Bettine dress

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.

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.

Bettine

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.

Bettine

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!

Bettine

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!

Bettine

This week only you can buy a bundleBettine with Fifi!  Wowser!  I’ll show you my Fifis (if you show me yours….!  No, sorry couldn’t resist) I will show you my Fifis later in the week.

 

22 thoughts on “Bettine dress

  1. Eliza-sew-little

    Beautiful. I was tempted when I saw Tilly’s photos and am even more so after seeing yours. I bet it doesn’t use much fabric ?

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Hi Eliza sew little, thank you!! I don’t think it is particularly fabric hungry but don’t remember exactly. Surely less than 2m……? But check out the envelope first, I’d hate to get it wrong and mislead you!!

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  2. Jane

    Oooh lovely, I think this pattern works particularly well with chambray, and I happen to have some of that exact fabric. Hmmm…..! It’s a lovely shape on you too, perfect for summer. Oh, by the way, the magical fabric shop of which you speak is Dave the Drapers! x

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  3. TamsinW-P

    Lovely dress Winnie! it looks great on you. I saw the pattern release yesterday and thought it looked quite nice. It is a very similar style to a boden dress I got in one of their clearance sales last year, but I feel there is too much fabric in that one – it fits, but there is just too much of it. I might have to do something like this instead!

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  4. Claire Ross

    Love your dress and am very tempted to purchase the pattern. Can I ask what size you made if you don’t mind? X

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    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Hello Claire and thank you. Remember I made the tester version, so there could have been tweaks made after the event, but I usually take a 2 at bust and grade through to a 3, however, I think I should have made a 3 of this particular version all the way.

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      1. Claire Ross

        Thank you. I am a newbie to sewing, have made a few of Tilly’s skirts and have used the size 3 so I think a 3 would be fine for me in this one!

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  5. linB

    Lovely, summery dress. I always worry when sewing chambray or light-colored denim that I am constructing something that will read as “1930s prison uniform” but this sweet dress has enough shaping and nice little detail to save it from that fate. Plus that blue-gray color is very flattering on you.

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