Hello Everyone!
I’m back with another summer dress, but you may be shocked by the look. “Sophia is that a plain fabric?”. Yes, it really is! 
I’ve recently said on my YouTube Channel that I want to start making more staple, everyday clothes, and when I got this fine Cotton Chambray Fabric, I knew it was perfect for a simple light weight summer dress. 
The pattern of choice is another from Tilly and the Buttons Patterns. It’s the classic Bettine Dress which many of you have probably already seen. I do think this is a great pattern for everyone. Not only is it great for beginners; few pieces, simple construction, elasticated waist. But it’s also a staple pattern to have, even as an experienced dressmaker. You can modify it as much as you like, combine it with other Tilly patterns (Why not join a Bettine top to the Marigold trouser?), and is something you can easily make in a couple of hours. 
With such a plain fabric I knew I wanted to add a little colour and detail. I reached for a little box I have full of vintage liberty fabric scraps. I managed to find a piece big enough for the cuffs, and had some liberty bias that I thought would look fab on the pocket edges. 
It’s obviously a shame that the liberty details are a different pattern, but it’s nice to use up some small pieces of beautiful fabrics I’ve had stored away for a long time. You could obviously use any of the Liberty Floral Print Cotton Lawns on the Minerva site for a matching look. Just remember to order enough to make your own bias. 
I really like the fit of this dress, it’s super casual but it still looks really stylish. I did go for the next size up on my measurements as I wanted a more relaxed fit, but I don’t think it looks too big or baggy! I hope you agree?
The overall construction of this dress is very simple, It’s an easy to follow pattern. You make the top first, then the skirt, and you join them together - easy! The skirt can be made without pockets too for an even simpler style. 
I wore this dress to Granny’s house for Sunday lunch. Walking around her gorgeous English garden in the sunshine made a great backdrop for my photos. As the cotton is lightweight it’s also great to wear in the heat. I also think making it in a White Linen Fabric would be a stunning item to have in the wardrobe. 
Let me know if you’ve made a Bettine before and what fabric you used. I’m definitely going to make another. Time to shop more fabric! YEY!
Looking forward to my next post! Happy Handmade!
Sophia x 
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