Tilly and the Buttons Freya pattern review

I would very much so consider myself a beginner when it comes to sewing. I walk into a sewing shop and feel like everyone is looking at me because I am an imposter!! I have no idea what I am doing apart from being drawn to pretty fabrics. I have been sewing on and off for 3 years now but never really taught myself anything more than the basics.
I can whip up a pair of children's leggings and with a bit of faff can make a basic child's skirt or dress but I had never done anything more adventurous.

I decided it was time for my first Selfish Sew!

I did a lot of research online and a lot of instagram searching and came across 'Tilly and the Buttons.' People seemed to be saying that these patterns were easy to follow so I thought I would give it a go. I ordered both of her books 'Love at First Stitch' and 'Stretch' via Amazon and as soon as they arrived I shut myself away in my sewing room.

Just 1 hour later I reappeared wearing a brand new top and a whole lot of confidence!

I chose the 'Freya' pattern as my first project and couldn't believe how simple and quick it was! Obviously I have a little experience sewing with jersey fabric from when I have made leggings but I had never made a top and never anything that needed to fit an adult shaped body. The patterns are all printed on huge pieces of paper. I used my measurements to select a size 4 and traced around the pattern onto Baking paper as I had it to hand. I added 2 inches to the length as I have a hatred for tops that all seem to be too short in the body on me (and miles too short by the time I've tumble dried it!)
The fabric I used is not something that I would have picked for myself but I had it in my stash from making Delilah leggings and decided it would be my practice run and I would choose some fabric I liked if it was a success.

The pattern consists of just 5 pieces! Bodice back, bodice front, two arms and a neckline so came together really quickly. Following the instructions was in fact very simple. The instructions are all printed in the book with colour pictures showing you exactly what to do which makes it much easier to follow than patterns I have seen before. I was worried about sewing the arm holes but actually they weren't a problem at all! I used my overlocker to finish the seams neatly and TADAH the Freya top was born!

This pattern is perfect for a beginner even if you've literally sewn nothing before I struggle to see where you could go wrong.

It turns out I don't actually dislike the fabric in an adult sized top and I haven't stopped wearing it since I made it but I'm so excited at the prospect of never ending possibilities! The colours and fabrics that I can easily make this in. Its definitely a wardrobe staple and I can't wait to work on something else from her books.

Thanks for reading x


  1. Congratulations Amy! Looks beautiful :) Your passion has obviously driven you to achieve remarkable things in short timeframes!

  2. This is such a cute pattern and I love how it looks on you! The fit is just perfect! Great article!

  3. It is so cute! I want to start sweing again! I will have to check out those books. Thanks so much for sharing!