wear this dress it totally slipped my mind!

I am mostly wearing this with the sleeves turned up so I’m tempted so sew a little button tab to the sleeves to hold them up and give the dress a little something extra! 

This dress and fabric combo really is #secretpyjamas and I am in love with the powder blue colour.