Updated: Jun 14
Making two dresses at the same time sounds dreamy, doesn’t it? If you listen to Melissa, she will make this magic come true. She makes the Frannie and Frannie Baby reversible! Customize for multiple looks and get twice the amount of wear out of one garment. You will see how Melissa made her appliqué double as a pocket.
This Frannie is made without a collar. Side 1 of the dress is made with the main fabric. Side 2 is made with contrasting fabric and has a ruffle at the hem. This ruffle will peek out under the edge of Side 1. This dress was also piped at the neck and arms using the side 2 fabric. Fabric requirements are the same.
1. Cut out all pattern pieces according to instructions with side 1 as main fabric and size 2 as lining.
2. Construct dress according to pattern instructions up to step 21. You will have completed everything but the hem of the dress.
3. Hem Side 1 as instructed in the pattern turning under 1/4", then another 1”. Hem in place.
4. Trim 1 ½" from the lower edge of the Side 2 dress.
5. Measure the lower edge of the Side 2 dress. Multiply this measurement by 1.6. Cut a long rectangular ruffle strip from the Side 2 fabric that is this new measurement by 3 ½" wide. When making a Frannie Baby, we suggest a 3” wide ruffle.
6. Press the ruffle in half lengthwise with wrong sides together.
7. Place the short ends of the ruffle together right sides together and stitch using a 1/4" seam. Press seam open. Refold on previous pressing line and repress.
8. Sew two rows of lengthened machine stitches along the raw edge of the ruffle. The first will be 1/8" from the edge, and the second will be 3/8" from the edge.
9. Pull up gathering threads to match the lower edge and pin the ruffle to the right side of Side 2 of the dress and. Stitch in place with a 1/4" seam. Finish seam with zig zag or serger and press the seam away from the ruffle.
10. At the neck closure sew two buttons back to back in order for both sides of the dress to have a closure on its top side. The crochet button loop (as instructed in the pattern) will hold either button in place at the neck. To make the pocket, see our blog posts:
Instructions by Melissa Sansom
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