Nell Dress & Blouse | Tilly and The Buttons


Meet your new favourite sewing pattern! Nell is a timeless, easy-to-wear blouse and dress that will be on regular rotation in your wardrobe. Simple to sew, this mix ‘n’ match pattern includes four blouse and dress options and four sleeve styles to choose from, plus optional patch pockets and choice of button-front style or on-trend tie opening. The only question is which version will you make first?

  • Straight blouse, peplum blouse, knee-length or midi-length gathered dress
  • Relaxed fit bodice with bust darts
  • V neckline finished with a facing
  • Choice of button-front opening or faux bow ties with hidden snaps
  • Four sleeve options: short and straight, bracelet-length, flutter, or lined puffball
  • Optional patch pockets on the bodice or skirt

Scroll down for more details on the pattern.

4 in stock


SKILL LEVEL – Confident Beginner

SIZE RANGE – UK 6-34 / US 2-30 / EUR 34-62 / AUS 6-34

FABRIC SUGGESTIONS -Light-to medium-weight woven fabrics such as cotton lawn, poplin, chambray, flannel, linen blends, Tencel (lyocell), viscose (rayon). For the puffball sleeve, choose a fabric with body that will hold its shape. The straight sleeve dress could also be made in needlecord or lighter-weight denim.

Perfect in our Quintessential Irish Linen. Choose 150gsm for the blouse,  or 230gsm for the dress

Check out the beautiful viscose fabrics in stock here.

Or perhaps the gorgeous cottons here


  • Fabric (see above + back of envelope – image in the photo carousel)
  • Matching thread
  • 0.9m (1yd) iron-on interfacing (similar weight to your fabric)
  • 10-15mm (⅜-⅝in) wide buttons or sew-on snaps (for faux tie versions): 6 for straight blouse, 7 for peplum blouse, 10 for knee-length dress, or 11 for midi dress
  • Sewing machine and basic tools, incl buttonhole foot

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