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My highly anticipated Francoise dress from Tilly and the Buttons, turned out to be a dud, all because it needed an FBA

My First Francoise, A Dress for Winter

One of my winter sewing plans was to make a winter dress. For this project, I decided to go with the Tilly & the Buttons Francoise dress and the fuchsia-colored pink ponte, which I’ve already talked about with my Pretty in Pink outfit. 

 

Making the Francoise

Making the Francoise dress was really easy, after all, it’s Tilly & the Buttons pattern, so the instructions are amazing. 

I even added a contrasting collar and cuffs, along with some vintage buttons for accent. 

My highly anticipated Francoise dress from Tilly and the Buttons, turned out to be a dud, all because it needed an FBA
I love the accents I added to this dress

 

The dress whipped up in no time, but despite being an easy make, it wasn’t exactly the best fit.

             
Sewing Summary
Date Feb 05 My highly anticipated Francoise dress from Tilly and the Buttons, turned out to be a dud, all because it needed an FBA
Pattern: Francoise
Version: Sleeved
Size: 6
Notes & Modification: Added collar and cuffs
Recommendations: Consider an FBA
Difficulty: Intermediate Rating:  

Needs an FBA

After making this dress and putting it on I was very disappointed to find it just didn’t fit right. I think the real issue is that I simply should have done an FBA on this pattern, but with the raglan sleeves, I wasn’t sure how to go about that. But if I’m being honest I think I was just too lazy and couldn’t be bothered. 

If I had used a stretchier fabric I might have gotten away with it, but since this ponte was very structured there was no room for error. 

My highly anticipated Francoise dress from Tilly and the Buttons, turned out to be a dud, all because it needed an FBA
Despite all my work, I just don’t think the fit is right

Needless to say despite the dress coming together nicely and looking good, it just doesn’t fit and I probably am going to gift it to one of my sisters. 

I’d love to know if you’ve made the Francoise dress and what your experience was like. 

My highly anticipated Francoise dress from Tilly and the Buttons, turned out to be a dud, all because it needed an FBA.

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Akram Taghavi-Burris

designer, writer, educator, tech nerd, crafter, baker, sewer and vintage collector, who Brings Creative & Crazy Ides to Life.

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