Bettine dress by Tilly and the Buttons

Hello there

I bought the Bettine dress by Tilly and the Buttons some time ago but thought I would finally make it.

I usually make a practice garment (toile) before I cut into my chosen fabric. This gives me the chance to make size adjustments without spoiling good fabric.

My toile was okay, but a little tight in the bottom of the skirt.

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So I read the details about the different types of fabric that could be used and decided to use a jersey fabric. It was purchased from an outside stall at the Birmingham Rag market.

Working with a jersey fabric compared to the viscose toile was an easier experience. Jersey fabric does move but not as much as viscose.

I did use French seams rather than a zig zag stitch or overlocker to finish the edges. One mistake I did make was using a straight stitch instead of a stretch stitch. So the underarms popped and I had to re-stitch them.

I also used the neckband from the Linden sweatshirt pattern.

I am so pleased with this dress and will definitely be making more of them.

If you want details of the Bettine pattern go to the Tilly and the Buttons website here.

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Be Brave – Birmingham Fabric Shopping Meet-up

Back in January I was scrolling through Instagram as I do most days, and I came across this post.

I follow quite a few sewers and haven’t been able to make some of the previous meet-ups. So when this came up and I was available, I thought I would go along.

I do get rather anxious in some social settings. But I still put myself into those situations as deep down I know it will be fine. I got to John Lewis as Bianca and Victoria arrived so there was no awkward sitting around. We recognised each other from our Instagram feeds.

Others arrived and I recognised some others from Instagram and their YouTube videos.

We started off by heading to the haberdashery in John Lewis, who still had fabric on sale. I bought some bias binding a stretch twin needle.

Then we headed off to the markets. This was my first purchase jersey fabric and it was calling for me to buy it. Going fabric shopping with other sewers means you are surrounded by enablers, including myself.

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Throughout the morning the sewing conversations were flowing and I asked washing fabric and everyone washed their fabric before sewing with it.

As a novice sewer and being a newbie to overlockers, sewing with jersey fabric and putting in sleeves. I also asked what others did. Lesley mentioned she did French seams instead and also put sleeves in flat.

Here are the other fabric I got from the market.

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As the day went on my knee started to hurt and so I cut my day short, made a flying visit to Barry’s Fabrics and stopped off for lunch.

Once I got home all of my purchases were washed and ready to sew with. Thank you for a lovely experience and Lesley thank for the advice to be brave.

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