Me Made May 2016: Bettine Dress

Me Made May 2016: Bettine Dress, handmade DIY fashion

Next in my Me Made attempts is the Bettine Dress by Tilly and the Buttons. These are all over Instagram, and I think I liked every photo! I knew I needed to make one myself. The pockets might be my favorite aspect of the dress, or maybe that it doesn’t require a zipper or buttons?

I decided to try a summer-y navy gingham pattern, and I wore the dress over Memorial Day weekend because it felt appropriate 🙂

me made may 2016, handmade bettine dress diy fashion

Fabric by Robert Kaufman.

No handmade item is complete without a tag!

One thing I decided to work on for Me Made May was actually pressing and finishing my seams. I know, I know, every one says you just need to get over it. But it does take a lot of extra time, so I had been skipping that…. Fabric unraveling is bad, though… so I try to finish everything professionally.

It does increase my love for knits! I almost dread sewing wovens because I’m so lazy…

Bettine Dress by Tilly and the Buttons; me made may 2016, handmade dress, diy fashion

Tomorrow is the last day of Me Made May, and I have to say that I had big plans to make more clothing. In reality, I don’t have enough money to buy patterns and fabric all day. I have another project lined up that should have been finished this week, but my freelance work has been pretty busy.Bettine Dress by Tilly and the Buttons; handmade dress, diy fashion

Of course, I need to focus on building a wardrobe that isn’t too crazy. Only things that I love.

Hope you’re having a great Memorial Day!



  1. May 31, 2016 / 10:39 am

    I really do need to invest in the handmade clothing tags, I have yet to do that. One of those things, I keep saying…someday. Lol – then just never get around to it. I love the fabric you chose for this dress! Super cute.

    • Danielle
      May 31, 2016 / 10:26 pm


  2. May 31, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    It’s very cute – I love gingham and it’s perfect for this dress.

    • Danielle
      May 31, 2016 / 10:10 pm

      Thank you! Yes, I’m loving the current gingham trend 🙂 I have some fabric leftover, so I’m dreaming up the next project.

  3. May 31, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    This is adorable on you! I am the same way about Seam finishing. It’s such a drag, but so worth it in the end!

    • Danielle
      May 31, 2016 / 10:09 pm

      Thank you!

  4. June 2, 2016 / 3:53 pm

    So cute! Perfect for summer. And I love the tags! 🙂

    • Danielle
      June 3, 2016 / 1:38 pm

      Thanks, Heidi!