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Make a Tilly & the Buttons "Bettine" dress

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About this class

This dress making class will give you that new look you’ve been waiting for. It’s perfect for both beginners ready to challenge themselves and experienced sewers looking to learn a new trick. We are ‘Bettine’ you will have a fun time!

Did you know

Dresses have evolved through time, from 16th century corsets, to the more varied styles we see on the high streets today. However, I doubt anyone, historian or not, could foresee how much they would evolve! If you haven’t seen it, take a look, as singer Lady Gaga turned up for the 2010 MTV awards in a dress made of raw beef!

In this class

You’ll be introduced you to the features of basic dressmaking, including how to cut out your pattern, tips on setting up and using a domestic sewing machine. Then you’ll get stuck into your 'Bettine' dress, which features a blousy bodice with scoop neckline, kimono sleeves, turn up cuffs, elasticated waistline and tulip skirt.

The plain skirt version is perfect for beginners. More experienced? Try the pocket skirt version and optional cuff tabs. Barley will guide you through the process of making a stylish 'Bettine' dress, giving you tips and advice every step of the way

Now you can

  • exude confidence and enthusiasm for making your own clothes to no end.
  • stroll about town with a comfortable, wearable dress you'll never want to take off!
  • make many other versions of Tilly & the Buttons 'Betine' design with your pattern or many others


Your stunning dress, the pride and joy of your wardrobe!


You’ll find your fellow fashnoistas at this ‘Betine’ dress course – come and meet them to share tips and stories. Alternatively come with a friend or two and ignite their passion for dressmaking!

Your guide

Fabrications creator Barley Massey has had almost 15 years of experience teaching and was recently described by the Evening Standard as ‘London's Eco Queen'!

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Spaces are limited so book now and avoid any disappointment

Things to remember

  • bring your own light to medium weight drapey fabric (such as cotton voile, viscose/rayon or chambray)

  • Fabrications stock a selection of Offset Warehouse's ethical fabrics at 3m (115cm wide) or 2m (150cm)

  • the price includes 'Tilly & the Buttons' Bettine pattern worth £12.50

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Fabrications - one of Hackney's most creative studios!

Fabrications is an independent gallery, shop and workshop dedicated to contemporary textile practice and design, with a particular interest in up-cycling and eco design.

Fabrications opened in June 2000 in a refurbished derelict shop on Broadway Market in Hackney, east London. The shops founder, Barley Massey, has spent the last 16 years growing Fabrications into a buzzing hub of creativity.

In 2011 "The Imaginerium" was built - a bolt-on to the Fabrications shop that is a fully-fitted working studio with a welcoming and inspiring atmosphere that is now dedicated for classes and workshops.


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