Swishing Betty

Hello everyone,
Let me introduce you to my Betty Dress from Sew Over it. I’m loving that Lisa is making her classes patterns available to all since not always possible to attend classes or some of us would prefer to make them at home.
Betty is a intermediate dress, with a fitted bodice and full skirt: swishsy. You can get the pattern here.
I sewn with a very light weight cotton and the drape is beautiful. The print is very delicate and didn’t shown well on the pictures.
Views of the pattern:Cutting layouts were clear and easy to follow. The information regarding sizing and fit  was adequate. I based mined on flat pattern measurement and checked against the sizing chart. Great! For your reference: size 12 UK (with fitting modifications)
The instructions were clear and easy to follow. I followed most of it based on the illustrations and the dress finishes quite neatly. Next one I would finish the facings with contrasting bias. I just want the inside of my clothes to be prettier and prettier.
Only thing it’s missing: Betty is crying for side pockets.
Personal fit modifications: Removed 1 cm from bodice centre front from size 12, move that 1 cm to the side seams. Lengthen the pattern, dropping the darts. Front /back bodice were dropped by 3 cm and the dress finish on my high waist.Removed 1,5cm from centre back- but didn’t add that extra on the side seam.
The pattern is delightfully easy to sew and to wear. 
To celebrate the launch of the Betty Pattern I have one to give it away. For a chance of winning, tell me what fabric would you use to make the Betty!  Sell me your vision. Open internationally to all my readers. Pls make sure you can be contacted. Giveaway closes Friday19 April at 8 PM UK Time (GMT) Twit @houseOFpinheiro for extra entry
  • Love it Rachel! Perfect spring dress. I’d make it in some ikat cotton I just bought from Cloth House.

  • I would love to make this in the orange flower cotton blend on the sew over it website xx your version is so very pretty x

  • Very beautiful. I’d use some cotton voile that just screams “dress” to me since the first moment that i saw it…

  • love this dress so summery. i would make it in cotton using the treelights in twilight fabric as this would look perfect on a summers evening stroll.

  • Rachel, you look absolutely stunning! Beautiful dress! I love the shoes too 🙂
    I would make this pattern out of a lovely cotton lawn I just bought from Michael Levine in LA.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  • oh WOW that is a lovely dress! I’m about to inherit some Liberty print from a friend – I would love to make one up with that!

  • This is lovely on you. I’m surprised Lisa marked it as an advanced pattern. I’ve sort of asked her the reason for that on her blog. Interesting to hear you say it’s easy to sew up.
    I love that low back. I’d probably try and sew a floral version up and pretend it’s summer already 🙂

    • A lot the techniques like all in one facing and invisible zipper aren’t that beguiner friendly. I guess it felt easy for me because even the modifications were quick

  • I have a gorgeous black cotton lawn covered in little umbrellas which would be perfect for Betty, I think! Great for April showers 🙂

  • Helen

    The dress is so pretty on you! I’d make it with pretty cotton with tiny flowers

  • It’s beautiful Rachel!

  • Gorgeous, timeless dress! I’d love to make it in a white or pale yellow broderie anglaise, with a shorter underskirt lining.

  • Beautiful dress, I love that full skirt. I’d love to make a version in a bold navy gingham, perfect for summer picnics!

  • Dress looks great on! Not very Betty, and probably way too expensive, but I would love to make it out of really soft leather. Black or cream – but not too polished if that makes sense?

  • It is perfect!! Congratulations!!

  • I recently started sewing and discovered your blog – it’s great and very inspiring! I would play up the 50s vibe of the dress and make it in a bright yellow cotton with white polka dots.

  • This looks fabulous on you! I have a beautiful fabric that I bought on my honeymoon that would be perfect for this pattern. I’m useless at working out fabric content but it’s soft and drapey wih a slight sheen to it.

  • So so pretty. The fabric almost looks like lace! Is that a full circle skirt?

  • Waow waow waow ! You’re beautiful sweet !
    And of course, I want to make this dress. I love all and the back is gorgeous !
    I have the perfect fabric, popeline cotton purple with birds orange and turquoise. Summer is coming soon, no ? (or with a Atelier Brunette fabric new collection coming soon !)

  • Gorgeous! So springy!!

  • This might be the one I use proper Liberty fabric on!

  • I’d love to make it in yellow or red 1″ square gingham… if I can find some. Most of the gingham fabric I see has a startling resemblance to stuff used for school uniforms!

  • Such a great pattern. I made the tea dress up in a liberty print fabric and I think I would have to go the same way with this dress.

  • Great make as always!
    The pattern looks really nice. I love the boat neck with a little surprise in the back. I think I would sew it up in a bright linen; coral, yellow or red. Although it would also make a great LBD styled with a red belt and ballerina flats.

