Why we love this pattern
- As with all Tilly’s patterns the Fifi comes beautifully packaged with a very clear instruction booklet containing fabulous photos, showing all stages of making and lots of useful help and advice.
- This is a great pattern for developing your sewing skills, such as learning how to handle lightweight bias cut fabrics, making and attaching bias binding and sewing beautiful French seams for a neat and sophisticated finish.
- The pattern has been well thought out and the construction techniques, covered in the pattern, ensure that it is as neat on the inside as it is on the outside.
- The stitched-in elastic waist gives a very professional finish to the shorts and means there is no twisting of the elastic making them extremely comfortable to wear.
- The Fifi also allows you to add your own personal touches by combining different patterned fabrics and adding optional lace trimmings and contrasting bindings to create your own individual style.
- The pattern is printed on durable paper so you can use it again and again or easily trace off to make a wardrobe of Fifi’s for every day of the week!
- Above all, we love this pattern because it is the perfect excuse to add a little bit of glamour to your night-time attire.
Our top fabric picks
As the top is cut on the bias and the shorts on the straight grain, obvious directional prints are best avoided. Annette used a cotton lawn from the gorgeous Regent Street range for the Fifi shown here.
Lightweight fabrics such as cotton lawn, voile, viscose or silk would all work well. Our Regent Street Lawns would be perfect so we are offering 10% discount on the Fifi pattern when bought together with any of the cotton lawns from our Regent Street range between 9th May and 21st May 2016. Here are just a few which we think would make fabulous Fifi’s!
Our top sewing tips:
- The pattern is multi-sized so it is easy to grade between sizes if you need to. However, if you are smaller or bigger than a B cup you may also find you need to make a small or full bust adjustment to ensure a great fit. Tilly has a very helpful blog on this on her website or why not join Annette on our 2 day Fifi workshop on 22nd and 29th May, where she will expertly guide you through the whole process.
- As you are likely to be using lightweight fabrics make sure you use an appropriate needle size of 70/10 or 80/12 depending on your fabric choice.
- Stay-stitch all the bias cut edges after cutting out to prevent them distorting out of shape during construction.
- If you have never attached elastic by the stitched-in method, you may wish to practise first, in order to ensure you maintain an even stretch.
- When constructing the French seams, press your seams open and flat after the first row of stitching, before trimming them down and sewing the second row.
- Sew all bodice seams in the same direction from the bottom to the top to avoid distortion of seams.
- It is easier to sew the curved hem edge of the shorts, by machine basting 7mm in from the edge all the way round each leg, using a stitch length of 4mm first. You can then using this basting line as a guide for turning in and pressing before finally stitching into place.
The Fabulous Fifi Camisole Set by Tilly & The Buttons Workshop
If you would love to make yourself the fabulous Fifi set but feel you would like some expert help and guidance then why not book on to our two day workshop on Sunday 22nd and Sunday 29th May from 11.30am to 4.30pm. You will learn how to adjust the pattern in order to get a good fit; learn how to handle fabrics cut on the bias; how to make and attach your own bias binding and how to sew impressive French seams.
The Tilly & The Buttons Fifi pattern worth £12.50, is included in the workshop price. Further details can be found in our Workshop programme (copies available in store) and on our website. Please contact us to book your place. Don’t forget you will also get 10% off in store on any purchases you make on the day of your workshop!