A Spontaneous 1960s Coco-Françoise Mash up!

by - 11/07/2018

Hi pinups! Here's a blog post that's come totally out of the blue... I had literally no intention of sewing anything for myself this week, let along taking photos and writing a blog post, yet here we are! Sometimes the spontaneous ones are the best ones and this mash up of patterns fits in quite nicely with the #stitchedwithatwist Instagram sewing challenge too.

I'm a total morning person and you'll never catch me sewing much past 3pm. But once in a blue moon, most likely after a low sew-jo period, I'll have a surge of energy to sew something for myself in an evening. It's very rare but has been known to happen on occasion. And that's exactly what happened with this Tilly and the Buttons Coco-Francoise dress mashup. 

I'm no stranger to the Tilly and the Buttons Coco pattern and you can see some blog posts featuring a couple of my past versions HERE. I have made one Tilly and the Buttons Francoise, but you'll never see it as it went pretty much straight in the bin - but that's a story for another day...

Now I wouldn't say there's a whole lot of vintage style in my wardrobe these days but when it comes to Autumn/Winter I LOVE a bit of 1960s style. I made this Simplicity 1197 coat a last year and you can see the original post HERE, but if I'm honest it hasn't gotten the wear it deserves. 

If you caught my post about sustainable sewing and making an effort to restyle and wear my old makes, you'll know I'm on a bit of a revival kick, trying to see some of my previous makes with new eyes. Now don't get me wrong, I love this coat. It was pretty much my dream coat come to life. But the practicalities of it left me choosing to wear my other coats instead. For me it's the sleeve length, which is a classic 3/4 length sleeve. I love the style and it adds to the retro look, but when the weather got cold enough to wear it, none of my gloves were long enough and I didn't like my clothes' sleeves poking out. Now I know this all sounds very trivial, but that small detail meant I wore other coats more. Anyway, a year too late I've finally bought some long wooly black gloves to wear with this coat and I plan to wear it a lot more this time around.

Let's get back to the dress... I've had this fabric in my stash for a couple of years. I knew I wanted to make something retro out of it but with (I think) 1.5m I didn't have enough for a dress, or so I thought. I pride myself on my ability to get a dress out of small amounts of fabric, and with lots of head scratching and rotating, I can't quite believe I managed this one! It's the Coco dress pattern and I've had to shorten the sleeves a lot and also make the cuffs a lot narrower than the original, but I'm so happy with the outcome. Then with the very last scraps, I added a button waist detail which I pinched from the Francoise pattern. 

I love this dress paired with my old Simplicity coat, this might just be my new favourite outfit. I had toyed with the idea of sewing Tilly's Francoise dress pattern in a jersey and omitting the zip, but this seems like a much simpler way to get the look of that dress without having to experiment. As I feel like I know the Coco pattern inside out, I might try adding the collar from the Francoise onto my next. 

So this Coco-Francoise mashup is my entry for the #stitchedwithatwist Instagram challenge which the lovely ladies @I_seam_sew_happy and @oh_liverpool_lou asked me to be a part of. Find out all the info on the competition HERE - there's some amazing prizes to win and they need your entries by 24th November.

Whilst this make and blog post was totally out of the blue, it's all worked out quite nicely for me! I don't have too many sewing plans at the moment because of my work commitments (I can't believe my mini shop sold out in a week!!), but my fabric stash is looking pretty healthy at the moment and I'm sure another random make won't be too far away!

Thanks for reading, pinups!
Abi xo

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  1. I love this dress Abi! The style/colour combo of this outfit and your hair is so on point :) x

  2. Wow, what a wonderful dress! The coat makes me swoon, too. I totally love the 60s style and it suits you sooo well.