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Tilly and the Buttons

Tilly and the Buttons Bettine dress sewing pattern. Easy casual dress pattern.

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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.

This was the very first dress pattern I tackled and it was wonderfully easy, especially as there is no zip! 

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.

Like all Tilly and the Buttons sewing patterns, Bettine includes jargon-busting instructions, helpful sewing tips, and colour photos showing you each step – making it easy for you to create gorgeous clothes you can be proud to say you made yourself.

SKILL LEVEL - Beginners

FABRIC SUGGESTIONS* 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.

*Jersey: Although this pattern isn't designed for Jersey, it can certainly be made in Jersey knit as I've made one myself and it's one of my favourite dresses. Tilly suggests not making it with pockets if you do it in Jersey, but I did (I used a thin polycotton for the front pocket lining to help give it stability).