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June 3, 2017

Bettine from Tilly and the Buttons

Well its heated up here in the UK and my sewing room has become too hot to spend much time in. So I was busy making the Bettine from Tilly and the Buttons as we’ve had her stock in a while and not yet made anything. So here’s my run down on how it went.

The sizing seems pretty accurate. I’m a UK 16 normally and so I used the largest size available for this pattern to make sure I could cut down as needed. And well, that was a perfect match really.  Being a bigger girl I really didn’t want it too fitted. I wanted a nice easy travel outfit.

They do recommend a jersey and something drapey and I totally get it. A soft stretchy fabric would make a really nice dress in this pattern. I chose an Art Gallery Fabric as I really wanted to see how it would fit with our more regular stock of our fabric. Art Gallery is a higher thread count than many fabrics these days and does generally suit clothes. That said, there is very little give, so I’m not convinced how well it suits this pattern.

I found that the hips were very curvy on the Bettine so I did need to lose a little by the pockets. Maybe a centimetre on each side. If this had been jersey it may not have noticed.

My shape doesn’t tend to suit dresses. I can often look all shoulders so I need a way to show off my height and look less of a shotputter. So although my other half really liked the dress version on me, I created a hack and shortened it to a top with no elastic. I’m super happy with the result. It lengthens my torso, puts the pockets in the right spot and the AGF fabric suits the more smock-like look.

So when making the Bettine.

  • Be generous on sizing,
  • fabric will change the look of this dress significantly – so choose something that will drape well.
  • Check the fit on the hips, a few of my friends noticed it was extra curvy too!

Other than that have fun! Its a quick make. I had it done in a day after I prepped the tracing paper.

Happy Sewing

Mel x