Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Spoonflower. All opinions are mine.
Ever since the “Stretch” book by Tilly and the Buttons came out, I’ve been eyeing up a few of the patterns which I knew were going to be perfect for my wardrobe and style. However, life came in the way and the only thing I had made so far was the Joni dress. This year though I made a promise to myself that I’m going to start using my sewing books. I have so many books with beautiful patterns in them and it’s finally time to use what I already have. So when I was trying to figure out what to make for my next Spoonflower project, the Freya dress was on the top of my list.
But let me tell you the story from the beginning. Back in October, when I was choosing my 3 fabrics for my collaboration with Spoonflower, I found this stunning print! Not only was it striped, but it also had cute illustrated hearts on it in my favorite colors. It was meant to be! I chose to print it in Spoonflower’s cotton spandex jersey with the plan to make either a top or a dress of some description.
Amongst the patterns that I had shortlisted for this fabric was the Tilly and the Buttons Nora top, my Sheona top or dress, the Suzy dress -a pattern I am launching very soon- or something from Tilly’s “Stretch” book. However, I couldn’t make a decision! I am not exaggerating when I say that I spent an entire morning staring at this fabric as I had it laid on my cutting table, trying to make up my mind. The sensible way to go was to make a top, as I tend to wear tops much more these days because it’s freeeezing cold outside! But on the other hand, I wanted to try out something new. I have so many Sheona tops in my wardrobe, I had already tried out the Nora top and I wanted a little adventure. So, I decided to go for the TATB Freya dress!
The Freya dress and top is one of the patterns featured in Tilly’s book and last year, when it first came up, everyone was making it! I was seeing it everywhere in many different variations and I was so tempted to try the version with the ruffled detail on the bust.
The overall shape of the dress has very much a 60s vibe, as the dress hem flares out into an A-shape, much like her Coco dress. Having made my fair share of Cocos in the past, I knew that I was going to like this feature of the Freya as well.
I traced out my pattern pieces, measured the rectangle for my ruffle and got into sewing. I was a little bit intimidated by the ruffle, but only because the edges were not finished and I didn’t want my dress to look sloppily made. However, my Spoonflower jersey was the perfect choice for this garment! Not only did it not fray, but the edges didn’t twist at all. The fact that it’s cotton jersey meant that it had the stability and weight I needed to manipulate it easily and basically it was a dream to work with!
I sewed up this dress in less than 2 hours. Tilly’s instructions were fabulous as always and the way the ruffle is attached on the dress is simply genius. I made sure I measured each ruffle while folding them so that they looked as even as possible and used lots of pins to hold things in place. That part was the most time consuming of the whole process but it’s definitely worth taking it slow tp avoid unpicking your seams.
Needless to say I am in LOVE with my Freya dress! It’s everything I’m looking for in a garment. Comfortable to wear, warm and cute! The fabric has the perfect weight for it as well. It’s not too stiff, but at the same time it holds the shape of the A-line hem and it’s not transparent at all, despite the fact that it’s white.
I don’t normally wear such light colors in the winter, but the black stripes on the print allowed me to pair my dress with my ankle boots and a black jacket. I can see myself wearing it a lot this time of year and it will also be my Valentine’s day dress 🙂
I hope you love my Freya dress as much as I do! I’m so so happy that I made it in the end because it’s a dress that you’ll never see in any store and the print is just lovely and so very “me”!
If you are also looking for beautiful jerseys (and a huuuge variety of prints and fabric qualities), make sure you check out the Spoonflower website. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!
Until the next time, happy sewing!