Tilly and the Buttons BETTINE sewing pattern
Tilly and the Buttons BETTINE sewing pattern
Tilly and the Buttons BETTINE sewing pattern
Tilly and the Buttons BETTINE sewing pattern
Tilly and the Buttons BETTINE sewing pattern

Tilly and the Buttons BETTINE sewing pattern

Tilly and the Buttons BETTINE sewing pattern

Make your own dress with help from this easy-to-use sewing pattern.

Bettine is an easy-peasy throw-it-over-your-head dress. It has a blousy bodice with scoop neckline, kimono 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, as it's simple to sew, with no fiddly darts, fastenings or set-in sleeves - yay! More experienced? Try the pocket skirt version and optional cuff tabs for a speedy, satisfying project.

Comfortable and gorgeous, this is a dress you’ll want to wear every day. Throw it on with sandals for Summer picnics; dress it up with a necklace for the office or evenings out; or layer it over long sleeves and woolly tights in the colder months.

Like all Tilly and the Buttons sewing patterns, Bettine includes jargon-busting instructions, helpful sewing tips, and colour photos showing you each step – making it easy for you to create gorgeous clothes you can be proud to say you made yourself.

"I made my first piece of clothing to be worn in public from the Bettine pattern. I wore it at an important work event the other day, and it made me feel like I could take on the world, wearing a dress I’d made myself!" - Hannah

"I had tried following other patterns in the past and found them hard to understand. The Tilly and the Buttons patterns are fun and so easy to follow. I was so happy when I made my first Bettine dress, I couldn’t believe I had sewn it all by myself!" - Kymberly

PRINTED PATTERN - You’ll receive a gorgeous printed package in the post containing full scale pattern sheets and a colour instruction booklet. (Alternatively you can order the digital version to print and assemble at home.)

SKILL LEVEL - Beginners

BONUS TUTORIALS - Get extra help sewing Bettine from our blog.

FABRIC SUGGESTIONS - Light- to medium-weight drapey fabrics, such as viscose (rayon), chambray, cotton voile, double gauze, or crepe. Or read Tilly's tips on how to make Bettine in jersey!

cotton voile, lawn or chambray. If you’re a confident stitcher, try a delicate crêpe or georgette.


Fabric – 2m (2 ¼ yards) x 150cm (60in) wide OR 3m (3 ¼ yards) x 115cm (45in) wide
Matching thread
Your waist measurement in 9-12mm (1/2in) wide elastic
0.3m (1/2 yard) iron-on interfacing (similar weight to your fabric)
Optional: 2 x 1.5-2cm (5/8-3/4in) buttons for cuff tabs
Medium-large safety pin
Sewing machine and basic tools


PATTERN SIZE                        BUST                WAIST             HIP
1 (UK 6 / US 2 / EUR 34)        76cm (30in)       61cm (24in)      84cm (33in)
2 (UK 8 / US 4 / EUR 36)        81cm (32in)       66cm (26in)      89cm (35in)
3 (UK 10 / US 6 / EUR 38)      86.5cm (34in)    71cm (28in)      94cm (37in)
4 (UK 12 / US 8 / EUR 40)      91.5cm (36in)    76cm (30in)      99cm (39in)
5 (UK 14 / US 10 / EUR 42)    96.5cm (38in)    81cm (32in)      104cm (41in)
6 (UK 16 / US 12 / EUR 44)    101.5cm (40in)  86.5cm (34in)   109cm (43in)
7 (UK 18 / US 14 / EUR 46)    106.5cm (42in)  91.5cm (36in)   114cm (45in)
8 (UK 20 / US 16 / EUR 48)    112cm (44in)     96.5cm (38in)   119.5cm (47in)

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