Recently, Cyndy created this smocked version of the 1930s style Frannie dress for her granddaughter, Emma.

The fabrics are all cotton and were purchased at Mill End Textiles when Cyndy stopped in on a whim.

“I actually had several blue fabrics chosen, as well as the gold/orange fabrics, and had a difficult time choosing between the two color schemes,” Cyndy said. “I think that is the enjoyment of using this pattern… the look is so different depending on the color scheme.”

Cyndy said she was a little leery of attaching the skirt into the bodice due to the unique shaping of the skirt and yoke, but she was pleased with the ease in which it went together.

The Frannie pattern is by Lyn Weeks. It includes sizes from 6 months to age 4. Also included is a smocking design; it may be smocked or simply gathered. Frannie, by popular demand, sold out several years ago; however, the Martha Pullen Company recently purchased this pattern and it is available online here: Martha Pullen Company For girls older than 4, Lyn Weeks also created the Frannie’s Older Sister pattern in sizes 5-8, and it is available here at Blumenkinder Heirlooms.

We have enjoyed seeing “Frannie” in several variations via Sew Beautiful magazine. Looking forward to many more! –Connie


3 thoughts on “Frannie

    • Thanks, Janice. I’m with you…hoping to make one soon for my daughter, Rachel, as she approaches 8. I made one a few years ago without Smocking for my older girls… It’s a good pattern. I love the comfortable capped sleeves and that yoke shaping!


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