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I finished sewing my Bettine dress!

I made a few alterations to the pattern, including a full bust adjustment. I included a bit more information about the changes in my previous post.

Overall, I think this is a great pattern. The only minor comments I would have is that my neckline gapes a little, and I find there is a bit too much ‘blousiness’ in the bodice- I will shorten it in future.

Although I’d read that double gauze can be translucent, I thought I’d be alright because the double gauze I bought from the same supplier before was solid. All I can say is, white makes fools of us all!

I think the biggest issue is likely to be that the fabric creases quite badly. I’m just going to have to live with that as I seldom iron when I’m not sewing!

Pattern: Bettine by Tilly and the Buttons

Fabric: 3m double gauze, 108cm wide


I am a lifelong fan of beautiful meteorological phenomena, including being a fully paid up member of the Cloud Appreciation Society. So imagine my joy when, as I trudged home following yet another interminable day of thesising, the sun emerged in the midst of a rain storm. I glanced skywards, knowing conditions were perfect. And I wasn’t disappointed, before long I spotted a lovely rainbow. And THEN, joy of joys, I saw that there was a glimmer of colour outside the rainbow. Could I be about to see the mythical Double Bow? As I rounded a corner, the original rainbow increased in intensity. And, for just a few seconds, a faint second rainbow was visible. I just about managed to capture it with my phone.

I painted this clock a few years ago, clearly knowing that this illustrious day would come.