27 January 2015

Hot Pink Francoise Dress


I made another Francoise dress! The fabric is a low-stretch medium weight knit with a textured surface - it's a cheapo find I scored ages ago from my local, Simply Fabrics in Brixton. In fact, you might recognise it from one of my favourite Coco tops.

The result is a lot drapier than versions of the dress made in a more structured woven fabric such as gabardine. The knit fabric doesn't hold the shape of the skirt so well - which isn't a bad thing, just a design feature to be aware of when choosing your material. Fabric like this is a good option for the raglan sleeved version as the stretch allows you to move your arms easily. It's a lovely thing to wear if you want to look put together but want to feel comfy at the same time :) I should probably wear a slip to go under this next time - the photos are showing up every lump and seam of my underpinnings, oops!



The stretch in the fabric gives the dress more ease, so I took it in a bit at the sides, and I'm going to have to restitch the zip because it's become a bit loose at the back. I think Emmy left the zip out for her double knit Francoise dress, but I didn't want to risk not getting it over my head!

The collar is made in some leftover fabric from the cream polka dot Francoise dress that features on the pattern cover - yes, the fabric is reversible! I bought it from Goldhawk Road - I'm not sure of the exact consistency, but it feels kinda like a malleable-yet-firm woven double gauze, if that makes any sense.



Next up, I'm tempted to try making the Francoise dress in a soft denim. Maybe with some visible topstitching around the seams? And maybe even a gold denim collar!

What have you been making recently, please?

29 comments:

  1. Gold denim collar sounds awesome! I'm in love with gold denim, but alas don't own any. Love this pattern! X

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  2. That looks so good. The colour suits you very well!

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  3. Tilly! This turned out so lovely on you! I love the color combination. Great job!

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  4. So cute - I love the colour ways. Can we have a back view - I'd like to see the collar please. DO make up one in denim - I can't even begin to imagine the gold collar!

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    1. Ah, I forgot to take any pictures of the back, but I can tell you the collar stops before the zip to prevent bulky layerage. The gold denim is amazing!

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  5. What a beautiful pink Françoise! Françoise dress in a soft denim sounds very lovely. When I get my Janome, I will sew another Françoise, and now I think It will be made of denim :)

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  6. Love it, the colour, the thights!Everything!
    Hugs

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  7. Such a fab colour combo. I love hot pink with polka dots. It's def a winner x

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  8. I love this version so much! I really like the idea of making it in a double knit too for extra comfort. I bought the pattern a few weeks ago so it's sitting in my sewing queue :)

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  9. I adore this dress so much, Tilly! The polka dot collar is divine. Hot pink is one of my very fsvourite colours.

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  10. its so adorable and mod! I like the extra drape a lot!

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  11. Cute! The Francoise skirt in a knit looks a lot like the Coco skirt. It's amazing how different a pattern can look in different fabrics. I actually just finished a Coco LBD (http://memademakes.com/2015/01/28/coco-lbd/). If it was pink, it would look a lot like this!

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  12. What a beautiful Françoise 😍 just wondering, did you sew or did you serge the darts on this version? I'm currently preparing a knit Françoise myself but I have some doubts about the best way to go about my dart-making 😊 Thamks for being such an inspiration!

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    1. I sewed the darts with a straight stitch. It's a low-stretch knit so you don't need to use zigzag stitch or a serger on every seam. Hope this helps!

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    2. Thanks!!! Mine's a stretchier knit so I'll use a zigzag then...

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  14. Pink Francoise!!! Just when I thought I couldn't love it any more than I already do. The little dotty collar is a great touch too. Can't wait to see the denim one when it happens!

    I'm currently making my first ever garment for myself! A Delphine in the cutest woodland animal print with some rather nifty red piping...I'll be sharing pictures when it's done :D xxx

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    1. Ooh I can't wait to see your Delphine skirt!

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    2. Admittedly I'm procrastinating on putting the zip in... But sooooon. Maybe tomorrow!

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  15. This is absurdly cute! Love it how you matched the polka dots with a pair of tights!

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  16. Hot pink and polka dots! Love it

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  17. My favorite francoise yet! Schiaparelli called that shade shocking pink.

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  18. I love this pink dress! Too beautiful!!!
    Nice work, Tilly!

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  19. I'm sewing with a similar fabric right now but in black. It has a black lattice texture to it. Cool stuff!

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  20. love it! and the next one has a gold denim collar! oh there are so many cute variations around of this dress!

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  21. fabulous colour, will brighten up a winter's day. happy sewing

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