Ok, I normally don’t give my outfit names but this technicolor number was crying for a nickname. I made Tilly’s francoise’s dress back in november but never got around blogging. On my last count there are 9 un-blogged finished items waiting for me to photograph and write and I blame Instagram. Sewn. Snap. Blogged.
Francoise* is a MINI shift dress. Yes mini, so leggy ladies put your hems down. I sewn a straight size 3 and added a hem band because I was on tunic territory. The reason I didn’t automatically added length is because on A line shapes skirts & dresses suit me better when short. Body proportion +garment shape is such a trial and error process and once we find a ‘formula’ we can wear all shapes and styles, even the ones we think we couldn’t.
I love french darts and often advice full busted students to seek it on their pattern choices. Shape the body without being overly fitted. This dress fit me ok, in hindsight I should have dropped the bust dart about 1 cm. “If you don’t want to nit-pick on finished items, muslin it sista! “I should put that on a T-shirt.
As I didn’t have enough I cut my sleeves and created a colour block effect. I solution I have grown to love. Such an easy way to create different outfits from one pattern. Economic use of fabric too.
Since finishing this dress I have hardly sewn cute dresses and let alone super colourful ones. As I mentioned previously I’m trying to move my wardrobe to a more co-ordinated and minimalist approach and sewing more tailored and monochromatic color schemes. It doesn’t mean I stopped loving color and print but just meant i’m trying a whole new look on key pieces. Not going to be translated immediately on my backlog but hopefully next year I can look back and see a concise and more thoughtful wardrobe approach.
Ps: I’m taking part of Me Made May but my pledge is a little different this year. You can keep up with my outfits on my social media channels if you want to.
Have you found yourself conflicted on fabric choices between super fun vs grown up/tone down?
*Pattern was courtesy of my friend Tilly.