Bettine Dress by Tilly and the Buttons
Bettine is an easy-peasy throw-it-over-your-head dress. It has a blousy bodice with scoop neckline, grown on sleeves which hang softly around the underarm, turn-up cuffs, elasticated waistline to cinch you in and flattering tulip skirt.
The plain skirt version is a perfect project for beginners, as it’s simple to sew, with no fiddly darts, fastenings or set-in sleeves – yay! More experienced? Try the pocket skirt version and optional cuff tabs for a speedy, satisfying project.
Comfortable and gorgeous, this is a dress you’ll want to wear every day. Throw it on with sandals for Summer picnics; dress it up with a necklace for the office or evenings out; or layer it over long sleeves and woolly tights in the colder months.
Like all Tilly and the Buttons sewing patterns, Bettine includes jargon-busting instructions, helpful sewing tips, and colour photos showing you each step – making it easy for you to create gorgeous clothes you can be proud to say you made yourself.
This is a multisized pattern (Tilly’s own sizing of 1-8) with UK equivalent being sizes 6-20. For further sizing information see the Tilly and the Buttons website and click on “Pattern Sizes”.
Light- to medium-weight drapey fabrics, such as viscose (rayon), chambray, cotton voile, cotton lawn, double gauze, or crepe. If you’re a confident stitcher, try a delicate crepe or georgette. Read Tilly’s tips on how to make a Bettine in jersey
You will need:
- Fabric – 2m x 150cm wide OR 3m x 115cm wide
- Matching thread
- Your waist measurement in 9-12mm wide elastic
- 0.3m iron-on interfacing (similar weight to your fabric)
- Optional: 2 x 1.5-2cm buttons for cuff tabs
- Medium-large safety pin
- Sewing machine and basic tools
Suitable for beginners