A very special Tilly and the Buttons Bettine Dress


Evening lovelies! Much excitement to show you my latest make. It’s a bit of a special one!

The pattern for this dress was one that I nabbed during my shopping spree at The Handmade Fair in September.  It is a super cute Bettine dress by Tilly and the Buttons.  I was sold on this as soon as I saw Tilly herself wearing one of these while on her stand at the fair.

And the fabric for this dress was very kindly sent to me from The-Stitchery in Lewes. It is a Kaffe Fassett cotton called Purple Ferns.  The colour is stunning – and the batik style to the pattern is really gorgeous and eye-catching.  This fabric was a dream to work with, as the cotton was so soft – and well behaved 🙂

I found the whole pattern really easy to make, and took no time at all to put together.  There was one technique in this dress which was new to me though… inserting elastic.  I really love it when I come across patterns with techniques which are new to me. I just see it as a fun way to learn something new.  Anyway, inserting the elastic was no problem at all – especially as my mother-in-law had given me some little tools to insert elastic.

The top part of the dress came out absolutely spot-on fit-wise, including the elasticated waist.  The skirt was a little more tricky and needed a bit of fitting. I made the dress in a size 3 (see Tilly & the Buttons website for detailed sizing info).  I could have done without having finished the seams of the skirt as it really needed letting out slightly around my lower hip/thighs.  And I did take it in a little near the top hip as it looked as though it was ballooning out a little too much.

I loved choosing the buttons to attach to the sleeves too.  I went for bright, almost neon pink coloured buttons which kind of reflect the flowers in the fabric pattern.

It is such a comfy dress too – one which I think would be perfect for going out for a girls lunch.

I really loved sewing up this dress, and am thrilled with how it turned out.  I will definitely be making some more Bettines in the future!

Pattern: Bettine by Tilly and the Buttons

Fabric: The-Stitchery, Lewes

Size made: 3







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  1. by Marie (Ree-Sewn) on October 30, 2015  8:35 pm Reply

    Hello! I just wanted to say that I love your blog! I've been following for a while and I love your style, your lovely sewing makes and your wonderful photography. I have nominated you for a Liebster award (explained in more detail in my blog post: http://ree-sewn.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/a-liebster-award.html ). It involves recommending a few favourite blogs and giving 11 random facts about yourself (if you want to accept). x

    Ooh and gorgeous fabric choice for your Bettine! :)

    • by admin on November 1, 2015  6:40 pm Reply

      Wow! Thank you so so much Marie! This has absolutely made my day. I am getting my thinking cap on for 11 random facts about me. I'm sure they will be quite random but probably not that exciting! :)

  2. by Shauni on October 30, 2015  9:47 pm Reply

    Just wanted to say that I really love your blog! I came across it through Marie from Ree-Sewn's Liebster nomination (I nominated Marie so its really nice to see how the chain can introduce people to fab new blogs!).

    Lovely Bettine too :)


    • by admin on November 1, 2015  6:41 pm Reply

      Awww thank you so much. It means a lot to get comments like this! And so excited about my Liebster nomination!!

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