My first Bettine

image1 (1) I have a confession, this dress is the first item I’ve made which I like enough to wear out of the house. I completed it just in time to wear to London to see a gig, and I wore it yesterday to work. The pattern is Tilly and the Button’s Bettine dress, in a fairly cheap chambray cotton, it was made to be a wearable toile, but I like it enough to put it in my usual rotation of work clothes.

As with the other Tilly and the Buttons items I’ve made, I found the instructions really easy to follow and the construction simple enough that I didn’t get frustrated, but complex enough that I didn’t get bored. I love the shape of the neckline (which I did end up topstitching twice, because I’m not very neat with my topstitching) and how the pockets fit in with the rest of the dress. I really enjoyed sewing with the chambray, but it is a complete pain to wear as it creases so easily. I’m hoping that with some washing the material will soften up and crease a bit less, otherwise I’ll have to hurry up and sew another Bettine for my wardrobe.

I wore this dress to London to see The Mountain Goats play, and I had been planning to take some pictures while I was down there. However, the weather was so miserable I hardly wanted to take my coat off let alone stand around in the cold taking photographs, so I’ll have to make do with these taken on a very windy Sunday in my back garden.