What I made: Bettine

Hurrah! I'm finally blogging my Bettine dress!

I made this up at the beginning of August and pretty much instaspammed it during #sewphotohop because have you seen the fabric?Daisies! I am so in love with this print. The blue shade is perfect and works so well. I love a good floral print and this was quite different to anything else I have in my wardrobe. I bought this from Guthrie Ghani online. I highly recommend  checking out their stuff - beautiful, and just fabulous service too. 

It doesn't look like it - but I'm really pleased with this dress!

It doesn't look like it - but I'm really pleased with this dress!

The side view of Bettine

The side view of Bettine

So back to the pattern - it's the Bettine by Tilly and the Buttons and is one of the latest arrivals to the collection. I must say I wasn't sure if this would suit me but upon making I LOVE it! 

It's a blousy bodice with scoop neck and kimono style sleeves. It has an elasticated waistband so no fiddly fastenings - just pop it over your head and your good to go! 

It's a super easy make which is always winner but it's also really comfortable to wear which is important.  I made up the size 5 and on the skirt merged between a 5 and 6 (big hips - gotta love 'um!) and the only other adjustment I made was a full bust adjustment (which I followed instructions on the her blog to do). Et voilà - new dress!

A close up - that's more like it! How do you like this fabric?

A close up - that's more like it! How do you like this fabric?

Not enough fabric = no worries. Spots to the rescue!

Not enough fabric = no worries. Spots to the rescue!

I decided to jazz the dress up a little bit and I made a collar to go with it. This was super easy to do and I'm so pleased with how it turned out. The only downside was I didn't quite have enough fabric to do the underside of the collar. So I improvised and used some spotty fabric I had on hand. It's only the underside so no one's going to know unless I tell them - ssshhh!

I also chose to do the version with pockets because, well, pockets! They're handy, you know! If you choose not to make the pocket version it would be even quicker to make up. 

Pockets - perfect for the moments when you're not quite sure what to do with your hands... haha! 

Pockets - perfect for the moments when you're not quite sure what to do with your hands... haha! 

I love the sleeves of this dress too - kimono style with faux turn ups and optional tab. I obviously went with optional tabs because you only live once! I struggled with button choice but settled on these nice slightly glossy pink ones from my stash. Lovely finishing touches. 

Beautiful sleeves. 

Beautiful sleeves. 

And the flat shot:

My Bettine laid bare!

My Bettine laid bare!


I finished all my seams on the overlocker and I must say this was my best overlocking to date! Spot on. Still pretty nervous of it, but sometimes you've just gotta show the machine who's boss and look at that - nailed it!

The inside - complete with neat perfect overlocking! Well, perfect for me anyway! 

The inside - complete with neat perfect overlocking! Well, perfect for me anyway! 

I am falling more in love with my overlocker - just check out those stitches! 

I am falling more in love with my overlocker - just check out those stitches! 

As mentioned above, I chose this lovely daisy cotton lawn fabric made by Sevenberry for this version. So in love! I plan to make a few more as it's such a great wardrobe staple and I have in mind a chambray and also a couple of viscose jersey fabrics too. It's all part of the Autumn/ Winter sewing organisation plan!

Watch this space for more Bettine's!