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Tilly and the Buttons - Bettine Dress

Throw-it-over-your-head dress - perfect for beginners.
£12.50

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.

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.

PRINTED PATTERN - You’ll receive a gorgeous printed package in the post containing full scale pattern sheets and a colour instruction booklet.

SKILL LEVEL - Beginners

FABRIC SUGGESTIONS - Light- to medium-weight drapey fabrics, such as viscose (rayon), chambray, cotton voile, double gauze, or crepe, cotton voile, lawn or chambray. If you’re a confident stitcher, try a delicate crêpe or georgette.

SUPPLIES

  • 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)
  • Optional: 2 x 1.5-2cm (5/8-3/4in) buttons for cuff tabs
  • Medium-large safety pin
  • Sewing machine and basic tools

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