Thursday, 1 January 2015

Tartan Francoise

 I've had a longing for a tartan something for a while and when Remnant House announced that postage was free for a few days I pounced on a metre of this beautiful black watch tartan. With only 1 metre of it, it had to become a Francoise.
 The plaid matching was pretty interesting with the front darts, but I tried my best! I cut the front and the back on the fold so at least they were continuous. In hindsight, maybe I should have put the zip in the back instead of the side seam because the back is easier to match. I'm pretty pleased with how the side seam turned out though.
The fit is quite loose, but I think that's okay with this dress. It's not supposed to be tight. The back could fit a tad better though, it's a bit baggy.
The neckline was finished with a facing which I need to stitch down because it flaps everywhere. The armholes are finished with bias tape and the hem was turned over twice and slipstitched during the big fat quiz of the year.
I wore this dress over a black jumper which worked really well for a walk around a national trust property near Stratford with my Aunt, Uncle and cousins. I attempted to get blog photos there but my dress didn't look it's best and you couldn't see the neckline so I retook them. I did get a really cute photo with my cousins though, who wanted to be on the blog!
My outfit that day was centered about being warm so it wasn't the most co-ordinated of outfits but it was certainly striking...
Well, a very happy new year to you all. I hope it's a good one. Thank you very much for reading my blog! I always jump up and down when I receive a new comment.
Thanks to Dad and Ed for taking various photos,
Lauren xx

10 comments:

  1. Super cute! What a great project to ring in the new year! I hope you get a lot of wear out of it. I have my Francoise patter printed and half-taped together.... Ran out of tape! As always, love seeing your work!!!

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    1. Thank you! It has had so much wear already, great for big meals ;)

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  2. :D i always get excited when i receive a comment on my blog too. happy new year! lovely dress

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  3. You are the cutest! I love this dress on you! You chose a great pattern to showcase the plaid and keep matching simple. The seams are really interesting and I like that you weren't able to really match across the darts so they are still visible if you look for them. Really nice job!

    I have an unblogged dress in a Marimekko print that I made with a vintage '60s pattern that has the same seams and darts. I think those type of front darts are called "french darts".

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    1. Thank you! I knew the darts had a name and I just couldn't think of it!!!

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  4. Your dress is quite sweet, I really like the plaid! And I am completely jealous! You have snow. Not. Fair.

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    1. Thank you! You have no reason to be jealous now because the snow's all gone :(

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  5. Very nice dress ! I did a tartan skirt with a similar fabric ; it's on my blog if you want to have a look ! :)

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