Tuesday, June 10, 2014

My Week with Tilly: The Lilou 'Queen Anne's Lace' Dress

I'm back from a lovely short holiday and am excited to show you my most recent creation!  I was delighted to pattern test the Lilou dress pattern from Tilly's new book: Love at First Stitch.  It's such a fabulous dress pattern with a chic no-fuss bodice and a beautifully draped skirt.

I cut into some precious Japanese cotton fabric that I purchased last year for the bodice.  It reminds me a bit of a 1950s pattern with hearts and flowers.  The bodice is very straightforward to sew together and has a neat lining.  I used a polka dot fabric for the bodice lining (fun!)

The skirt fabric is a lovely twill blend that is stable but with some drape.  This dress fits fabulously into my work wardrobe as it works well under a wool blazer:

Here's my best Tilly pose....have you seen the pictures from the book??  One of my favourite things to do is to read it before bed and look at all the beautiful pictures and imagine all the clothes I am going to make!!

There's something about the faux separates look that I just love in dresses!

I am really pleased with the way the dress came out.  I feel like I could wear it in almost every season – it's perfect for hot summer days or paired with a jacket for those cool autumn and spring nights.

The dress is also perfect for twirling :-)

Do you have the book?  Are you planning to make some of the patterns?  I can't wait to try them all!!


  1. Love the dress, love the shoes, love the blazer. What a great look the contrasting fabrics give it.

  2. Love your version of this x have the book and am desperate to make something but alas must wait until studying is over x

  3. Another winner! I love the shoes, too! I picked up the book for my sister as she wants to learn to sew and Tilly's style is very close to hers. I'm loving these looks on other people, but not sure they're for me. :)

  4. The dress looks so lovely on you Debi! I love the contrast between the bodice and the top. And, I love how you always take your pictures in the park! I feel like if I just went to a park in Edinburgh you'd be there, wearing an amazing dress!

  5. I love it, Debi! I keep meaning to do some faux separates dresses myself (in fact I bought a Kona cotton color card for exploring just that very thing). And it looks delightful with the bright red belt, too. Tilly's book isn't available on US Amazon yet but I just realized (duh) I could order it from her site, so I may just do that. After seeing Marie's and now your Lilou, I definitely need one in my life! :)

  6. Faux separates! Genius!! I love the idea of separates, but hardly wear them.... This might just be the answer to my conundrum. And what a dress for inspiration! Love the fabric choices, and the finished pretty is amazing! ♡


    bonita of Lavender & Twill

  7. This is lovely. The dress is beautiful as faux separates. The fabric you have used for the bodice is absolutely beautiful.

  8. You look fabulous! I love your faux separates dress - the fabrics work perfectly together, and the red belt is a perfect addition :)

  9. So absolutely cute! And your fabric choices are spot on. Love Tilly's book. x


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