  • Anonymous

    It’s gorgeous, I love the design. I’d love to make it up in the liberty ‘queue for the zoo’ print. Who wouldn’t want elephants and parrots and giraffes etc all over their dress?! Sophie

  • So gorgeous!! I would want to make this with a vintage fabric or at least vintage print. Something super girly and flowers… which I usually don’t go for but I think this would look great in the new Minerva fabric: http://www.minervacrafts.com/c6533-blue-bluecream-pretty-miniature-floral-print-100-viscose-dress-fabric-per-metre.html

  • I’d make it up in gold pearl bracelet cotton print with the metallic spots. 🙂

  • This would be a perfect audition dress for me to brighten up the horror of endless rounds of singing panels! I would make it in a hot pink and definitely add a belt as it looks so god in your photos!

  • Ooooh, I’ve never seen this pattern! It looks lovely, and I really liked the fabric you used.

    To me, this dress seems like something you could wear on a fancy gourmet picnic in the park! ‘d want something really soft-feeling, like a high-quality chambray, so you could wear it with a pretty leather belt. Or how pretty would it be in this lace: http://shop.sewoverit.co.uk/products/white-floral-stretch-lace

  • a batik sugar skull fabric

  • Anonymous

    Love it. I would make mine in a beautiful summery cotton.

    Tania B.

  • I think this would be a great dress using a lace overlay. When I first looked at the dress you made I thought it was lace. Either way, it is a great dress, I love the back neckline.

  • That is such a lovely dress. I would make it in a dupioni silk as a cocktail dress.

  • I would use a soft, light broderie anglaise fabric. I have noticed that broderie anglaise is being used quite a bit in the UK fashion market for Spring/Summer 2014. I have always loved this cotton fabric. I would use a spring pastel shade, I think. jowynj (at) blueyonder (dot) co (dot) uk

  • Oh, beautiful!! I love a full circle skirt, and that low v-back makes it so elegant! Count me out of the giveaway – I have SO many dress patterns already – but I am now dreaming of this dress in navy silk 🙂

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  • It’s lovely. I would make mine in a dark blue lace for special occasions.

  • I have a fabulous brightly coloured grosgrain fabric with blue, yellow and pink on a cream base. It is very drapey and would make up beautifully in this pattern.

  • Fabulous! It really suits you. Wouldn’t a Liberty lawn version be wonderful!

  • My daughter wants a dress with a fuller skirt and this pattern fits the bill perfectly…I will(would) make this dress in a lightweight linen fabric my daugher has already chosen.

  • I’d love to make this with a sari-inspired border print. It would be a great combo of vibrant summery colors and a spotlight on that swingy hem. Perfect with flat sandals and a straw bag.

  • This looks SO PRETTY on you! It’s a change from your usual style, but as usual, you look amazing!

  • Very pretty! I would use some floral rayon challis I just bought on sale from fabric.com 🙂

  • Oooh, this is a lovely make! I think I might make it with a white cotton lace overlay. Pretty, huh?

  • Beautiful! I’d make it in black lace, with a nude underlay for an evening look 🙂 http://www.ladysewalot.blogspot.co.uk

  • I would use a sweet hello kitty liberty tana lawn, the kitty is so small you have to look really closely, otherwise it looks like a very grown up navy floral, which I love!

  • I just today bought some cotton lawn that would be perfect for this dress, and I’d make it for my eldest daughter who turns 18 next week.

  • I have some cotton lawn with a border print that I would love to use!

  • You look gorgeous in this kind of dress. Really lovely!

  • love the back neckline, simple and effective.
    I would use nice light linen for a cool summers dress in navy blue to start with I think.
    this might be something for my cousins wedding in august, if I made it in lace or chiffon, with silk underneath.

  • I have some lovely bright green cotton I would love to use for this! Oh how I want to win this pattern!

  • Love this pattern. I would make it in a great vintage feeling Juliana Horner green rose print fabric that I’ve had my eye on for a while now, http://www.joann.com/juliana-horner-quilt-fabric-rosebed-kelly/12519385.html. Perfect for summer!

  • In a stunning liberty ! (what, we can dream right ? 😀 ) Thanks for this give away !

  • Oh I’m seeing a lovely liberty lawn!!!!! Of course with an accent bias 😊

  • Oh, so nice! I have a bright green soft cotton I would looooove to make into a Betty! Or a hoard of Liberty tana lawn with pink roses!

  • This is such a lovely dress and you look beautiful. I would use a lightweight solid linen, then maybe add a bit of embellishment with some tone-on-tone stitching at the neckline.

  • I’d make this for my youngest daughter in deep green/teal linen – or for myself in navy linen or cream cotton with a tiny navy polka dot, which I already have.

