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Tilly and The Buttons SKYE Sundress Pattern


Reach for this throw-it-on sundress on those sticky, hot summer days when you don’t know what else to wear, or layer it up over a t-shirt as the sun goes down. The easy-fitting empire waist bodice is gently shaped with pleats under the bust and has a neat bias binding finish on the inside. The slightly square scoop neckline is designed to cover a bra, with optional bra strap stays for added security. Add the optional faux ties to the straps for an extra touch of whimsy. Choose from mini-, knee- or maxi-length hemlines for the floaty, gathered skirt. And, of course, it has side seam pockets for your ice cream money! Skye includes Tilly and the Buttons' award-winning beginner-friendly instructions, with colour photos showing you each step – making it easy for you to create gorgeous clothes you can be proud to say you made yourself.

SKILL LEVEL - Confident Beginner

SIZE RANGE - UK 6-24 (US 2-20 / EUR 34-52)

FABRIC SUGGESTIONS- Light- to medium-weight fabrics such as cotton lawn, poplin, seersucker, lighter-weight linen and blends, double gauze, viscose (rayon), lyocell (Tencel), silk or poly crepe de chine.

Size Guide

SIZES (body measurements)

1 (UK 6) 76cm (30in) 61cm (24in) 84cm (33in)
2 (UK 8) 81cm (32in) 66cm (26in) 89cm (35in)
3 (UK 10) 86.5cm (34in) 71cm (28in) 94cm (37in)
4 (UK 12) 91.5cm (36in) 76cm (30in) 99cm (39in)
5 (UK 14) 96.5cm (38in) 81cm (32in) 104cm (41in)
6 (UK 16) 101.5cm (40in) 86.5cm (34in) 109cm (43in)
7 (UK 18) 106.5cm (42in) 91.5cm (36in) 114cm (45in)
8 (UK 20) 112cm (44in) 96.5cm (38in) 119.5cm (47in)
9 (UK 22) 117cm (46in) 101.5cm (40in) 124.5cm (49in)
10 (UK 24) 122cm (48in) 106.5cm (42in) 129.5cm (51in)

  • Fabric
  • Small piece of iron on interfacing
  • Matching and contrast thread
  • Optional: 2.6m iron-on seam tape
  • 8m of 10-13mm wide single fold bias binding
    OR 0.4m extra fabric (such as lightweight cotton) to make your own
  • Sewing machine and basic tools
  • For optional bra stays: hand sewing needle + 2 x small sew-on snaps


    140cm wide fabric
    MINI-LENGTH: Sizes 1-8 – 1.9m (2 1/8yd) * Sizes 9-10 - 2.3m (2 1/2yd)*

    KNEE-LENGTH: Sizes 1-8 – 2.2m (2 1/2yd) *Sizes 9-10 - 2.5m (2 3/4yd)*

    MAXI-LENGTH: Sizes 1-8 – 2.8m (3 1/8yd) * Sizes 9-10 - 3.1m (3 3/8yd)*

    115cm wide fabric

    MINI-LENGTH: Sizes 1-3 – 2.2m (2 1/2yd) * Sizes 4-10 - 2.3m (2 1/2yd)*

    KNEE-LENGTH: Sizes 1-3 – 2.4m (2 5/8yd) * Sizes 4-10 - 2.5m (2 3/4yd)*

    MAXI-LENGTH: Sizes 1-3 – 3m (3 3/8yd) * Sizes 4-10 - 3.1m (3 3/8yd)*

    *Add 0.4m (1/2yd) extra fabric if you want to make your own bias binding