Outfit of the Week - 12 October 2015
Our 'Outfit of the Week' for 12 October 2015 is Tilly and the Buttons' Francoise dress! Get 10% off this pattern until 12 pm on Monday, 19 October 2015. Find the pattern (and all the coordinating fabrics) at the bottom of this page.
Tilly and the Buttons' Francoise is an easy-to-sew shift dress with lots of features! Unlike some shift dresses, this has some shaping. There are striking French darts, which start below the waist and angle up to the bust. The dress also has a slight a-line shape. There are two sleeve options: sleeveless and three-quarter-length raglan sleeves. Finally, there is also an optional collar and waist tab. So, lots of possibilities!
There are (surprisingly!) only two reviews of this dress on PatternReview.com - both of which are positive. This is surprising because this is a really popular pattern! Tilly and the Buttons has a great Pinterest board where you can find many different versions of Francoice that have been made up by sewers across the world.
As for difficulty, Tilly and the Buttons has three difficulty levels: 'beginners', 'confident beginners' and 'improvers'. This pattern is rated 'confident beginners'. Tilly's patterns are renowned for being beginner-friendly, with great, photo-heavy, jargon-free instructions. On the back of this pattern, it also states that it 'makes a great first dress project for beginner sewists'. There is also a sewalong available on Tilly's website. So, this is a great choice for beginners wanting to delve into the world of sewing dresses!
Medium-weight fabrics are recommended for this pattern - including both stretch wovens and stable knits! Based on the inspiration images, I've recommended some of our stretch cotton sateens and ponte di romas.
For the first illustration above, I've used some of our Lucia black sequinned fabric for the collar. While this is a knit, it should work for the collar if you back it in a lightweight woven fabric or interfacing: then it will behave more like a woven fabric.
This outfit was inspired by several outfits featured recently in ready-to-wear collections and popular fashion blogs. To see more inspiration images, have a look at our 'Dresses: A-Line' and 'Dresses: Shift' boards on Pinterest.
Prices for fabrics are per quarter metre (0.25 m).