Make your own dress with help from this easy-to-use sewing pattern.
Bettine is an easy-peasy throw-it-over-your-head dress. It has a blousy bodice with scoop neckline, kimono 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 & Notions
Light- to medium-weight drapey fabrics, such as viscose (rayon), cotton voile, lawn or chambray. If you’re a confident stitcher, try a delicate crêpe or georgette.
Dress - 2m x 150cm wide OR 3m x 115cm wide
Your waist measurement in 9-12mm (1/2in) wide elastic
0.3m (1/2 yard) iron-on interfacing (similar weight to your fabric)
Optional: 2 x 1.5-2cm (5/8-3/4in) buttons for cuff tabs
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.