Tilly and the Buttons Martha Dress

£12.50 £8.75

Sew a lovely Martha dress with help from this sewing pattern and step-by-step instructions.

The Martha dress is fitted with bust darts and gentle princess seam panels at the bodice, flowing into a flattering bias-cut panelled skirt. It features a contemporary Mandarin collar and closes with an invisible zip at the back. Choose from short sleeves or three quarter length bell sleeves, with demure knee length or flirty mini hemline.

Wear Martha to work or to play, with sunglasses and wedges in the Summer, or with knitted tights and boots in the winter.

Like all Tilly and the Buttons sewing patterns, Martha includes easy-to-follow instructions with photos showing you how to sew each step – making it easy for you to create gorgeous clothes you can be proud to say you made yourself.


Multi-sized pattern in sizes 1 to 8.  For Tilly and the Buttons' size chart, see the last image

Difficulty Level

Tilly and the Buttons has three difficulty levels: 'beginners', 'confident beginners' and 'improvers'.  This pattern is rated 'improvers'.

Fabric Needed

Light- to medium-weight fabrics, such as viscose (rayon), silk or polyester crêpe de chine, cotton lawn, chambray, broderie anglaise, double knit with little stretch, lighter weight wool. Avoid directional prints as the skirt is cut on the bias (at an angle). How about adding a lace trim to the bodice or piping the princess seams?

Mini length: 

  • 150 cm-wide fabric: 2.9 m
  • 115 cm-wide fabric: 3.5 m

Knee length:

  • 150 cm-wide fabric: 3.4 m
  • 115 cm-wide fabric: 4.2 m

    Haberdashery Needed

    Thread; 56 cm invisible zipper; 0.25 m iron-on interfacing (similar weight to your fabric); 1 rounded or fabric-covered button + elasticated hair band, or 8cm (3in) piece of narrow ribbon (optional - this is for the collar)