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Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Francoise Dress


Francoise Dress, Tilly & the Buttons in Purple Wool

Having decided that I wasn’t going to make Tilly and the Buttons’ Francoise in time for the #SewingFrancoise contest, I cracked at the last minute and whipped this up over Saturday night and Sunday morning; just in time to wear to my brother’s engagement party on Sunday afternoon. I snuck out of the party for a few minutes to take these photos in my mom and dad’s garden.

Francoise Dress, Tilly & the Buttons in Purple Wool

The dress is made in a purple-pink wool I bought while in Paris.The gold leather I used for the collar and tab was also from Paris – a pressie from Ma Petite Mercerie that was provided in our goodie bags. I thought the gold would be suitably festive:) The buttons are vintage, from a charity shop. The only downside of this wool is how much it creases – the dress was nicely pressed before I left home, but you can see it was creased by the time I reached my parent’s house!

Francoise Dress, Tilly & the Buttons in Purple Wool

I cut a straight size two and took it in slightly at the upper back. I actually fall between sizes, but I find Tilly’s patterns tend to have a bit of ease so I went with the smaller size and it’s a good fit. I cut the leather sections on a single layer as I didn’t think they would turn and press well if I doubled them up.

Francoise Dress, Tilly & the Buttons in Purple Wool

It was nice to enjoy a spot of selfish sewing this weekend; now to get back to making Christmas presents before I run out of time.


Author: Charlotte

Sewist, crafter & blogger, based in Birmingham, England. I'm spending the year growing and gathering to create natural dyes and enhance my sewing projects. Find me at www.englishgirlathome.com

6 thoughts on “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning Francoise Dress

  1. Beautiful! I love the pink and gold theme- very festive. Good luck with the Francoise competition.

  2. This fits you beautifully! Well done!

  3. This looks fab on you Charlotte! Such lovely strong colours, but they work so well together, and on you! I’m glad you found a nice use for some of your Paris goodies 🙂 I always planned to sew Francoise for the contest, and still ended up doing it at the last minute!

  4. Your dress is gorgeous and looks fabulous on you. I love the gold leather details. 🙂

  5. Looks great! Love the wool, so vibrant and the gold accents are fabulous!

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