Tilly & The Buttons - Bettine Dress

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Tilly & The Buttons - Bettine Dress


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.

Bettine works in many fabrics. Use light to medium weight drapey fabrics, such as viscose, cotton voile, lawn or chambray. If you're a confident stitcher, try a delicate crêpe or georgette.

Materials required:
Fabric - 2m x 1.5m wide OR 3m x 1.15m wide
Elastic - waist measurement in 1/2 in
Interfacing - 0.3m fusible interfacing in similar weight to chosen fabric
Buttons - optional 2 x 1.5-2cm diameter for cuff tabs

See photo of table for sizes and measurements.