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Have you ever seen a fabulous piece of fabric and thought that would make a divine dress, but you don’t know where to start, let Tilly and the Buttons guide you with their easy, step by step pattern.

So have the dress of your dreams with this easy pattern…….. 

Everything you’ll need to complete the Bettine Dress project by Tilly and the Buttons

Paper Pattern

Tilly and the Buttons Bettine Dress Sewing Pattern £14.50 John Lewis (Shop Now)

To create the super-chic Bettine dress you’ll need the paper pattern from Tilly and the Buttons. This sewing pattern will show you how to create a dress with scoop neckline, kimono sleeves which hang softly around the underarm, a tulip skirt and optional pockets/cuff tabs for sewers who are a little more advanced. It also includes a booklet with step-by-step photographic instructions and a handy jargon buster page so you can easily learn the correct names of the techniques and stitches used.


 Sevenberry Floral Outlines Print Fabric, Light Blue £14.00 per meter John Lewis (Shop Now)

The Bettine dress requires light to medium-weight fabric with drape for a comfortable fit. We like the Sevenberry Floral Outlines print fabric which is made from pure cotton and features a pretty floral print. To complete this pattern you’ll need 2-3 metres of fabric – this will depend upon the size you are creating for. The sewing pattern will contain further details of this. John Lewis have a wide selection of different fabrics so you can choose something to suit your taste HERE

Sewing Machine

 Janome 7025 Sewing Machine £229.00 John Lewis (Shop Now)

For professional results we recommend the use of a sewing machine. The Janome 7025 is a great value machine that is perfect for beginners but still packed full of features. The Janome 7025 is suitable for lightweight to medium fabrics and has 24 stitch options to choose from. It also has auto thread tension, an integrated drop feed and an automatic needle threader to get you started quickly.


John Lewis & Partners Dressmaking Shears, 24cm £30.00 John Lewis (Shop Now)

When it comes to cutting fabric, you’ll need the right scissors for the task. The John Lewis dressmaking shears are perfect for all of your dressmaking projects. With a sharp steel blade and total length of 10cm, they will effortlessly cut through any fabric. For smaller tasks such as snipping thread we recommend the Fiskars Classic Quick Clippers.

Tape Measure and chalks

Prym Colour Analogical Tape Metric And Inch Tape Measure, 150cm £3.29 John Lewis (Shop Now)

Prym Ergonomic Chalk Wheel Stick £5.99 John Lewis (Shop Now)

Prym Ergonomic Chalk Wheel Mouse £6.99 John Lewis (Shop Now)

Measuring your body and fabric is a vital part of the dressmaking process and will help you to create a flattering and well-fitting dress that’s tailored exactly to your shape. The Prym tape has metric and imperial scales and will help you get the perfect measurements whilst Prym dressmakers chalk will allow you to conveniently mark them out on medium to dark coloured fabrics.

Dressmaking Mannequin

Adjustoform Lady Valet Mannequin £185.00 John Lewis (Shop Now)

A mannequin is a really useful tool for those who are serious about dressmaking. The Adjustoform Lady Valet mannequin can be adjusted to your own measurements so you can create a dress with the perfect fit. You can also use it to pin your fabrics on and ensure that your Bettine project stays safe and secure when you’re not working on it. It has an adjustable neck and waist and a covered body that makes it easy for pinning and marking.


Prym Glass-Headed Pins, 80mm, Pack of 30g £8.99 John Lewis (Shop Now)

Pins are an essential for your Bettine project. Pin pieces together whilst you are sewing to make sure you create accurate stitches. The Prym glass headed pins come in a 30g pack, are iron resistant and are ideal for keeping you organised.

Needles and Thread

Gutermann Sew All Thread, 200m, White £4.00 John Lewis (Shop Now)

Needles and thread are yet another essential in the dressmaking project, especially if you’re going to complete bits by hand. Sew on buttons with the strong Gutermann Sew All thread. It comes in a range of colours to match your project and at 200 metres long is great value for money. We also recommend a packet of Prym Love Assorted Needles and Threader which come in various sizes to meet your needs.

Other Essentials 

Prym Hooks and Eyes, Pack of 12 £1.99 John Lewis (Shop Now)

Perfect for your dressmaking projects, these hook and eye fastenings from Prym are suitable for use with trousers, tops, cardigans and more.

Prym Bias Binding Tape Maker, 18mm £10.99 John Lewis (Shop Now)

Make your own designer style bias binding tape with this handy tool from Prym. Simply cut a length of bias fabric twice the width of the narrow end of the bias maker, feed the strip through the wide end and iron the material gently as you pull it through.
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