Skye Sundress Paper Pattern - Tilly and the Buttons


Reach for this throw-it-on sundress on those sticky, hot summer days when you don’t know what else to wear, or layer it up over a t-shirt as the sun goes down. The easy-fitting empire waist bodice is gently shaped with pleats under the bust and has a neat bias binding finish on the inside.

The slightly square scoop neckline is designed to cover a bra, with optional bra strap stays for added security. Add the optional faux ties to the straps for an extra touch of whimsy. Choose from mini-, knee- or maxi-length hemlines for the floaty, gathered skirt. And, of course, it has side seam pockets for your ice cream money!

Skye includes Tilly and the Buttons' award-winning beginner-friendly instructions, with colour photos showing you each step – making it easy for you to create gorgeous clothes you can be proud to say you made yourself.

Designer: Tilly and the Buttons

Skill Level: Confident Beginner

Size Range: UK 6-24 (US 2-20 / EUR 34-52)

Fabric Suggestions: Light- to medium-weight fabrics such as cotton lawn, poplin, seersucker, lighter-weight linen and blends, double gauze, viscose (rayon)Tencel (lyocell), silk or poly crepe de chine.

Fabric Requirements: 

140cm wide fabric
MINI-LENGTH: Sizes 1-8 – 1.9m (2 1/8yd)* Sizes 9-10 - 2.3m (2 1/2yd)*
KNEE-LENGTH: Sizes 1-8 – 2.2m (2 1/2yd)* Sizes 9-10 - 2.5m (2 3/4yd)*
MAXI-LENGTH: Sizes 1-8 – 2.8m (3 1/8yd)* Sizes 9-10 - 3.1m (3 3/8yd)*

115cm wide fabric
MINI-LENGTH: Sizes 1-3 – 2.2m (2 1/2yd)* Sizes 4-10 - 2.3m (2 1/2yd)*
KNEE-LENGTH: Sizes 1-3 – 2.4m (2 5/8yd)* Sizes 4-10 - 2.5m (2 3/4yd)*
MAXI-LENGTH: Sizes 1-3 – 3m (3 3/8yd)* Sizes 4-10 - 3.1m (3 3/8yd)*

*Add 0.4m (1/2yd) extra fabric if you want to make your own bias binding

You Will Need:

  • Fabric
  • Matching and contrast thread
  • 8m (3 1/8yd) x 10-13mm (3/8-1/2in) wide single fold bias binding OR 0.4m (1/2yd) extra fabric (such as lightweight cotton) to make your own
  • Optional: 2.6m (2 7/8yd) iron-on seam tape
  • Small piece of iron-on interfacing
  • Sewing machine and basic tools (a 10-13mm [3/8-1/2in] bias binding maker can be helpful)
  • For optional bra stays: hand sewing needle + 2 x small sew-on snaps