Ah summer, wasn’t it a long and hot one this year? No….of course it wasn’t! I’ve written off all of my summer sewing for now as I get frustrated making something I can’t wear for another 6/7 months. I thought before September is out I should share one last summer post with you. I made this at the end of July and am very sad I won’t get much wear out of it for a while!
When Tilly first released her Bettine pattern I ummed and ahhed over whether to buy it, I wasn’t sure if it was quite my style but when the first pics started coming through on Instagram, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to resist. Tilly promises “Bettine is an easy-peasy throw-it-over-your-head dress that’s cute, comfortable and very wearable.” Right up my street…
The fabric is Liberty Tana Lawn in Gallymoggers and I love it so much. I ordered it online from Shaukat – I don’t know how they do it so much cheaper, but I am very glad they do! The Alice in Wonderland print really makes me smile and I think that is a big part of sewing your own clothes – they should make you happy when you wear them.
The pattern really was as easy to cut and sew as promised. I made a toile because I wasn’t convinced how the tulip skirt would look on my rather full hips. I’m glad I did because it really didn’t work on me! When you’re hips are the biggest part of you, you really don’t need any extra illusion of fullness. On slimmer women, tulip skirts look modern and fun. On me, they gave me saddle bags! It was easily fixed though, I just straightened the skirt at the hips. The only other amendment I made was to lengthen the skirt slightly. I knew in this fabric I would only be wearing it with bare legs so wanted to keep it a bit longer on me.
I hadn’t sewn an elastic casing before but as always Tilly’s instructions are clear and very easy to follow. I whipped up this pattern in about half a day, so it’s the perfect quick and simple sewing you sometimes need to give you easy satisfaction. Despite being so easy, I love the little details; the cuffs and pocket options make it more interesting.
I have also made the Bettine in denim (I’ll save this for another post as I want to talk about how the fabric makes such a difference to how you look in a pattern) and I made the pocket version and lined them with a contrasting fabric to make it more interesting. Based on my experience with the denim version, I would suggest it works best with a lighter fabric as you can create the blousing effect with the bodice and elastic. This lawn worked really well but so would a rayon or similar.
I have a couple of other versions of this pattern in mind to make it more appropriate for the colder weather. I have a nice black drapey cotton with poppies on which I think will be perfect for Bettine, plus Tilly has done a great post on making it out of jersey and I want to try that.
I also saw this dress in Sainsbury’s today and think there’s a definite similarity. I am thinking of trying the pattern in a heavier knit with shallow pockets and amending the bodice to skip the elastic casing.
Has anyone else tried the Bettine? Feel free to leave me some links, I am constantly scanning Instagram for new versions!