Last month it was our birthday -and when I say our I mean mine, my fioncee’s and my brother’s! We have all been born on the same day but a few years apart from each other 🙂 This year we didn’t have plans for huge celebrations because it was a weekday and we were going to have a simple date night at one of our favorite restaurants, just me and Dimitris. But I wanted to make myself a new dress just for the occasion and what better choice is there than the Betty Dress from Sew Over It?
This pattern has been on my stash since January and it also was on my #makenine2017 list so the time had come to make it. I chose a fabric that I had in my stash, just a simple navy and white polka dot. The truth is I had another fabric in mind, but I didn’t have enough metres for Betty’s HUGE skirt.
The construction was pretty straightforward. I opted for the sleeveless version with the original neckline and the V in the back. I used the facings in the pattrn instead of baging the bodice out, although I have to wear a slip under the skirt because the fabric is a bit see through.
I had some fitting issues with this dress that I’m still trying to solve. First of all, there was a substantial gaping in the back. What I did is I installed the invisible zip on the top using a bigger seam allowance, about 2 cm, and as I moved to the waist I graded back to the 1,5 cm. This stopped the gaping but I’m looking for a more permanent solution next time.
The other fitting issue I had was that the botice is quite tight around my armholes. After doing some research I realized that I needed an FBA. The pattern is drafted for a B cup when I have a 36 inch bust and I wear a D cup. After making this dress I made 3 muslins trying to figure out the FBA and I think I’m ready to make my next Betty, right this time though.
Betty has a full circle skirt which makes her perfect for twirling, she makes me feel like a princess! But this means the hem on the skirt is massive! I decided to use bias binding to hem the skirt and it really made my life easier, I totally recommend that if you are bored of ironing such a long line of fabric.
I cannot call this dress a complete success due to the fitting issues I just mentioned, but there’s definitely room for imrpovement on my part and I really think I will make it better next time. I already picked my fabric and I’m ready to dive in! It’s such a lovely pattern and I shall report back when I make it again!
Hope you like it,