This blog post is very kindly sponsored by Spoonflower. All opinions are my own.
One of the patterns that I was dying to try this season was without a doubt the new Romy dress by Tilly and the Buttons. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I love a jersey dress any day of the year and so the minute I saw this release, it jumped to the top of my sewing list.
Tilly has a great way of combining simple, classic lines with adorable details and interesting techniques. And the Romy is no exception. But let me start from the beginning.
The Romy pattern was released a few months ago along with the Jessa trousers. I was lucky enough to receive a copy of both patterns by the TATB team and I couldn’t wait to give them a go. The release of the Romy coincided with the time I was choosing my fabrics for my collaboration with Spoonflower, so naturally, I picked something that would be as cute as this dress deserves: a pineapple jersey! Eeeeeek!!!
Let’s talk about this fabric for a minute. Up until now, my go-to jersey from Spoonflower was the Cotton Spandex Jersey. This is the quality I used for my Freya dress and for our Christmas pajamas. This time I wanted to try their Modern Jersey (95% polyester, 5% spandex jersey knit fabric with plenty of stretch and a cotton-like feel) and I have to admit I am even more impressed! This jersey is much softer than the other quality, it has a wonderful stretch and drape and it was a dream to work with. I really like how it feels against my skin and I was so pleased with my choice!
The even more amazing thing with Spoonflower is that I could choose any print I wanted from the millions (!) of options on their website. Naturally, I went for something cute and whimsical, haha! This pineapple design is so adorable and I love the colors as well. In all honesty though, I think it is a bit too much for a dress and would probably look better as pajamas. I am considering chopping off the dress into a top length and wear it with a pair of jeans, just to tone it down a bit, but other than that, I really like it!
Regarding the Romy, as with all of Tilly’s patterns, it was simply perfect. A few of you recommended that I size down when posted my plans on Instagram and so I opted for a size 3. The dress ended up quite roomy, which is the style of this particular garment. However, as I prefer my clothes to be close-fitting, I took it in a bit more at the side seams.
The Romy comes with 2 versions: one with back ties and one with a contrasting binding. It has a high slash envelope neckline and different sleeve length options. I made the long sleeves with the back ties and was really impressed with the way the dress came together. The ties are attached in a very clever way and Tilly has a detailed video tutorial on her Instagram stories, in case you are a visual person and want some additional help with this part.
Overall, I’m pretty happy with how my Romy turned out! It’s sooo comfortable and cute, perfect to wear in the weekend and lounge around the house. I would definitely make it again, possible in a striped jersey!
I hope you enjoyed seeing my new dress and reading my thoughts on this popular pattern.
If you have made it or are planning to, let me know in the comments below! And of course, if you are searching for the perfect jersey to make your Romy, have a look at the amazing selection of fabrics on Spoonflower. I am 100% sure that you will find what you were looking for, no matter how crazy it is!
Until the next time, happy sewing!