The middle child came with me to the Handmade Fair a couple of weeks ago. She’s a creative soul and I had a feeling she would love pretty much everything she saw. What I didn’t realise, however, was quite how persuasive she could be. We popped over to see Tilly (Bees Forever <3), who was as lovely as ever, and Lucy fell in love with the gorgeous Rosa Dress that was displayed on her stand. A quick trip over to Fabrics Galore for some lightweight denim and that was that. See – total sucker.

Although I’ve sewn a few things from her book this was my first time using one of Tilly’s stand-alone patterns, and it was a really lovely experience. It came in a nice big envelope with plenty of room for storing traced pattern pieces, and the pattern itself is printed on proper paper. None of that irritatingly floaty and tearable tissue paper that is impossible to refold in any sensible way.

img_8240Conveniently, Lucy appears to be the fit model for the Rosa dress. There were no adjustments required at all. It was a bit weird being able to sew something straight out of the envelope – I normally need all the bust alterations in the world, as well as bodice length, sway back, skirt length, back width… you get the picture. This was an extremely pleasant change. Ah, to be a teenager again.


Construction was a dream, thanks to the excellent instructions and perfect number of notches. I genuinely loved every minute of making this dress – even the collar (usually my arch nemesis). Lucy chose a cute floral print for the inside of the collar and button stand, and requested two lines of topstitching just like Tilly’s sample dress.

Let’s just take a moment to appreciate the topstitching, made so easy by my fabulous Janome. Seriously, what a machine!


So, bottom line. Excellent pattern, fab instructions, adorable dress.

img_8238And a very happy daughter.


  1. It looks brilliant. I’ve signed up for the online workshop for this dress – I need some hand-holding through some of the features – and waiting for the pattern to arrive. I’ve got some light blue chambray, some Liberty for the collar and maybe piping if I feel brave. It might be for my daughter – or even for me though I wouldn’t get away with the boots!

  2. Julie Lothian

    The Rosa dress looks lovely on your daughter. I love Tilly patterns they are helping me learn to sew and I enjoy them so much. xx

    Julie Lothian

  3. Lynsey

    Super dress and beautiful daughter. I am so tempted by this lovely pattern but not sure it would suit my frame (not sure whether it would hide or show my podgy bits 🙂 the top stitching looks great, so neat.

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