Bettine Dress Paper Pattern - Tilly and the Buttons


Make your own dress! This is a perfect beginners pattern: you’ll receive a lovely printed package with full-scale pattern sheets and a colour instruction booklet which guides you through each step.

Bettine is an easy throw-it-over-your-head dress with a blousy bodice and scoop neckline, grown-on 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, but if you're more experienced you could try the pocket skirt version and optional cuff tabs.

Designer: Tilly and the Buttons

Skill Level: Beginner

Fabric Suggestions: Light- to medium-weight drapey fabrics, such as viscose/rayon, chambray, cotton voile, lawn or chambray. If you’re a confident stitcher, try a delicate crêpe or georgette.

Fabric Requirements: 

  • 150cm (60in) wide fabric - 2m (2 ¼ yards)
  • 115cm (45in) wide fabric - 3m (3 ¼ yards)

    You Will Need:

    • Matching thread
    • Your waist measurement in 9-12mm (1/2in) wide elastic
    • Iron-on interfacing - 0.3m (1/2 yard) (similar weight to your fabric)
    • A medium/large safety pin
    • Optional: 2 x 1.5-2cm (5/8-3/4in) buttons for cuff tabs
    • Sewing machine and basic tools