Monday, 5 May 2014

Sweet Betty, won't you show us who you are?

Dress: Handmade - Sew Over It "Betty" Dress
Cropped Jumper: F+F*
Heels: Irregular Choice

In the weeks leading up to the start of May and therefore my #MeMadeMay challenge, I'd been sewing like a demon. Over the Easter weekend I managed to get four dresses finished. Since then, progress has slowed a little due to busy times at work, but I still have a pile of fabric and new patterns to work through, all of which I'm pretty excited about - I just need to find the time.

This pattern is one which I allowed to jump the queue as I really couldn't wait to try it out. It's the Betty Dress, by Sew Over It. As it calls for a circle skirt, I decided to use up this gardening print fabric, which I'd bought 3m of when I visited Barry's in Birmingham with Sarah and Roisin on our little sewing bee weekend.

I found the pattern really simple to lay out. It's made up of what seemed to be a small number of pieces to cut out. I love full circle skirts, although they do take a lot of fabric and I do have to remind myself that one way designs aren't great for them. Luckily, I think this print worked fine for it.


For my first attempt, I did follow the pattern and instructions to the letter, which included cutting out the facings for the neck and armholes. Now, I make no secret of the fact that I really dislike facings, and have recently been opting to finish off necklines and armholes with bias binding instead, as I personally think that gives a neater finish. However, I went with the facings on this occasion, in the spirit of testing the instructions out fully. On the whole, they're easy to follow. At one point, where you attach the straps together, it all gets a bit confusing as the associated diagram isn't as clear as it could be, but I figured out what needed to be turned inside out and what stitched to what part and slip-stitched where I'd been confused, to neaten it up.

Dr. Beckmann Stain Devils Kit*
Once finished, I popped it on my mannequin to take a photo - I've been trying to remember to take photos of my new makes as a way of keeping track of what I've made this year. It was not until then that I noticed this weird purple stain. Looking at the remainder of the fabric, that seems to have some similar stains, so I wonder if it's something which was on the fabric when I bought it and I didn't notice. I didn't pre-wash this (shoot me now) so it could well have been.

After a little panic, I decided to give this stain removal kit a go in the hope that I could get the mark out. The box comes with three different bottles, for different kinds of stains. As I'm not sure what this one is, I went with the ink one, left it on for the advertised 3mins and then washed it and it does seem to have worked - I'm impressed!

So, here is my first Betty dress, in all it's glory for Me Made May (Day 2). I'm not planning to post all of my #MMM14 outfits separately, as some of them will be dresses which I've featured before, although a lot of them I've made and then held off wearing, so that I can use them for the challenge - it's been rather like having a whole new wardrobe. I'll likely do a round up post at the end of the month, though. Is anyone else taking part?



  1. <3 yet another perfect dress! x

    1. Thanks lovely, I was so annoyed when I noticed the stain on it - glad I've managed to shift it!

  2. This fabric is so pretty and the dress looks amazing, you did a fantastic job! :) xx

  3. I love this outfit! The fabric you've used is so pretty!

    1. I have to admit, I wasn't all that sure about this on the bolt, but Sarah and Roisin convinced me to go for it and I'm glad they did - they have great taste!

  4. I'm forever in awe of your sewing skills! Having the patience to make something is a talent I don't possess, but I love the pieces you're making so much! <3

    Jennie xo |

  5. I love the low back on this, you did a wonderful job x

    1. I really like that part of this pattern - want to make it again but the full skirt takes a lot more fabric than I usually buy.x

  6. Char, it's beautiful!!!! What a lovely dress and lucky thing you had the stain remover!x

    1. Aw, thank you. I know, I was really pleased - perfect timing in a way.