Say hello to our new sewing pattern – the Francoise dress!
Francoise is a chic yet easy-to-wear mini shift dress. The design is inspired by sixties mod fashion, which just so happens to be all over the catwalk this season... and always in style in my book :)
The dress is shaped at the bust, with curve-skimming diagonal French darts and an A-line skirt meaning you can look gorgeous and have freedom of movement to run for the bus at the same time. Designed for woven fabrics, the dress closes at the back with an invisible zip. Choose from two-piece raglan sleeves, or a sleeveless raglan yoke with armholes finished with bias binding made from the pattern. The pattern includes an optional flat collar and waist tab, so you can make multiple versions of the dress in different styles.
More experienced stitchers can have fun with variations. For example, the sleeves or yoke would look great in a contrast fabric, the collar is screaming out for embellishment, or how about inserting piping into the seam? I’ll be sharing some ideas on the blog to make it your own, and I’d can't wait to see what designs you come up with.
This a real year-round, dual-hemisphere pattern. The three-quarter length sleeve option is great for looking chic while keeping warm in winter (Christmas party dress, anyone?), and the sleeveless version will see you through spring and summer. I’ve been layering the sleeveless versions over stripey tops these past few weeks, and am eager to wear it over a collared blouse too.
Order the printed pattern and we’ll send you a gorgeous package in the post. If you haven’t seen one of our printed patterns before, let me tell you a bit about them. The printed pattern comes with a delightful booklet featuring jargon-busting instructions and photos of the steps, so you can see what to do at each stage of the make. The pattern sheets themselves are clearly labelled to show you which seams go together and what all the markings mean. They are printed in the UK on durable paper that you can use and re-use without tearing, and that you can fold up and get back in the envelope neatly without that annoying scrunching that you get with tissue. Hooray!
All patterns are multi-sized, with eight sizes included – you can see the full size chart plus other details such as yardage and a supplies list in the shop.
What I can tell you right now is that I’m delighted that Tilly and the Buttons is partnering with my favourite sewing machine brand Janome to bring you more sewing patterns over the coming year. And yes, that may just be a clue as to what one of the sewalong prizes is...
Hopefully that’s enough info to be getting on with! Laura and I are sitting here with coffee and squidgy envelopes at the ready, so go forth and order your Francoise pattern!
[Soundtrack: 'Le Temps de l'amour' by Francoise Hardy]