Bettine Dress in Bird Print

If you have been following my blog for a while, you will already know that I have a small obsession with Tilly and the Button’s Bettine Dress pattern. Since buying the pattern, I have already made two of these, one in chambray and one in floral jersey. Today I want to share my third with you!

This Bettine  is made of a rather expensive jersey in the most adorable bird print! I cut my usual size – 7 on top and 5 on the bottom and it came together quite nicely. I’m starting to wonder if I could go to 6 on the top and 5 on the bottom though to take some fullness out around the width of my back. As usual I also took out the tulip style skirt – for some reason this just isn’t flattering for my figure and also doesn’t seem to work so well in jersey. I normally sew up as normal and then just take the extra curve out by taking in about 1.5cm at the deepest part of the curve, which has been working for me quite well.


In terms of the construction of this dress, I could have kicked myself a little with the neckband. I’ve ended up with a bit of a pucker on one side. On reflection now I really wish I’d unpicked it and done it again as it bugs me knowing it is there. I don’t think you’d really notice unless I point it out but it annoys me anyway! Funny how you can make a dress three times and still get it wrong on the third go when the other two went just fine!

The other special thing about this dress is that the fabric rolls up on itself all the time! It is so frustrating and no amount of ironing seems to help! As a result the bottom hem seems to be a bit dodgy … Any top tips for that people? To me it just proves my argument that I really do need an overlocker! Apart from that complaint though this fabric is a real treat. It’s so comfortable to wear and I love the fun print.

I thought this might be a good time to introduce you all to Maud – my new dressmaker’s dummy. I was very fortunate to acquire her for a mere 25 euros from a lady who was clearing out her sewing studio. She wasn’t quite as busty as me on top so at the moment she is wearing some rather funky sock padded undergarments. As a result she must remain fully clothed at all times. The undergarments really seem to do the trick though! Maud is mainly here for me to take blog photos, pin hems and display my work, so it’s ok that she’s not quite my size. Right now the PB and I are just getting used to having her around in our lounge! You may be seeing more of her soon!

So here is Maud in my finished Bettine:

Do any of you have a dressmaker’s dummy? How did you get her to suit your shape? Any tips on working with rolly knits? I’d love to hear from you!

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13 thoughts on “Bettine Dress in Bird Print

  1. JaneyB says:

    This is lovely fabric and Maud looks splendid in her new dress! I have a Doris who is actually bustier than me (I ordered the wrong size!) but I don’t like to offend her by replacing her with a smaller model. I have read that using spray starch on jersey that has a tendency to roll up works. I’ve never tried it myself but it sounds promising!

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    • Amy-June says:

      Oh thanks for the tip I will definitely give that a go!!! That rolling was driving me bonkers! The print makes up for it though! I also bought a version in grey with little rabbits on it … Maybe I won’t make yet ANOTHER Bettine with it but save it for something new 🙂

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  2. Claire@TheRedDoorMakery says:

    Love that print! I’ve got a store-bought jersey dress that rolls like nobodies business, and I can say yep, a little spritz of starch helps flatten it. 😊 I’m coveting a dummy sitting in my local sewing stores window, but haven’t plucked up the courage (or pennies!) to buy her yet. I think I’m going to call her Dolly 😌

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  3. lagrancostanza says:

    This dress is so beautiful! I love the bird print.

    I have a dressmaker’s dummy too, but unfortunately it’s smaller than me by now. I’m planning to look into methods to make it my shape again, but right now I just use it for photography purposes (details and such).

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    • Amy-June says:

      Thank you! The lady in the shop thought I was buying it for a child’s dress – she seemed a bit surprised when I said I was making a dress for me! I’m glad others like the bird print as much as I do! I’ve heard about these pads you can get to help adapt the dummies to your size but they seem quite expensive 😦

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