  • What a fabulous dress!
    I’d use a cotton voile in polka dots!

  • It is exactly what I was looking for, since this summer will be filled with more social obligations than I care to count. I’m between cotton and linen. Your dress looks amazing!

  • I have a lovely japanese influenced printed cotton fabric in deep blue and bright greens and yellows. It’s so eye catching but needs a simple quite feminine pattern and this one would definitely fits the bill.

  • I’d love to make this in a Liberty lawn. I’d pick a largish, non-directional print such as Oscar (http://www.liberty.co.uk/fcp/product/Liberty//Oscar-B-Tana-Lawn/97352) to work best with the full circle skirt.

  • Amy

    I’d love to make it in a dusty rose coloured eyelet fabric with a matching underlining of cotton lawn – perfect for summer!

  • the dress looks great on you Rachel! I would make a party dress with grey taffeta!

  • Hi Rachel, if I made this dress I’d sew it in a light cream eyelet which matching underlining. Wild be lovely for summer 🙂

  • So Pretty! I love the back bodice. I’d make it up in a beautiful blue peacock feather patterned cotton from Minerva Crafts (http://www.minervacrafts.com/50.d-si068-b-blue-peacock-feathers-print-100-cotton-lawn-designer-dress-fabric-per-metre.html?gclid=CL-k78Cd1L0CFWjKtAod8DgA0g)

  • Thanks for the giveway, I´d sew it in this light chambray that I already have on my stash, yeee!

  • It’s gorgeous Rachel! I would have to go for a small floral print to make the perfect summer tea party dress!!!!! Sx

  • Beautiful dress Rachel! I really like the low cut back and full circle skirts are so much fun!
    I’d probably make it in a pretty floral cotton or viscose something flirty for summer 🙂

  • Woa, such a pretty dress, I love the cut out back! I would make this pattern out of a lovely cotton lawn in different shades of blue.

  • This is gorgeous! I love the dress, and you look amazing! I love the fabric you chose as well! I love the neckline in the back.

    Anyway! I would love to make this out of a cotton lawn that I bought, it has grey swirls on it. I think I might even make the bodice with the grey swirl and the skirt in a soft pink.

  • Jessica R

    I love your delicate, dreamy version. I could imagine it in a bright Indonesian batik. jmrbs31{at}gmail{dot}com

  • Kat

    That is a stunning dress and I love the back! I would totally make this with a gorgeous silk dupion (and maybe with a lace overlay if I’m feeling adventurous!)

  • I go dancing a couple of times a week so I love a full skirt! I’d make mine out of a brilliantly colored quilting cotton so I’d really stand out on the dance floor.

  • Ahh. The back bodice is the clincher for this dress. I would use the blue and white baroque print from Minerva Crafts http://www.minervacrafts.com/c6570-royal-blue-and-white-baroque-print-linen-and-viscose-dress-fabric-per-metre.html

  • So pretty! I have some light blue cotton with smiling hot air balloons on it I’d love to use with this pattern!

  • This is so pretty! It really suits you 🙂 I would make this up in a bright yellow! My favourite colour for swishy outfits 😀

  • It is gorgeous Rachel! I would make this in a cotton lawn that is light blue with cream flowers that I have been eyeing up for a while.

  • Adorable dress Rachel. I know it’s not your ‘normal’ style but gee it is stunning and you look fantastic. I’ve just realised I have a pattern similar to this, a vogue with circle skirt so please don’t put me through into the giveaway. ( see, I can show restraint! )

  • Stunning! very classy & elegant.

    Would love to make it in tiny polka dots (perhaps this – http://shop.sewoverit.co.uk/products/bright-red-small-polka-dot )

    But stumbled upon the funnest fabric in the world – literally!… http://shop.sewoverit.co.uk/products/world-map

  • Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous, well done! I would make this in lace with a cotton underlay – I have something similar that has been worn to death so would love a chance to make this!

  • What a fab dress & will look great on pear shapes like me. I reckon it’ll suit a retro style fabric, eg polka dots

  • Aaah this dress is gorgeous! I’d definitely make it in a pink gingham, to channel my inner Brigitte Bardot 😉

  • Yas

    Such a beautiful dress, you are so talented. I’ve recently got into sewing and am hooked! Your blog is such an inspiration. I think turquoise polka dot fabric would be perfect for a spring Betty 🙂

  • I would probably make it out of some super soft cotton or linen of some sort so it could be breathable, but have some body for that swishy skirt!

  • That dress is gorgeous on you! Love the drape. I would make this in a vintage flowered sateen that I found at an estate sale. There’s about 6 yards of it, though it’s a bit narrow. Hopefully that would fit with the pattern pieces!

