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Spotty chambray maroon Francoise dress

Blog / 6 March 2015

I’ve seen so many amazing and different versions of the Tilly and the Buttons Francoise Dresses around since it came out last year, that there was doubt that I had to have one myself!

When Lucy made her blue chambray spotty one for pattern club a while back, it looked so good that I went for the same fabric but in the maroon (link here).

I made the sleeveless version with a pointy collar.

Just to add a bit of interest, and to use up some of my scraps, I made the facing from some of this gorgeous liberty print.

It is from one of their seasonal collections a few years back and it’s really hard to get now, so I love when I can use a little bit in a project.

Normally with TTB patterns the hips are a bit big for me and the line of skirts a bit too full, but with this one I didn’t make any adjustment in that area at all.

It might be because the fabric is a bit finer so it falls and hangs more loosely. Either way, I really like it!

I’ve been layering it up with a long sleeved top underneath but once it gets a little warmer it will look great on its own or with a cardigan.

I love the shaping in this dress. I has more unusual French darts that sort of scope up the sides.

I did find the armholes a bit tight for me. In hindsight I wish I tried it on properly before sewing the binding around them. It’s totally still wearable and if I had more time, I’d unpick it and just deepen them a bit. I’ll add it to the list – maybe once I’ve worn it enough times to be bugged by it, I’ll make time.

The other detail I really love about this dress is the raglan sleeves and even when you make it sleeveless you have a little section to make up the shoulder part. Although I made mine all in the same fabric this time, its an awesome chance to add some funky colour blocking.

Have you made a Francoise yet? Am I along with the tight armhole situation? Are big armpits a thing?

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