Our latest sewing pattern release, the Billie sweatshirt and sweater dress, has been super popular with our lovely customers. And it’s been highly coveted by Team Buttons too!
The Billie sweatshirt is the perfect thing to wear when you want to look on-trend and feel comfortable at the same time. Better yet, Billie is endlessly versatile, with loads of different design details and opportunities to add your unique twist. Choose between making a sweatshirt or sweater dress, add regular or balloon sleeves, and if you fancy it, go wild by adding with pre-made patterned cuffs and vinyl motifs. Suffice to say, the Buttons have opted for all of these options for their Billies 🙂
Kate, Frances and I (Nikki) have each stitched up a very different Billie and want to show them off to the world. Carry on reading to see what we’ve been making…
I don’t know about you but when I saw Frances’s Billie sweatshirt I was blown away! Our Office and Wholesale Assistant had the initial idea for it over a year ago, long before Billie came into being.
I can’t get enough of how comfortable this dress is. I picked up this organic sweatshirt fleece from Fabric Godmother, and beady-eyed readers might notice it’s a different colourway of the fabric we used for the balloon sleeve dress in our model shoot. Not only is the fabric super snuggly on the inside, the shape of the dress is also massively comfortable too. It’s the perfect Goldilocks-esque fit – not too tight, not too loose, but just right. The sort of outfit you could wear to work or out with friends and feel comfortable and smart in at the same time.
I can’t wait to make more Billies, and have four planned at the latest count! There’s a gorgeous dusky rose sweatshirt fabric in my stash which is begging to be made into a regular sleeve Billie sweatshirt when I can find a spare couple of hours. I’ve just bought my first flat (eeek!) so I’m very time poor at the moment whilst we pack and decorate, but this will be the first thing I’m going to make as soon as I can.
Our Office Manager Kate loves a dramatic sleeve, so I wasn’t surprised at all when she said she’d made a Billie sweatshirt with balloon sleeves so she can – and I quote – live her “best Dynasty life!”. She made her Billie sweatshirt in a black French Terry from Stoff and Stil, and added some orange leopard print cuffs (her favourite colour combined with her favourite print) on the sleeves from Sister Mintaka for a fun contrast against the dark fabric.