Tilly and the Buttons Bettine Dress
Make your own dress with help from this easy-to-use sewing pattern.
Bettine is an easy-peasy throw-it-over-your-head dress. It has a blousy bodice with scoop neckline, kimono 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.
Multi-sized pattern in sizes 1 to 8. For Tilly and the Buttons' size chart, see the last image
Tilly and the Buttons has three difficulty levels: 'beginners', 'confident beginners' and 'improvers'. This pattern is rated 'beginners'.
Light- to medium-weight drapey fabrics, such as viscose (rayon), cotton voile, lawn or chambray. If you’re a confident stitcher, try a delicate crêpe or georgette.
150 cm wide fabric: 2 m needed
115 cm wide fabric: 3 m needed
Thread; your waist measurement in 9-12 mm-wide elastic; 0.3 m iron-on interfacing; two 1.5-2cm-wide buttons for cuff tabs (optional)