My little French dress

Well now, this is a well timed dress reveal.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll know Le Tour has come to Yorkshire. This weekend in fact!

I myself am in Lancashire for the weekend but I’m participating in the fun by sharing this little French dress with you all. Sorry it’s not made of yellow lycra. (I’m not actually sorry.)

almond rock simplicity 2444 french paris dress

The dress should probably be called my little Paris dress given the fabric is covered with Parisian landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, etc. There are also gloves, hats, dogs and umbrellas plus French sayings!

almond rock simplicity 2444 french paris dress

The fabric is home furnishing fabric I got at the Knitting and Stitching Show last year. I seemed to be the only one obsessed with it! Afraid I don’t know the maker and can’t remember the stall name. I lined the dress with mint coloured peach skin fabric which feels lush against my skin.


I’ve been freaking myself out trying to find the perfect garment to make but realised simplicity 2444 was the one. It’s a dress that can be worn in summer and winter and has enough coverage for work: these facts mean my 2444 dresses are my most frequently worn me-made garments! Why fight a good thing?


We took these photos strolling about near the canal. My photographer was making me laugh and encouraging me to do silly faces. Happy to oblige.


I’ve got to show you the back. I tried so hard to pattern match across my lapped zipper but I was about half a centimetre out! It mostly isn’t noticeable but these two dogs sniffing at each other are rather hilarious.

almond rock simplicity 2444 french paris dress

almond rock simplicity 2444 french paris dress

There you go, my favourite version of 2444 to date! Have a lovely weekend if you’re into cycling. If you’re not I hope you find somewhere to hide out!

almond rock simplicity 2444 french paris dress

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  1. I think this might be one of my favourite dresses you’ve made (my absolute fave is still the green aeroplanes one) I think I’ll have to buy/borrow/beg/steal 2444 at some point – it really does look fab!

    1. Wow thank you! It’s definitely up there with my aeroplanes dress for favourites I’ve ever made 🙂

  2. Hi. Your dress is amazing! I made a skirt with this fabric. I got mine from Fabrics Galore: they’re in Battersea but they also had a stall at the ExCel where I got mine in April. It’s so lovely: I wish I’d bought enough to make a shirt dress…

    1. Oh brilliant! Thanks for letting me know. They had a sample skirt made in it on the stall with green bias on it which was cute so bet yours is lovely

  3. This is gorgeous Amy. I might have to look into this pattern for some vintage Paris map fabric I’ve got stashed away for a dress.

  4. This is really cute and the photos are great. Sooo good to have a staple pattern you can rely on. I used to live in leeds.. i wish the tour had come through then.

  5. It’s gorgeous!! I don’t think anyone would notice the pattern matching being a centimetre out – but I love those dogs sniffing each other! Ha! Lovely to see bits of Leeds in all your pics too. Makes me nostalgic for the homeland! I’m off to see the riders finish today with my cycling obsessed other half. Inspired by you I think I’ll wear my Eiffel Tower print dress!!

    1. Thank you! I’m afraid I’m not a fan of it but I loved having Leeds be so popular and seeing everyone so excited about it

  6. I really love this dress, such lovely fabric! If you ever remember the stall name or fabric name, do let me know! Gonna try google it now!

  7. I am just de-lurking to say hello, Amy! I love your dress and we are a TdF household so am appreciating the whimsy – might have to do one myself before the Tour finishes (even though my two favourites are out!!). Try Fancy Moon for paris fabric – have just seen loads there!

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