SEW A PRETTY PARTY DRESS
A favourite of our founder Tilly, the Martha dress is a contemporary update on the fit-and-flare style. It features a high neckband, flattering princess seam panels, a bias-cut flared skirt and closes with an invisible zip at centre back. Choose from short sleeves or three-quarter length bell sleeves, with knee-length or mini hemline. It's great for twirling!
Wear Martha to work or to play, with sunglasses and wedges in the Summer, or with knitted tights and boots in the winter.
Like all Tilly and the Buttons sewing patterns, Martha includes easy-to-follow instructions with photos showing you how to sew each step – making it easy for you to create gorgeous clothes you can be proud to say you made yourself.
PRINTED PATTERN - You’ll receive a gorgeous printed package in the post containing full-scale pattern sheets and a colour instruction booklet. (Alternatively, you can order the digital version to print and assemble at home, or have the copy shop A0 option printed.)
SKILL LEVEL - Improvers
BONUS TUTORIALS - Find help with choosing fabric and fitting adjustments on our blog.
FABRIC SUGGESTIONS – Light- to medium-weight fabrics, such as viscose (rayon), silk or polyester crêpe de chine, cotton lawn, chambray, broderie anglaise, double knit with a little stretch, lighter weight wool. Avoid directional prints as the skirt is cut on the bias (at an angle). How about adding a lace trim to the bodice or piping the princess seams?
- Fabric - Mini length – 2.9m (3 1/8 yards) x 150cm (60in) wide / 3.5m (3 7/8 yards) x 115cm (45in) wide; Knee length – 3.4m (3 3/4 yards) x 150cm (60in) wide / 4.2m (4 5/8 yards) x 115cm (45in) wide (0.2m / ¼ yard less for short sleeve version)
- Matching thread
- 56cm (22in) invisible zip
- 0.25m (1/4 yard) iron-on interfacing – similar weight to your fabric
- For collar: 1 rounded or fabric-covered button + elasticated hair band or 8cm (3in) piece of narrow ribbon
- Sewing machine and basic tools, including an invisible zip foot
SIZES (Body measurements)
Pattern sizes below are not applicable to the maternity patterns.
|1 (UK 6 / US 2 / EUR 34)||76cm (30in)||61cm (24in)||84cm (33in)|
|2 (UK 8 / US 4 / EUR 36)||81cm (32in)||66cm (26in)||89cm (35in)|
|3 (UK 10 / US 6 / EUR 38)||86.5cm (34in)||71cm (28in)||94cm (37in)|
|4 (UK 12 / US 8 / EUR 40)||91.5cm (36in)||76cm (30in)||99cm (39in)|
|5 (UK 14 / US 10 / EUR 42)||96.5cm (38in)||81cm (32in)||104cm (41in)|
|6 (UK 16 / US 12 / EUR 44)||101.5cm (40in)||86.5cm (34in)||109cm (43in)|
|7 (UK 18 / US 14 / EUR 46)||106.5cm (42in)||91.5cm (36in)||114cm (45in)|
|8 (UK 20 / US 16 / EUR 48)||112cm (44in)||96.5cm (38in)||119.5cm (47in)|
|9 (UK 22 / US 18 / EUR 50)||117cm (46in)||101.5cm (40in)||124.5cm (49in)|
|10 (UK 24 / US 20 / EUR 52)||122cm (48in)||106.5cm (42in)||129.5cm (51in)|
*Sizes 9 and 10 are included in the Coco, Cleo, Dominique, Stevie, Stevie add-on, Indigo, Indigo add-on, Bobbi, Alexa, Jaimie and Lotta sewing patterns and the Make It Simple book. We'll be adding these sizes to more patterns in the future, so watch this space!
Orders by post
Our sewing goodies are hand-picked and packed in our South London studio by either Frances or Kate, who put lots of love and care into each precious parcel that leaves us.
Kate and Frances will aim to get all orders packed and shipped within 3 working days.
We are using Royal Mail who are under extreme pressure during these exceptionally busy times. Please be aware that there may be a delay with Royal Mail during this period. We very much appreciate your patience and understanding and ask that you don’t contact us about receiving your order until 10 working days after the order was placed for the UK customers.
For our International Customers all orders will be sent using Royal Mail's second class service. To Europe please allow 5 to 10 working days for arrival, to the rest of the world 7 to 12 working days. Things can take a little longer to arrive at international destinations, so please allow 30 working days after the order was placed before contacting us.
Customers outside of Europe ordering 3 or more patterns, a signed book and/or fabric or a kit will be sent using Royal Mail's tracked service.
|To the UK:||To Europe:||To the rest of the world:|
|Any number of patterns||£2.00||-||-|
|1 - 2 patterns||-||£4.50||£6.00|
|3 or more patterns||-||£7.50||£19.00 (tracked)|
|1 signed book and / or fabric with any number of patterns||£3.00||£10.00||£25.00 (tracked)|
|2 signed book and / or fabric with any number of patterns*||
|3 signed book and / or fabric with any number of patterns*||£8.00||£29.00||£75.00 (tracked)|
*If ordering more than one signed books, each book will be sent as a a separate parcel.
Receiving digital patterns
Digital patterns are PDF files delivered to your email instantly, ready for you to print at home (or at the office – ssshhh!) on A4 or US Letter paper. You will also receive the copy shop A0 files for large format printing.