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

(44) Comments

  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. almondrock says:

      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. almondrock says:

      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. Lovely dress, Amy! This pattern seems to work in everything – especially furnishing fabric. Good choice!

    1. almondrock says:

      It’s the magic pattern!!

  4. I love this pattern as well. Got to get an FBA on it and make it again. Your dress is cute! Love the fabric choice.

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! I’m sure I’ll make it again!

  5. stitchedupsam says:

    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.

    1. almondrock says:

      Oooh that sounds nice! I definitely recommend this pattern

  6. Cute dress! I have this pattern in my stash, I really must try it out soon!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks! I definitely agree you should! It’s a super pattern

  7. Really cute. I love the fabric!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks so much!

  8. Good old S2444, I love this pattern! Your dress is gorgeous, and I love the French fabric.

    1. almondrock says:

      It’s the perfect pattern for me. I don’t know why I tried to fight it!

  9. nx44 says:

    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.

    1. almondrock says:

      Oh thank you! It was quite a spectacle and nice to put Leeds on the telly a bit more

  10. Tres cute! And LOL at those two dogs…I guess they are doing what dogs do (even in Paris)!

    1. almondrock says:

      Merci! Fruity french dogs are a funny touch that will make me smile when I wear it

  11. 2444…such a wonderful and reliable pattern. It is one of my go to patterns as well. Such a cute print and a lovely dress 🙂

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks so much! I’m sure I’ll make a few more heehee

  12. Beautiful dress – I love the fabric! It’s a shame you didn’t get to wear it during Le Grand Depart, Leeds was absolutely buzzing.

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! It would have been funny to walk around in on the day. Hope you got a good view

  13. 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. almondrock says:

      Yay French dresses everywhere! Hope you got a good view. Always happy to share photos of Leeds too

  14. beautiful fabric! I, too, was in Lancashire during the TDF weekend… what a strange co-incidence haha

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! Hehe are we just following each other around?

  15. This is SO cute! I love it on you! And the dogs “greeting” each other are a hilarious detail. 🙂

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! “Greeting” is a brilliant way to describe it! Haha

  16. Haha! Two dogs doing what they do best!! Super cute dress!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! Guess they’re just doing what they do best heehee

  17. It’s a fabulous print Amy and looks so cute. Love the silly faces and the two dogs – hehe!!
    And of course vive le Tour! I guess you’re not a cycling fan?!

    1. almondrock says:

      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

  18. Lovely dress missus! Love the style, that fabric ans I think the dog sniffinf incident around the back is the perfect cheeky touch! 😉


    1. almondrock says:

      Hehe thank you! Need a cheeky element every now and then

  19. 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!

  20. Amy, this is RAD! Love your work, lady! And seriously, is 2444 a magical dress? I have it in my stash but never cracked it…

  21. Did I see this dress when buying carpets!!???!!

    1. almondrock says:

      Yes you did!!

  22. oh I’m loving everything Parisian and that fabric is lovely!

  23. Anna says:

    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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