Oui Oui, Francoise

Here's another Tilly and the Buttons pattern, the Francoise Dress. Francoise is a sixties-inspired shift dress with raglan seams and something new for me - French darts. The A-line shape of the skirt and French darts creates such a flattering silhouette...I love it!

The fabric is a medium-weight denim with some stretch; I got it at one of my go-to fabric stores, Designer Fabrics (the website leaves a lot to be desired - but in person it's awesome). I initially had other plans for Francoise...I was thinking of a black dress with sleeves and a white collar, kinda like this. But I'm clearly incapable of sewing with plain old black fabric (boring!), so the polka dot denim won out.

Making this went well - the instructions were really clear and easy to follow. The only change I made was adding a bias bound hem because I thought it would finish it off nicely and complement the collar. I didn't have any white bias binding so I just made some using the same fabric I used for the collar, these bias tape makers, and this guide. (I didn't actually cut the fabric on the bias and it worked out fine).

The only changes I'd make for next time are to make the armscye a bit bigger (something I think I have to start doing on most patterns), and lengthening the dress a bit...I'm 5'7" and the skirt is a tiny bit short! Overall, love how this dress turned out! 

Project Details:
Pattern: Francoise Dress by Tilly and the Buttons
Size: 3
Fabric: Medium-weight stretch denim from Designer Fabrics