After a week of frantic sewing to meet deadlines last week, I chose to do some enjoyable sewing for the grandkids this week. It was just what I needed! I’ve had such fun working on this latest project.
One of my favorite dresses is the “Frannie” dress by Lyn Weeks. The dress pattern was inspired by a vintage pattern, which I feel sure has something to do with why I love it. I really love vintage pattern styles. The sleeve treatment is a bit tricky to accomplish, which causes many seamstresses to give up on sewing this pattern. I’ve been participating in a sew-along on one of the sewing forums, and it has been fun to see what everyone is working on. I have finished my dress, along with the matching doll dress and am very pleased with the results.
The original pattern by Lyn has the doll dress pattern included in the larger sizes, which is called “Frannie’s Big Sister”. Martha Pullen/Sew Beautiful purchased the pattern rights from Lyn several years ago and sold the pattern, but I’m not sure that you can still buy either of the patterns from them at this point.
The original patterns from Lyn came in a cream colored envelope.
In the pattern is a black and white photo of a suggested smocking design, but no graph for it. I have followed the picture in the past and smocked that design, which is quite pretty. However, for this dress, I chose to use the design that I did for Australian Smocking and Embroidery magazine for my “Paisley Park” outfit (Issue #84).
After getting the geometric smocking finished, I decided to not make the flower petals, but to leave the flower centers as polka dots and then did an outline stitch around the dots and a French knot in the center. I think it goes well with the fabric.
For the matching doll dress, I attempted to mimic the design on a smaller scale. I’m happy with they way that it turned out, though it has less detail.
The pattern looks big for the little girls, so I think I’ll save it for a birthday gift in October. I think it’s going to be a hit! After all, what little girl doesn’t love matching her dolly!!!
If you manage to find this pattern on the second hand market, you may want to pick it up since they are getting difficult to find. I hope to start stitching a more traditional dress from this pattern next!
What fun projects are you stitching this summer???