14 November 2014

Designing Your Francoise Dress



Thank you so much for your wonderful response to the Francoise sewing pattern! I’m so excited to see your creations.

If you're joining the sewalong, next week (w/c 17 Nov) we'll talk fitting, the following week (w/c 24 Nov) we'll start going through the steps to sewing Francoise, finishing up by around 5 December. If you're entering the #SewingFrancoise contest, you'll have some more time to finish up your dress before the deadline on 14 December.

Saving your Francoise sewing for another time? No problemo, the sewalong posts will live forever on the Francoise page on the blog so you can catch up whenever you like. Not sewing Francoise at all? The sewalong will include posts on topics such as making toiles, invisible zips and sewing piping that you may find useful anyway, even if this design isn't your style.

Francoise is such a versatile pattern, so today I thought I’d share some ideas for designing your dress:

* Mix a print fabric for the dress with a solid colour collar (have you seen Marie's gorgeous version?), or vice versa (please will someone make the collar in leopard print?)

* Go classic in monochrome, with a black dress and white collar

* Colour block the raglan yoke or sleeves, or add a centre front seam to create a checkerboard effect

* Create a textured collar with lace, sequins or beading (Christmas party dress, oh yes!)

* Modernise the design with an exposed zip at the back

* Make your own cuffs to add to the sleeves

* Insert piping or another kind of trimming into the raglan seams

* Add details such as (faux) welt pockets on the front of the dress

* Simple is often best, so stick to one solid colour for a striking look


I’ve been pinning ideas to the Francoise gallery on Pinterest, and am looking forward to adding your makes to the board!

What design ideas do you have for Francoise? I’d love to hear!

[Soundtrack: 'Comment te dire adieu' by Francoise Hardy]

12 comments:

  1. When I first saw this pattern I hesitated a bit because I wasn't sure whether I could pull off shift dresses (pear shape). But the skirt of the dress is similar to delphine which flatters me so I thought life's too short not to try it. I'm thinking of a red double knit version with a black collar - *festive*

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    1. I'm pear shaped too, and I love the shape of this dress on me. Red double knit sounds gorgeous!

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  2. Another pear shape here! This is the first of your patterns I've bought and (apart from loving the shift style) the thing that sold it to me was only having to grade up one size from bust to hips. Sometimes it can be as many as four! I'm going for sleeveless in a "flower power" print.

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    1. Ooh flower power print sounds gorgeous! I can't wait to see that...

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  3. I'm so insanely excited about this. I'm planning a crazy cat print with a solid collar and some *embellishments*. I'm so excited I think my eyeballs are at risk of popping out of my head.

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  4. Thanks to share your creative board for Francoise dress! today I've built the digital pattern (so hard!!! ;) now I'm thinking about the fabric to use, so your gallery is so precious for me! I'm waiting for your next post about this pattern, because I need your photos to be sure to do well!

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  5. I just purchased my Francoise pattern. Coming to me all the way to Texas, USA!

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  6. Hello, the sew along link above doesn't have all of the posts for this so far. Is there going to be an easy way to find all the sew along posts (I won't be able to start until late December)

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    1. Yes indeedy - I'm about to start adding them to the Francoise page, where you'll be able to find all the sewalong posts any time you are ready to start :)

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  7. If I use a Ponte Roma fabric for the main part of the dress, do I have to use knit fabric for the collar too? Or do I just use cotton for the collar and facings? Thanks, Faye

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    1. You can use a different fabric, just take care when stitching them that the ponte doesn't stretch out :)

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