I’ve sewn a Françoise!

Here she is, my first Françoise dress!


The pattern is the recently released Françoise dress by Tilly from Tilly and the Buttons. It is said to be beginner-friendly. Well, as you can see it is, because I’m a beginner and the dress turned out pretty well. Right? I mean, I’m so very proud of it, but I might be biased, because I’ve spent so much time and effort working on it.

What makes this a suitable project for a beginner is the very detailed sew-along instructions Tilly provided. The instructions are really good. I hadn’t done many of the things involved in making of this dress before, but there wasn’t a single place where the instructions were not clear enough for me to understand.


I had to include at least one picture of me in one of Tilly’s cover poses, I just couldn’t help myself :)


I can’t say what kind of fabric this is. It was labelled as ‘costume/suiting fabric’ at the shop. Do European or American shops classify fabrics as ‘dress fabrics’ or ‘costume fabrics’? It just doesn’t make sense to me.

The fabric might be a tiny bit too sturdy for this dress. At least it would be easier to make it from a lighter fabric. Which, by the way, I’m going to check. I’ve already cut a second Françoise, from linen and sleeveless this time.

IMG_0119Working with this pattern was a pleasure, it seems very well thought-out. It’s also a great skill-builder. And, what is more important, the dress has turned out much better than I expected, my not very advanced sewing skills taken into consideration :)

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11 thoughts on “I’ve sewn a Françoise!

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  2. Sarah says:

    I saw your dress on Tilly’s blog and its my favourite. I wondered what fabric you used for the collar it sits really well so I’m wondering if its a lighter weight to the dress fabric.
    I like you don’t know any other dressmakers and there are only crafting groups where I live so your experience making the dress as another beginner is really useful.

    • Xenia says:

      Thank you, Sarah, and I’m sorry I have somehow missed your comment.
      Yes, the collar is made in a lighter fabric, it’s actually simple quilting cotton (Kona). It worked great for the collar, because it irons well and is easy to manage in general.
      It’s good to see a fellow beginner seamstress here :-)

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