Etta is an elegant fitted dress, shaped with darts at the bust, waist and shoulders. Sleek and flattering, it has a choice of lined cap sleeves or darted three-quarter length sleeves, high-back or stunning V-back neckline, with optional collar and faux pockets. Etta closes with an invisible zip at the back. The hemline hits the bottom of the knee, with a kick pleat for easy movement.
Fabric & Notions
Medium weight, non-drapey fabrics, preferably with stretch for comfort. Try stretch woven cotton, sateen, triple crepe, crepe-back satin, ponte di roma or jacquard knits. The cap sleeve version would also work nicely in brocade.
Dress - Cap sleeve – 2m x 150cm wide OR Sizes 1-4: 2.3m x 115cm OR Sizes 5-8: 3.1m x 115cm wide 3/4 sleeve – 2.3m x 150cm wide OR Sizes 1-4: 2.8m x 115cm wide OR Sizes 5-8: 3.4m x 115cm wide
(0.5m less for collarless versions)
0.6m interfacing (similar weight to your fabric)
56cm (22in) invisible zip
Hook and eye
Cap sleeve version: 1.2m x 10-13mm single fold bias binding
Optional: 2 x 1-2cm buttons for faux pockets
This pattern is suitable for beginners.
About the designer
Tilly and The Buttons are an independent British brand. They are well known for producing easy to use sewing patterns which come with jargon busting instructions and photos which show you how to sew each part.