Tilly and the Buttons Sewing Pattern - Bettine Dress
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.
Fabric suggestions: Light- to medium-weight drapey fabrics, such as viscose (rayon), chambray, cotton voile, double gauze, or crepe.
Skill Level: Beginners
What you'll need:
Fabric – 2m (2 ¼ yards) x 150cm (60in) wide OR 3m (3 ¼ yards) x 115cm (45in) wide, matching thread, your waist measurement in 9-12mm (1/2in) wide elastic, 0.3m (1/2 yard) iron-on interfacing (similar weight to your fabric), medium-large safety pin, optional: 2 x 1.5-2cm (5/8-3/4in) buttons for cuff tabs, sewing machine and basic tools.