• Françoise Shift Dress
  • Françoise Shift Dress
  • Françoise Shift Dress
  • Françoise Shift Dress
  • Françoise Shift Dress
  • Françoise Shift Dress
  • Françoise Shift Dress

Françoise Shift Dress

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The Françoise dress pattern by Tilly and the Buttons is a chic and easy-to-wear mini dress inspired by sixties fashion -- yet always in style. The design features striking French darts and raglan seams. Choose from two-piece three-quarter length sleeves or a sleeveless version, with optional collar and waist tab.

With its simple flat sleeve construction method and jargon-busting instructions, this pattern makes a great first dress project for beginner sewists. More experienced stitchers can add the optional collar and play around with design variations - how about adding piping to the raglan seam lines?

Pattern: 1004
Sizes: 2-16
Notions: thread, 56cm (22”) invisible zipper, incl invisible zip foot, Iron-on interfacing (about 30cm / 12”, similar weight to your fabric)
Additional Optional Notions: 2 x 2.5cm (1”) buttons for the tab, 1.2m x 35mm bias binding for sleeveless version (or you can make your own)
Suggested Fabric: Medium weight cotton, sateen or light twill, preferably with a bit of stretch; double crepe; linen; double knit. The sleeveless version would also be great in gabardine, quilting weight cotton, light wool or brocade. 
Skill Level: Confident Beginner
Fabric Requirements: 1.8m x 150cm wide (2 yds x 60”) OR 2.4m x 115cm wide (2 5/8 yds x 45”) (less for sleeveless version)


1 (UK 6 / US 2 / EUR 34) 76cm (30in) 61cm (24in) 84cm (33in)
2 (UK 8 / US 4 / EUR 36) 81cm (32in) 66cm (26in) 89cm (35in)
3 (UK 10 / US 6 / EUR 38) 86.5cm (34in) 71cm (28in) 94cm (37in)
4 (UK 12 / US 8 / EUR 40) 91.5cm (36in) 76cm (30in) 99cm (39in)
5 (UK 14 / US 10 / EUR 42) 96.5cm (38in) 81cm (32in) 104cm (41in)
6 (UK 16 / US 12 / EUR 44) 101.5cm (40in) 86.5cm (34in) 109cm (43in)
7 (UK 18 / US 14 / EUR 46) 106.5cm (42in) 91.5cm (36in) 114cm (45in)
8 (UK 20 / US 16 / EUR 48) 112cm (44in) 96.5cm (38in) 119.5cm (47in)

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