Zoe's Green Needlecord Tilly and the Buttons Lyra Dress

Hi! Zoe here and you can find me on Instagram @sewwithzo! I'm so happy to be on the blog today talking about my new winter dress and thank you so much to Sew Me Sunshine for inviting me! 


After much deliberation and scrolling through the website, I chose a lovely deep green needlecord which I envisioned becoming a dress. The pattern I landed on is the Tilly and the Buttons Lyra dress. The long sleeve variation paired with some funky tights will be the perfect winter dress to kick off my 2022 sewing adventure!


This is my second time making this pattern and revisiting it has really shown me how my sewing has improved. The dress came together so quickly, especially using this lovely stable fabric. Plus, the dress was really warm to wear when walking around the park in this cold January weather! The fabric is very soft and cosy but holds its structure well enough to make the collar and stand. The fabric also makes lovely soft pockets which for me, is essential! 


At first, I was nervous when pressing the fabric and did lots of reading around to find the best method. I would recommend this if you're not experienced working with cord. It helped me get the best finish with the dress but didn't crush the pile which was my concern!


As a finishing touch, I searched through my stash until I found these gorgeous buttons I got at a vintage fair a few months ago. I love the unusual purple colour with the green and the intricate design - I think it sets off the dress perfectly.


After finishing, I had some scraps left and chose to make a matching scrunchie headband. This was so easy - I just sewed a long rectangle, right sides together, turned it out and slid it onto a plain hairband. I used a glue gun to attach the ends to get the scrunchie effect. A great scrap busting project and I love having matching accessories!


You can shop the green needlecord and Lyra dress sewing pattern here.

*Zoe was provided the fabric of her choice free of charge for her blog post & she was provided with a £50 voucher as payment for her time*

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