Hi all, I thought I would participate in the Franken-indie challenge since I happened to have made a love child dress this month, so welcome my Lireau dress, the love child of Lilou from Tilly and the Buttons and Sureau from Deer and Doe patterns.
I was happily cutting out Tilly Walnes’ Lilou dress pattern when I realized the pleated skirt was too wide for the gingham quilting fabric I was using. Fortunately I have seen so many beautiful and creative Franken-patterns on the interwebs that I had plenty of inspiration from other bloggers. Seriously I have no idea what I would do without the internet for my sewing! Anyway, I thought the Sureau dress skirt from Deer and Doe patterns would look really nice with the Lilou bodice. Both patterns are very easy and straight forward and just really nice to sew.
The Lilou bodice is lined, a feature that I absolutely love. I did make a muslin which had several alterations. I had made a size 4 bust and shoulders and graded to a 3 for the waist, but ended up taking the side seams in by 1 inch and down to half an inch where I graded to the size 3. There is still a lot of ease but that could also be from the quilting fabric that I used and may stretch while wearing it. I am thinking a wash a trip to the dryer will get it to where it should be. I also took up the shoulder seams by 2 inches and added darts to the back neckline that I closed on the master pattern. Patterns tend to gape on me in that area so this is a common alternation for me.
The Sureau skirt is a more subtle gathered skirt with more shape than a regular gathered skirt. This was my first Franken-pattern and I think this must have been the easiest skirt to add, lucky me! The only change I made was adding a seam allowance to the back skirt piece and did not cut it on the fold because the original pattern has a side zipper and the Lilou pattern has a back zip.
I love this dress, and I can’t wait to make more.
Not only is this my first Franken pattern, but it’s my first Monthly Stitch post!
If you don’t have a copy of Tilly’s book yet you might want to get a copy because the patterns are so cute. For more details on this dress, please visit my blog here.