A new ladies dress and top pattern – Meet Millie.

My latest new pattern is Millie. The Millie pattern is a ladies pattern which offers two dress styles and a top version. It also has lots of hack potential too.

Millie pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

I started developing the Millie pattern much earlier in the year with a plan to publish it during the summer. However the pattern became a victim to all sorts of delays from lost post to Covid and a number of other problems in between! I decided to stay focused and push through despite having made and photographed summer versions and knowing the release would be in autumn. The pattern can easily be adapted to wear in the cooler months. Luckily my pattern testers have come up with some great examples of how to make and wear Millie for autumn and winter. I will be sharing another post soon with all their great makes and findings.

Millie pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Millie Pinafore:

The Millie pattern includes two dress styles. An A-line pinafore dress which is fitted around the bust, loose at the waist with an A-line skirt finishing at the knee. All style fasten at the back with an invisible zip.

Millie pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

The bodice features a fitted band above the bust with wide straps. The straps are wide enough to cover bra straps. The straps and band can be top-stitched to compliment the dress or stitched so that no top-stitching shows.

Millie pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

There are large feature patch pockets that are lined for a neat clean finish and stitched into the side seams.

I made this dress in craft weight cotton which comes in an abundance of colours so playing around with colour blocking is great fun. It also works in many other woven medium weight fabrics from linen blends to denim. A slightly heavier fabric such as denim would turn this into the perfect style to wear over a long sleeve t-shirt for a great autumn everyday version.

Millie pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Millie top:

The Millie top is a shortened version of the pinafore dress. It has a hem facing and side vents.

Millie pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Millie pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

The facing can be stitched on the inside or the outside as a feature. This is a great opportunity for playing with colour blocking or different prints. A practical way to use those pretty remnants from another project to create a unique feature.

I used craft weight cotton for this top. I think a soft double gauze or chambray version worn with a snugly knit or smart jacket would be lovely at this time of year.

Millie pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Tiered dress:

The tiered dress is gently gathered onto the same band and using the same straps as the other styles. Each tier is gathered on to create a full skirted maxi style.

Millie pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

I made this dress in viscose which is soft and floaty, great for holiday wear. For more impact and volume you could try it in cotton lawn or double gauze.

I hope you enjoy the new pattern. Look out for tutorials on fitting and making coming soon to my youtube channel. 

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

2 Comments

  1. Anila K on October 3, 2021 at 10:18 am

    Love the pocket design in this dress pattern. Looks different and is so practical. The great thing about this pocket design is that it is secure and my mobile phone does not fall out when sitting down.

    • Julia Claridge on October 3, 2021 at 11:21 am

      That’s such a good thing to know about. I do a love big pockets they are super practical and useful 🙂

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