A few months back when I was choosing my current batch of Minerva Crafts Blogger Network makes, I'm not sure why I thought sewing a strappy pair of Tilly and the Buttons Fifi pjs was a good idea to sew in January, but that's exactly what I decided...  So whilst I might not be getting much wear out of this make for a few months yet, I'm still very happy to finally be sewing this gorgeous little pattern.

Here's a peek at the pattern:

The Fifi pattern is one of those where if you search for the hashtag on Instagram (like I always do before I sew something new), there are so many lovely versions out there. I think I must have been lusting after everyone's makes towards the end of last Summer and felt left out. So selected it for one of my Minerva makes.

But I didn't want to sew the pattern exactly as it is on the packet, I wanted a babydoll version with, of course, ruffles! This hack was so easy to do and this pattern has so many possibilities, I'm already plotting my next.

I selected a cute animal print cotton, but broke away from my usual leopard print comfort blanket. This fabric is a great weight for this babydoll and is nice and comfortable to wear. Unfortunately it is now sold out at Minerva, but there are similar Fabrics you could try.

To create my babydoll version, I traced out the pattern in my size and lengthen the pattern by 8 inches. In hindsight, I would make it shorter next time as I forgot to take into account that the ruffles also add length to this style, and I'm only 5"4.

To make the ruffles, I cut a long rectangle the length of my remaining fabric, about double the length of the hem. I then hemmed each rectangle before sewing with my overlocker and a 5mm hem, then I stitched the gather stitches along the other length. I then pinned these ruffles to each front and back hem piece separately. Then sewed up the side seams, also matching the ruffles. 

I went my own way with the binding and straps and used a satin binding from my stash and simply sewed this straight over the edges. Instead of straps cut to fit, I added a hoop and slider to make them adjustable. I really like this lingerie touch.
Fit wise, I probably could have sized down, but being a UK 34DD, I didn't want to end up with small cups and a tight fit across the bust. Next time I would keep this cup size as I think it fits great but I may size down the body, depending on the kind of fabric I use.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Tilly and the Buttons Fifi Pjs
Fabric: Dalmation print cotton
Notions: 2 x gold hoops, 2 x gold sliders, mini baby pink bow, satin binding.
Sewing time: A couple of hours
Modifications: Babydoll & ruffle hack
Fit: Great!
Difficulty: Simple.
Watch out for: A good fit on the cups and tidy pleats.
Make Again?: Yes! I think you could make some lovely versions of Fifi and I can certainly see myself sewing this again in the Summer.

Overall, I enjoyed sewing the Tilly and the Buttons Fifi Sewing Pattern. I think the simple design allows for lots of customisation for those looking to sew some lingerie and nightwear as I think it would suit a range of fabric and trims. I also love how it looks paired with my Baby Pink Bed Jacket (also designed & handmade by me), I love the colour and print combinations. I'm definitely more team babydoll than I am vest and shorts, but I'd certainly recommend this pattern to all abilities of sewists as it's a lovely little make.

Thanks for reading, pinups!

Abi xo