Summer Dress Season

The cute everyday dress

Blog / 31 July 2015

Wow, I can’t believe it’s my last Summer Dress Season Post already! I loved making all the different dresses I’ve been featuring on the blog over the last month.

The challenge to make very different dresses has been really good for me, as I tend to stick with similar styles a lot. In fact, I tend to stick with tops or blouses
and trousers a lot, so actually making different dresses and wearing them has been really fun as well.

What I’ve realised is that wearing dresses doesn’t mean that you have to dress up. Dresses can be part of your everyday wardrobe as well, so for my final Summer Dress Post I’m featuring the ‘Cute Everyday’ Dress.

I’ve chosen the New Tilly and the Buttons Bettine Dress.

Bettine is an easy-peasy throw-it-over-your-head dress. It has a blousy bodice with scoop neckline, grown sleeves which hang softly around the underarm, turn-up cuffs with a little tab, elasticated waistline to cinch you in and flattering tulip skirt.

There are two variations – both of which are really simple to make as there are no darts or set in sleeves to worry about.
One version has a plain skirt and the other has lovely deep, scooped pockets.

The neckline is finished off with a facing, so if you find bias binding a bit fiddly then you’ll breeze though this dress.

What’s not to love?

  • The flattering deep round neckline
  • The cute tabs at the sleeves – I made mine in a contrast Liberty Tana Lawn
  • The big deep pockets
  • The shape of the skirt – for me it has the right amount of curve. The hemline tapers in slightly which helps to create shape at the hips. Also – no worrying about the wind blowing your skirt up! Oh la la!

I think this dress looks great with sandals and so far this summer that’s what I’ve mostly been wearing it with.

I think it would work perfectly over leggings for when it gets chillier – or when this ‘summer’ we are having pretends to be autumn!

For my version I used this Linen Rayon Brussels Washer Flax coloured fabric. It’s got such a lovely texture but is on the thicker end of the scale of fabric that are suitable for the dress. It’s great but don’t go any thicker for sure.

Or for a more cooler colour how about the Grey colourway of the Linen Rayon Brussels Washer or this lovely Deep Blue Viscose Linen Fabric.

I used Liberty Betsy D Tana Lawn for the cuffs, tabs, facing and pocket linings too. You guys know I love a bit of liberty bling! Half a meter will be plenty for the facing, pocket lining, cuffs and tab.

The pattern recommends light-medium weight drapey fabrics so for my other fabric picks I’ve chosen Jackson Purple and Blue Illusion which are really lovely, drapey soft viscose fabrics.

The Bettine Pattern and all the fabric I’ve mentioned have 15% off for the next week (Expires Thursday 6th August at Midnight). Just click the highlighted text to see the full fabric listing. No code needed, the discount has already been applied.

  • The style of this dress means that it is nice and loose around the bodice. However, if you do have a fuller or smaller bust then it may be better to do a really simple adjustment for this. Tilly has an easy to follow blog post on this (link here)
  • If you really want to go for the tapered look in the skirt and bring it in more than what is on the pattern, just make sure that you leave enough ease at the bottom hemline to still be able to get it passed your hips. As there are no fastenings, you still need to be able to take it on and off over your head.
  • The Instructions with this pattern are so easy to follow that you can’t go wrong really. It’s such a satisfying make and if your are itching to just have something done and ready to wear right away then this dress is perfect!

If you missed the other Summer Dress Season Blog posts you can catch them here - The Big Swooshy Dress, The Simple Classic Dress, The Super Comfy Dress and The Breezy Maxi Dress.

What has been your favourite dress? I don't think I can choose! They are all so different and I love them for different reasons! I've got no excuses now - I've got plenty of dresses that I should be wearing one all the time now!