Françoise, Francoise dress, Tilly and the Buttons Sewing Pattern

La Françoise….

Françoise reminds me of school. Not school uniforms but of French classes. Our French textbook at school was called “Arc en Ciel” and all I remember from that text book was the name François and Françoise. I always found it odd how in French you could have interchangeable masculine and feminine names when in English we don’t. Anyway, boring history trip of my life aside… Tilly (& the Buttons) has used the name for something infinitely cooler than my old French language textbook….

 

I’m not going to lie to you, this is a fabulously easy dress to make! Even more so with Tilly’s brilliant instructions. I spent precisely one afternoon doing this, so I can tell you, it’s quick too!

Françoise, Francoise dress, Tilly and the Buttons Sewing Pattern

And for an added bonus, I used up fabric from my fabric hoard, that I had dug out of the remnant bin for £4 – a lovely weight stretch cotton sateen. And in a completely shock move I chose a fabric that was not predominantly black or white!

Due to the stretch, I didn’t even bother with a zip…. The only downside is that with such a bold print, it detracts from the French darts on the dress which are an interesting feature in themselves.  For a wearable toile, this dress has turned out quite well, I added 2 cm length in 2 places but next time I will be needing to lower the bust dart a little bit.


Françoise, Francoise dress, Tilly and the Buttons Sewing Pattern

 

 

Stripey Tilly Coco Dress

Another Coco!

I love how easy and simple this dress is! And it is the perfect casual, relaxed but still pretty smart dress to wear at the weekends…. Nice and stretchy when stuffing your face with a yummy Sunday Roast in the local pub…. (Yep, I’ve already tried that…)

Anyway, Tilly is a genius for designing the pattern but I think we already knew that… (and if you didn’t – it’s the Coco dress by Tilly and the Buttons).

Stripey Tilly Coco Dress

Oh and if you are wondering where my awesome heels are from, they’re from Clark’s! So comfortable and flattering – seriously I hadn’t been to Clark’s since approximately the last time I needed to buy school shoes. I was pleasantly surprised by their shoes!

Stripey Tilly Coco DressI opted to go without the pockets as I’m naturally an apple shape, pockets that are placed near my midriff do me no favours! The fabric is a striped black and white viscose knit. Not sure if it was double knit or not but it’s fairly stable and quite warm.

Stripey Tilly Coco Dress

(Apologies for the black underwear…)

Coco Dress, Jersey Dress

Biensûr Coco Mademoiselle…

This is the very lovely Coco dress pattern from Tilly over at Tilly and the Buttons. How awesomely talented is she? I LOVE this pattern. If you don’t know what the fuss is all about, seriously where have you been???

Coco Dress, Jersey Dress

Ok, so this should have taken me about 2 hours to make but you know when you’re really tired and do stupid things? Yep, all i’m going to say is overlocker & inside out sleeve…..

Coco Dress

And though at the beginning I did think my colour choice feels a bit Vicar of Dibley, the colour combo is definitely growing on me. But never mind, I finished it and I love it. The dress is so easy to put together, so much so that number 2 is all ready and cut out.  Don’t be too surprised if you see that appearing on here in the not too distant future!

FYI, I lengthened the dress about 5 cm and if you’re tall like me (5 ft 10″) you may want to do the same.

Coco Dress

Black & White Coco Dress, Sewing Pattern

Finally, Thanks to my friend Kat for taking the photos in the park and making me giggle. 🙂