I didn’t want to post a bunch of vacation makes in a row – so this week you get to see my Mario Zadie Dress from Tilly and the Buttons. I’ve made a bunch of Tilly lately because her patterns are very easy and super cute! Zadie is a knit dress that has in-seam pockets and neat details with the diagonal seams and raglan sleeves. I made the short sleeve version. Also, the Zadie is empire waist (more on that later).

At the time of making this my measurements were 36-32-40 which put me into a 4-5-5 size. I decided to follow the directions and I went with bust size 4 and graded to waist size 5 and hips size 5. I should have known to size down a little bit because I always seem to have to. I think between that and my black fabric choice (it was a bit too much of a 4 way stretch knit) I ended up taking in the sizes 1″ each. So oops… but it was a super easy... [read more]