Tilly and the Buttons has released her summer sewing patterns – there is a dress, Bettine, and some summer PJs, Fifi. I have been involved as a tester for both of these and today I am going to show you the tester version of Bettine.
Laughably it seems as if I chose very similar fabric to the modelled shots on the pattern (NO- Tilly did not think my version was so super ace that she begged to use it. Hahaha!)
So I had this length of kind-of-chambray-but-with-unknown-polyester-perhaps-content that I bought for something silly like £2 per metre from a shop near Goldhawk road known to Jane and Janene….and when the drawings came out for Bettine, I knew it was a match.
I don’t want to spend too long on sewing chat about Bettine, as Tilly may have changed some elements from the test version you see here- but you need to know that this is a gloriously comfy & easy to sew summer dress. I think there is something of the “Seasalt” style to it with its Kimono sleeves & blousey bodice & gathered waist. It would look good with a long sleeved top underneath as a layering dress too. And I have worn it with dotty leggings on cooler days.
I made the version with pockets just to put the pattern through the testing, & of course I’ve ended up with rather a lovely casual (but practical) dress.
It really is easy to make & wear. I love the tabbed sleeves and the way that the waist is gathered with elastic. I have made dresses with a waist elastic or a drawstring that are a pain to mark the position of the elastic/ drawstring casing. Tilly’s design is genius in that the casing is made by the seam that joins the bodice to the skirt. Simple!
All in all a successful test, maybe I need a slightly bigger size in my upper chest however, something I would look at next time. Forgive the slip making itself known at the hem & the creasing – let’s say that if there is polyester in this fabric there is not that much!