The Franklin Dress for Flip this Pattern

I am one of the competitors for the Flip this Pattern at Frances Suzanne. I would love your vote. :) To vote go here. This is  my version of The Franklin dress by Brooklyn Pattern Company. I was excited to see it as the pattern to flip, since I love the style of the dress. It is comfortable, child friendly, stylish and unique. It reminds me of Japanese patterns that are so popular today.

The pattern was a pleasure to flip, it is very well done. All the notches and markings are present, so you can easily have your imagination run wild.

I wanted to make a version of a button down dress, but have more of a casual approach to it.

It's hard to see in the pictures, but I added decorative hand stitching along the neckline. I was quite pleased with myself, until I remembered where this is going. You know, on the blog where stunning embroidery is displayed quite often. Gulp.

I eliminated the front yoke, changed pin tucks into pleats and added a placket with buttons. The belt and belt loops were added as well. I replaced the casing for elastic on the sleeves with cuffs.

The blue gingham fabric came from my stash. I love the weight of it, it's lightweight without being see through. It is also soft and drapes nicely. The modeling pose is too funny.

I also eliminated gathers in the back for a more fitted look. I cut the back yoke, the cuffs, the belt loops and the front button placket on bias to add more interest.  Excuse the wrinkles, we drove to the location so that was unavoidable. 

I am very pleased with the results and highly recommend the pattern. Ania loves her new dress and got quite a few compliments during the photoshoot. She learned to casually say, "Well, my mom made it." and finds it hilarious that people are surprised. She thinks everybody knows how to sew.

Thank you so much to the masterminds of Flip this Pattern and the creative minds behind Frances Suzanne for inviting me to participate! I had a blast!


  1. Lovely dress and beautiful photos.

  2. Great take on the dress, of course I voted for you! :) The dress is so well designed and well made, it is beautiful. The embroidery is a really nice touch too. And I love those stunning photos!

  3. A timeless dress Olga! I love the little hand detail too.

  4. oh gosh, I love how you refashioned this pattern! i'm also totally in awe of how gorgeous your photography has become. I need to learn some tips from you!

  5. This is a great flip design! beautiful job!

  6. Such a wonderful version and she does wears it very well as well :)
    There are so many beautiful details that I love but the neck embroidery is surely my favorite!

  7. Beautiful Olga!! The colour is stunning on Ania. What beautiful photos too :)


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