Paige Joanna


Handmade Tilly & The Buttons Alexa Romper

  • Paige
  • May 27, 2020

I’m back again with another sewing make, the Tilly & The Buttons Alexa Romper. It is one of the latest pattern releases and comes as a jumpsuit or romper style. I decided to make the romper short version in a lovely lightweight linen from Sew Me Sunshine. Continue reading to find out more.

Tilly & The Buttons Alexa Romper

Paige Joanna Tilly & The Buttons Alexa Romper sew me sunshine

Paige Joanna Tilly & The Buttons Alexa Romper sew me sunshine blue

Paige Joanna Tilly & The Buttons Alexa Romper linen

Paige Joanna Tilly & The Buttons Alexa Romper sew me sunshine linen

This is the perfect clothing item for summer so I am so excited to have made it. The lightweight linen fabric from Sew Me Sunshine is in a gorgeous bright blue shade. When I ordered the fabric I thought it was going to be more mint but I love how it has turned out. I think it looks extra cute worn with white sandals and summery sunglasses. I wore it out for these photos in the midday heat we have been having in the UK and the fabric meant I stayed cool. The style of the romper is perfect for summer with the slouchy fit. The rolled-up sleeves, pockets, and sleeve tabs all give the finished look an expensive feel to it. The extra details are what make your make even more special.

Finishing Touches

Paige Joanna Tilly & The Buttons Alexa Romper button detail

As I sewed the top together the fabric was looking very hospital scrub like and I wanted to make sure it didn’t resemble that in the finished piece. Once I sewed on the shorts it started looking more stylish rather than workwear. The benefit of having the 4 buttons on the front, on the pockets, and the sleeves mean you can add a unique look to your make. I went for vintage pearlescent pink buttons for the front and pockets, then yellow flowers for the sleeve tab. It’s with these finishing touches that I fell in love with the finished make. The pale blue linen looks great with the pastel contrasting buttons and I think it helped step it away from workwear vibes into more stylish vintage-inspired.

The Fit

I’m still very new to sewing patterns so my fit game isn’t strong currently. I made this in my size and I am happy with the overall look of it for my first try. Going forward I will shorten the body as there is a bulk in the middle where I should have shortened it about 2/3cm. It’s good to learn from previous mistakes and arguably I should have made a toile but I don’t have any cheaper similar fabrics, as well as being lazy! For this romper though I think the bagginess of the body adds to the dressed-down casual look of it.

Also when fitting the body and shorts as I was sewing I realised the body was a little on the snug side across my hips. So I graded the seam allowance to make the hips on the top and the shorts a size 5 instead of the original 4 I cut out. I’m so glad I did this because I can take it on and off a lot easier and it’s not too tight on my hips and bum.

Paige Joanna Tilly & The Buttons Alexa Romper

I hope you love the finished result as much as I do! If you want to make it for yourself then you can order the pattern here. Don’t forget to check out Sew Me Sunshine as her choice of fabrics is as lovely as always. Thanks so much for reading.