After my recent make of the Doris dress, I knew I wanted to try out more Sew Over It patterns. For those of you who know my love of vintage and twirly skirts, it will come as no surprise to learn that I decided to sew up a Betty dress.
This dress pattern is absolutely amazing. I sewed up a size 12. I made my usual FBA adjustment adding 1 1/2 inches total across the bust. I pinched just a smidge out of the back neckline because it was gapping ever so slightly. I did have to tweak the shape of the bust dart to eliminate some awkward puckering. But overall I am very pleased that I didn't have to make any other changes. Except, I did put some in-seam pockets into the skirt. Pockets are the best.
Quick Note: I am 5' 9" and the skirt hem sits about mid knee.
The fabric I used was a gift from my mum in exchange for making my little sister a couple of tops and some ruffle bottom pants. I have been wanting to sew a cherry print dress for years, but I never found the "perfect" cherry print. Then my mum found this fabric at Walmart, of all places, and I just knew I had to have some! It is a lightweight cotton which meant it was very easy to sew with, but it also drapes quite nicely. I think it would have been nice if it had some more structure; however, I do love the finished dress as is.
One other change I made to the original pattern was to shape the front neckline into a soft, wide v-neck instead of keeping the high boat neck. I find that showing that smidge of extra skin around the neck/bust area (no cleavage if you please!) is very flattering on me.
For my next version I would like to use a more autumn/winter appropriate fabric. I think it would be very interesting to see how Betty looks in a lightweight suiting or maybe a wool. I am planning to experiment with wearing a long sleeved t-shirt under this dress to see if I can extend it's wearability. I would love to be able to wear it in cold weather too. Pair it with some leggings and a cozy cardi and I should be set!
I live in dresses and skirts. Considering this, it is no wonder I am always so happy to find another cute dress pattern to add to my wardrobe. I hope to make at least one more Betty fairly soon, so watch this space! I just have to have a dig through my stash to find some appropriate fabric.