Dressmaking in my spare time: the Bettine Dress by Tilly and the Buttons


My Bettine Dress, by Tilly and the Buttons, hand made by Me

I thought I’d do a short review of the Bettine Dress by Tilly and the Buttons, my most recent dressmaking success! This is actually the first item of clothing I’ve never had to unpick or redo any part of… Yay!! I think it’s a combination of the clear, well explained instructions, and that I’m getting a little better at dressmaking.

Instruction leaflet from Tilly and the Buttons

Each stage of the pattern is well explained and comes with colour photographs. I like that little tips are given about potential pitfalls, which made me turn the speed down on my sewing machine!

I really like the way the sleeves and neckline fit.  Next time I’ll make the skirt longer, (the length is fine but I felt a little self conscious wearing it whilst scrambling around after my small children) and possibly alter the tulip shaped skirt to a-line, or even fuller if I use a floaty fabric. I’m really pleased with my fabric choice- it’s a nice cotton lawn, which I bought from Abakhan Fabrics. I had quite a long discussion with my lovely next door neighbour as to which way up the print went, and when we finally reached a decision, my husband disagreed! A picture on the Internet was the final decider.

Close up of the gorgeous heart print cotton lawn

So all in all this has been a most enjoyable dress to make and wear, and I’m looking forward to making another.

Teresa x

Many thanks to my very patient sister Felicity for taking photos of me!

If you are interested, search #sewingbettine on Twitter or Instagram to see some of the other fantastic Bettine dresses that have been made.


8 thoughts on “Dressmaking in my spare time: the Bettine Dress by Tilly and the Buttons

  1. Looks lovely! I really want to buy and sew this pattern but trying to get through some of my pattern stash first. Tilly just yesterday posted a tutorial on how to do it with jersey so it’s very versatile.

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    1. Thank you! It’s such a nice pattern, I’d really recommend it… But I know what you mean about working your way through a pattern stash! I’m looking forward to having look at the jersey one… Uh oh, may need to buy more fabric! Teresa x

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  2. I love this dress and you chose such a lovely fabric for it. And it looks fab styled with your clogs! I’ve been thinking about trying the Bettine myself, I tried dressmaking a few years ago but wasn’t very successful and thought this might be a good pattern to try again!

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