  • Leah

    Ooh that dress is so pretty! I love that pattern! I think I would make it out of this white and navy polka dot fabric that I just bought 🙂

  • OHHH YOU ARE SO PRETTY in that dress!!!!!!!!!! what do you say about a white lace??? <3

  • OHHHH YOU ARE SO PRETTY in that dress!!!!!! What would you say about a white lace???

  • That’s a stunning dress!! You look fab!
    I would do this on a thin cotton red gingham fabric perfect for a summer picnic!!
    Thanks for such a lovely and generous giveaway!
    Pati x

  • OOh I have the perfect mystery cotton I recently picked up at a thrift store 🙂 Such a pretty and simple dress!

  • I have a red and beige toile and several yards of embroidered black lace I would use to make this dress. Please toss my name into the hat for this generous giveaway.

  • Anonymous

    A dress to die for! Stunning! I would see myself in Liberty fabric “queue for the zoo”

  • A dress to die for! Stunning! I would see myself in Liberty’s fabric ” queue for the zoo”

  • I do love this pattern, the back and neckline are gorgeous. I think I’d make this in a lawn in a floral – than again it could look amazing in a wax print!

  • Hmmm….. I think cotton voile ☺
    Gorgeous pattern!!

  • So pretty. I need a new dress for a spring wedding, so I think I would make this in a teal or pastel color.

  • This pattern has a gorgeous neckline – I would add pockets and likely make it in a wonderful cherry print fabric with red piping to highlight the neckline!

  • I absolutely love this pattern! I would make it out of a moss green tone on tone jacquard woven leaves in a medium weight cotton rayon blend that I’ve had in my stash for a long, long time. This dress would be perfect for it!

  • Loving this dress. I haven’t tried a Sew Over It pattern yet – can’t wait to try one.

  • I would use a floral cotton to make the perfect everyday summer dress.

  • Since it gets near 100 here in the summer, I would love a seersucker dress. No one ever makes seersucker anymore but it could be so refreshing.

  • I’d go for it in a drapey, dark purple fabric; or a crazy geometric print maybe!

  • Kim

    Gorgeous dress! I love the full skirt and the view from the back espcially.. I’d love to make this in a liberty cotton which I spotted in Amsterdam, it is blue with small apple blossom like flowers.. Would be the perfect shopping excuse!

  • I would get my aunt to make special fabric for it! I LOVE this dress! I want to make one, to dance in! I think I would buy the fabric from my aunt, mebbe a special print. https://www.etsy.com/shop/monkeyshinedesign (Her shop!!)

  • I love that dress!! I must make one now. 🙂 I would ask my aunt to make special fabric for me!

  • I have a swishy cotton floral pattern that’s very summery, and that’s what I’d make this dress out of. I must make one to wear dancing.

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    Over and out–

  • I’ve never made a circle skirt, but you’re inspiring me to try it! Thanks!

  • This is so beautiful, Rachel!! I love you in a ladylike dress just as much as I love you in something fitted and fierce!

  • Love your dress! I’ve got some Amy Butler floral voile that would be perfect for this dress. This pattern just screams ladylike summer dressing.

  • I think a velvet version (purple or a blue) and also lace/broderie anglaise cotton like the one used for the Flora dress by By Hand London

  • This is just the perfect spring dress, no? I have some apple green lightweight linen that would be perfect. And some “Dolly Clacket” Eiffel Tower cotton. Oh, and some lovely rose print cotton/linen blend. Which to sew…first? What a wonderful problem to have!

  • It’s a really pretty dress! I’d love to make a polka dot version, or I have some lovely summery checked fabric waiting to be made into a dress that would work well with this pattern I think. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jen

    Beautiful dress! I’d love to make the dress in a vintage-style fabric, maybe some floral Liberty tana lawn? x

  • I have some octopus Salt Water fabric by Tula. I REALLY need an octodress.

  • This is gorgeous!! I’m thinking it would look great in seersucker for a classic summer dress.

  • i LOVE this pattern. I’m a beginner at dressmaking. I’m not sure what would be the best material, but maybe a double gauze or voile. I need a classic go-to dress, and I have been wanting one in navy instead of classic black. OR maybe I would go with a really pretty lawn. I would want a really light blue color if I could find it. OR I could to with something fun like aqua dress white polka dots. I just know that I really love this dress!

  • This is lovely! I’d like to make it up in this soft pink fair trade chambray from offset warehouse for a lovely summery dress: http://www.offsetwarehouse.com/pink-hand-woven-chambray-2264.html

  • This looks so pretty! I’ve never sewn a dress before, but I might just have to give this one a go. It looks beautiful on you.

    • Best way to learn is to practice. have fun sewing it.