Sewing Inspiration: Riverdale

I’ve been following the CW’s Riverdale since it’s beginning in 2017. While the show has gone through some ups and downs, I’m still watching every week. The show has just started releasing season 5, where the characters will jump in time to college. The show’s plot points may be questionable, but the fashion is consistent and a source of inspiration. Here I will be sharing some classic Betty Cooper outfits and matching them up to sewing patterns for you to recreate the look.

Betty’s Go-To: Patterned Knits

There are too many to choose from. Aside from these in knit fabric, she also is often spotted in knitted sweaters and cardigans.

These ruffle sleeve tops are almost an exact replica of Tilly and Button’s Billie Sweatshirt. The sleeve detail on the Iris tee from forget-me-not patterns is also a more subtle option. I also am getting Betty Cooper vibes from Jennifer Lauren Handmade’s Ostara Top. Fabricworm has some great interlock knit fabrics that would be perfect for these tops to replicate Betty’s floral look.

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These mutton/gigot sleeves can be replicated using the Seamwork Orlando or Neenah sweater base and gigot sleeve hack. I also really like Friday Pattern Company’s Adrienne blouse as a low neckline option with fun sleeves. I Am Patterns Zebre sweatshirt is also a really good option; however it only goes up to a UK 46.

Summer wear

Betty’s summer wear consists of light dresses, basic stripped tee’s and overalls. She has also worn some button up blouses and shorts! True Bias Rio Ringer Tee is the perfect basic tee that has a retro feel resembled in the show. Other basic tee options include Hey June Handmade Union St. Tee or the free Deer & Doe tee pattern. Betty’s many overalls (short, long, dresses) can be sewn with a couple of different options. I like Closet Core’s Jenny Overalls for the button hack in the shorts version. The Sloane Overalls from Victory Patterns is another overalls option, and match Betty’s winter style as well.

For Betty’s tie-up tank tops, I can picture Mimi G’s tie front top and skirt pattern. Her summer dresses are also reminiscent of Seamwork Amber for a fitter bodice dress, or Seamwork Penny for a more vintage feel. Simplicity 8635 is also a great option for a fitted bodice flow-y skirt dress as pictured above (explore makes here)!


Betty’s mock turtlenecks are similar to Seamwork Neenah as well as the Nikko Top from True Bias. Tilly and the Buttons Cleo overalls dress is also a great version for dress, which Betty has sported multiple times. Jennifer Lauren Handmade’s Pippi Pinafore is another version of the overall dress that has a preppy Betty Cooper vibe. Betty does sport some mini skirts, which are similar to Anna Allen’s button-up skirt, and True Bias Salida Skirt.

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Betty does wear several trench coats on the show. Cashmerette has a great option with a belt, the Chilton Trench Coat. The Seamwork Baz and Francis are two similar options as well.

I am a big fan of Betty’s bomber jackets. Sew Over It has a zip-up bomber jacket option, the Amelia. The Thayer Jacket by Grainline Studio is another great option that has a button-up closure. The Varsity Jacket from Folkwear is another more classic/retro option.

Is anyone else feeling inspiration from the fashion on Riverdale? Did I miss any of your favorites?

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