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Introducing the Frankie and Jones Dresses!

Fabric, fitting, and styling tips to help you sew two new dress patterns from Seamwork.

Posted in: Patterns • December 1, 2023

Dresses are fun to sew for the holidays. You can go all out and sew something swishy and sparkly or make something cozy so it feels like you never changed out of your pajamas, but you still look stylish.

This month’s patterns cover both of those approaches to holiday dresses.

Keep reading to meet the new Frankie and Jones sewing patterns!

Meet the Frankie Dress

Sew a dress for your next party—one you’ll want to twirl in year after year.

Frankie is a woven dress with a memorable silhouette, perfect for florals, jewel tones, or even a little sparkle. This dress has a fitted waist yoke and 6-gore gathered skirt. The V-neck is finished with a facing and lined yoke that gathers slightly below the shoulders. The sleeves are full length with elastic at the hem, and it keeps a sleek fit with an invisible zipper at the side seam.

The member bonus for Frankie swaps the gathered skirt for a 6-gore skirt with slim A-line cut that hits at the knees. You get a little bit more length and a body-skimming silhouette.

Fabric and Fit

Fabric recommendations: Look for lightweight or medium-weight woven fabrics such as linen, chambray, batiste, lawn, voile, rayon challis, cupro, and Tencel. If you want more swish, pick something with body, like Tencel. Pick something more crisp like lawn if you want a more structured silhouette.

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Fitting tips:

Get the Frankie dress

Meet the Jones Dress

Stay cozy, chic, and oh-so-comfortable in your new favorite sweater dress.

Jones is a mini sweater dress with a chic, classic silhouette. It features a deep V-neck with an oversized, overlapping neckband and sleeves that gather into oversized cuffs. Depending on the knit you choose, it's easy to dress up or down, making it the perfect piece for any occasion.

Fabric and Fit

Fabric recommendations: Look for medium-weight knit fabrics such as ponte, French terry, rib knit, hacci, and other lightweight sweater knits. Avoid lightweight knits as they will not have enough body to support the silhouette.

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Fitting tips:

Get the Jones dress

Seamwork Style Ideas

Since a dress is nearly an outfit in a single garment, here are a few layers you can wear if you need more warmth.

Layer a pair of Shelly leggings under the Jones dress and pair it with a colorful quilted jacket, like Easton.

Sew a classy wool layer to wear over the Frankie dress, like the Denise coat. Or, wear a warm Jill coatigan, and you’ll be swaddled in handmade comfort.

Ambassador Projects

Some of the Seamwork Ambassadors sewed up the new patterns already!

Amanda sewed the Jones dress in fabric from her stash for a holiday-themed outfit.

“I love that it’s super wearable!”

Michelle sewed a floral Jones dress out of French terry and contrasting ribbing from Style Maker Fabrics.

“I love the neckline and how nicely the neckband comes together!”

Vicky sewed the Frankie dress in crepe.

“So feminine!”

Katiusca sewed the Jones bonus in double poly brush knit and added a hem band.

Kathy sewed Jones in French terry.

“I love the sleeves of the Jones and—more importantly—how Gina's instruction illustrations helped me understand how to sew the neckline detail at the bottom.”

Allison sewed Jones in a double knit from Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics.

Kate sewed the Frankie bonus in sateen faced rayon from Fabric Mart.

Jos sewed the Jones dress in French terry for the holidays!

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