Hi everyone, it's Kathy here from www.sewdainty.co.uk, and this month I am sharing with you one of my all time favourite Sewing Patterns - the Bettine Dress by Tilly and the Buttons.
I don't often make more than one version of a sewing pattern, but there is something I love about the style of this pattern that makes me want to sew it over and over again. 
This is my fourth Bettine and by far my favourite. This is undoubtedly due to the gorgeous Viscose Challis Fabric with the sweetest print of little ladies all over it! So cute don't you think? It's a lightweight viscose which is silky and soft and has a beautiful drape which works perfectly with this pattern.
This is such a simple pattern to sew up. It has no complicated fastenings, darts or set-in sleeves, and simply pulls on and off over your head. An elasticated waist ensures it sits nice and comfortably on the waist, and the tulip skirt gives you the option to choose pockets or without.
I love the kimono sleeves on this dress - so simple, and the pretty cuff gives it a smart finish.
The instruction booklet that comes with the pattern has simple written instructions accompanied by very clear photographs to ensure that you have no problems with any part of the construction. It also includes lots of tips to make your sewing experience all the more enjoyable.
I love pockets in a dress, so it is no surprise that I made the pocket version. They are simple to attach and are really big and deep. I think the curve of the pocket opening is really pretty and such a cute feature of the dress.
One thing I would mention about this dress is the tulip skirt. Whilst this style suits my body shape, I find that the shape is very exaggerated at the hips , which I think adds width and makes me look wider. Each time I make it I think that next time I will slim it down a little at the hips and again I forgot to do this - but this is no problem, I can alter it quite easily and will get around to doing that very soon.
The Elastic at the waist is inserted through a casing that is made from the seam allowance. Super simple. I am a real fan of dresses that you can throw over your head with no fiddly fastenings.
I should also mention the length of the dress. I am 5'2", and the hem of the dress sits right on my knees which is a perfect length for me - I did however turn up a teeny tiny seam allowance on the hem for it to do this. If you are any taller than me or simply require a longer length in the skirt you may need to lengthen the skirt pieces when cutting out.
I would really recommend this pattern as a great beginner dressmaking pattern, or simply a quick and easy make for a more experienced sewist. Choose your fabric carefully and you can have a dress which is suitable for the office or a pretty everday dress for a casual day out. You decide!
Once again, thank you to Minerva Crafts for their beautiful supplies which you can find links to in my blog post or are easy to find in the 'materials list' information box to the side of this review.
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you love this Bettine as much as I do!
Take care, 
Kathy x