Psychedelic Francoise Dress


I made a bonkers Tilly and the Buttons Francoise Dress and I love it! After testing Francoise last year, I was so taken by her simple, yet sweet lines, that I promptly vowed to make another asap.



I've been hoarding this crazy wool crepe for three years - which was sold as a vintage remnant by Croft Mill - and I'm so glad I waited this long to use it. I think Francoise's simple lines are perfectly complimentary and the combination has resulted in a really psychedelic look. Which suits me just fine as I love a retro aesthetic! Originally, I had planned a long sleeved version of Francoise, but realised that could be a step too far with such a busy print.



Once I decided against sleeves, I just knew I had to have a collar...but I was feeling mighty lazy too. My good friend Winnie came to the rescue though, when I remembered the crochet collar she gifted me many years ago. So much quicker than making your own collar and much cuter in this case! Thank you Winnie!


Being relatively narrow, my collar kept curling up, but a quick catch stitch-later and it sits perfectly! Do you like the bright orange bias binding I used to finish the armholes? You can't really see it when I'm wearing it, apart from the odd glimpse, but it makes me happy nonetheless.



I don't have anything new to add about the construction of Francoise that I didn't cover here, but I must reitarte how unbeatable Tilly's thorough instructions are.

Have you made a Francoise Dress? What do you make of the pattern?

58 comments:

  1. what an awesome print! really suits the shape of the dress. lovely!

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  2. This is gorgeous. As Jo says above, the print perfectly suits this pattern!

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  3. This is very cool, Marie! I'm still pretty on the fence about the Francoise pattern - I ended up giving the dress I made to the charity shop because I just wasn't sure I would ever wear it - but the print and the shape work perfectly together here. And you are ridiculously, RIDICULOUSLY cute in the photos. More attractive than a halloumi-mushroom-hash brown sandwich, even! xx

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    1. Better than a halloumi-mushroom-hashbrown sandwich, eh? That's high praise indeed...thank you lovely :o)

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  4. Love the fabric. The dress looks really vintage. Xx

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    1. Yeah, the fabric has made it look super retro :o)

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  5. Amazeballs, I love this so much! -Sara @ Sew Sweetness

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  6. Super cool and not bonkers at all. Totally suits you xxx

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  7. Ah that's an amazing version! I love the collar and how it's so different to the print but it works beautifully :) x

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    1. Thanks, really pleased you agree on the collar :o)

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  8. I love the little lace collar on that bright print!

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    1. Thanks Evie, I think it's a sweet touch!

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  9. Excellent dress, I love it!

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  10. Fantastic!! I love the print paired with the lace collar.

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    1. I'm glad it work out so well as I had my heart set on that combination!

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  11. What a cutie. Love the colours x

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  12. It's worked out so well Marie! Your vision of the fabric with collar are perfect partners, it's beautiful x

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    1. Thank you Winnie, especially for the collar!xx

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  13. A perfect match of great fabric and cute pattern. Gorgeous!

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  14. Πολύ όμορφο φόρεμα, και η δαντελα ταίριαξε τέλεια. Έχω κάνει και εγω αυτό το πατρόν, θα ήθελα να το ξανακάνω κάποια στιγμή και να προσθέσω piping.

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    1. S'euxapisto para poli! Kai go ithela na prostheso aspro piping and alla3a idea teleutaia stigmi. Sto epomeno mou tha prostheso piping sigoupa ;o) Elpizo na to 3anakanis sintoma to diko sou :o)

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  15. The collar makes it extra special. I love the fabric, perfect choice.

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  16. Ooo! This is gorgeous! I LOVE the fabric and the lace collar.

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  17. This looks awesome Marie! What a great dress.

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  18. Wow, love the dress! It fits you so well, and the fabric is perfect!

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  19. Perfect fabric choice. Gorgeous colours!!!

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  20. That collar is the cutest! I love the fabric and the simple shape really highlights it well. Love this dress on you!

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  21. The collar just makes the whole thing POP - really adorable :)

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    1. I was hoping it would, glad you agree!

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  22. This is perfect Marie! The fabric and pattern were made for each other and the collar finishes it nicely. Great job!

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    1. Thanks Claire, you're very kind!

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  23. Oh my gosh, I love this! The fabric is PERFECT for this dress!!!

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  24. Amazing fabric!! I love the lace collar. Too cute :)

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  25. Oh I LOVE it! This could be my all time fave dress on you (I have missed a few in the last year though!) and thought straight away it was a vintage remnant or op shop find. Imagine finding that at the op shop... !

    I love the orange bias and hadn't realised the back seams, which are very flattering!

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    1. Thanks so much lovely, I'm very flattered by your comments!

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  26. Fabulous dress! I love the fabric, and the collar is the perfect finishing touch.

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  27. I love that dress and glad that I have seen it on you as you are the same shape as me and I was a bit put off by too many twiggies showing it. Your shape looks really fabulous in it. Jo x

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    1. Aaaw thank you Jo! I'm certainly not a twiggy and never thought a shift dress would suit me...but the darts in Tilly's design provide enough shaping :o)

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  28. This fabric is what my dreams are made of. I adore this dress and that delightful collar paired with this print! You look marvelous :)

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