Tilly and the Buttons Francoise dress with kitty cat pockets

   I have been working on a new dress for the entire holiday season.  It kept getting placed on the back burner because of all of the holiday orders for skirts from my Sandee Royalty shop.  I finally finished and wore it to church on Sunday.  It really isn't a church dress but I don't hold to convention.  I just had to wear it because I had worked so hard and long on it.  The pattern is one of my new favorites from Tilly and the Buttons.  It is the Francoise dress and available for download.  Isn't Tilly just darling?

tilly and the buttons francoise dress pattern download

Francoise dress under construction at 2 am.  Olivia is sleepy because mommy won't go to bed.  I chose to make the sleeves with a heavy knit because the gold metallic fabric was heavy and itchy.  I am so happy that I did because the dress was much more comfortable and I like the lines of the contrast fabric.  I didn't put a collar on because I didn't want to distract from the amazing pockets.

These are the kitty cat pockets that I made by drawing a circle and adding ears.  The stitching is a decorative stitch on my Janome sewing machine.  I  sewed a button on for the nose, lined them and then sewed them directly to the dress with a top stitch.  There was much debate on whether to add eyes to the kitties and I chose to keep the pockets eyeless.  It makes them more "mature" without eyes says my daughter. Her big question is "what would Orla Kiely do?"  Definitely eyeless.  :)

I highly recommend the Francoise pattern if you are looking for a super versatile shift dress with a 60's flair.  I have several more planned and am excited to try some new embellishments on them. Being able to use a contrast fabric on the sleeve opens a new door for fun and games when planning new outfits. 


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