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



Pattern Testing!


Just a quick post today! I’ve been super busy recently and I cannot wait to show you all what I have been up to! All good things I promise 🙂

I may have developed a few lingerie patterns along the way and am now at the stage where I’d love to get some good honest feedback about them. So, if anyone fancies doing a bit of pattern testing, click on the link below.

I’m looking for a variety of testers really, so having lots of experience isn’t a prerequisite as they are pretty easy peasy patterns I promise!


Pattern Testing Link


So just click on the button above which will take you to a short questionnaire and then I will let you know a little bit more! Thank you!


Sewing Magazine Round up

One of the reasons I have not been particularly prolific with my sewing recently was the recent Easter weekend… I spent some time with my family in Holland and whilst there I had the opportunity to stock up on all the latest sewing magazines. I love the sewing machines in Holland as whilst the patterns aren’t always that exciting (and the fabric choices can be a bit odd!) – they have a particularly good bit in the middle with the patterns, explaining basic sewing methods. Great for a beginner like me!

From Knipmode May 2010 – a smart blazer with belted waist

A really beautiful summery skirt and shirt:

Halterneck summer dress – except the V neck is probably a bit low for me!

Burda May 2010

Lovely shirt and skirt – especially loving the colours. Very spring/summer this year.

I love the colour of this skirt and I am a big fan of anything with a bow!

I like the unusual darts on the front of this dress:-

Burda spring/summer style 2010

Didn’t find much in this one except for this little jacket is cute:-

Knipmode supplement May 2010 – Denim

I really love the shape of this skirt plus the combination of casual skirt with smart jacket:-

Knipmode April 2010

I love these trousers. I have been looking for a pattern that has the high waisted, matelot/nautical look to it:-

Not that i’d ever wear wet look stretch jersey, but I do like the draping on this dress:-

Cute and simple empire line dress:-

And lastly, a classic fail safe shirt:-