The Seattle dress, Part 1 - Amy Schmitz

The Seattle dress, Part 1

Nov. 9, 2016

Preface: I wrote this before the polls closed last night. My writing reflects my excited and gleeful mood. I considered rewriting it after the election results, but to be honest, I just don't have time. You'll understand why when you read it.

Today my emotions are all over the place.

This is a photo of an unfinished dress. Actually it's not even started yet.


I had a plan. I was going to have a flannel shirtdress done for this post. It would have been such a perfect way to announce this.

But we've just been too busy. Busy making an important decision. Busy driving across the country. Busy looking at houses. Busy getting ours ready to sell.

We're moving to Washington!

So the flannel shirtdress isn't even started. I haven't even ironed the fabric yet. But it's next. It's sitting on my table at home waiting for me to come home and start it.

When Mikey flew out to Seattle in October for a job interview, he said everyone was wearing either fleece or flannel shirts. Although the flannel shirtdress would have been perfect for my announcement, I do have a different dress finished! I even wore it on our house-hunting trip. The weather was beautiful that day. It was rainy the next, followed by partly cloudy the day I started writing this.

I fully intended to have Mikey take pictures of this dress, which is my second Françoise by Tilly and the Buttons, in Seattle. But after a day of driving around with our real estate agent, I totally forgot.

It was so comfortable while riding around in the back of our agent’s car and traipsing through people’s homes. It'll be a great dress for cool days in the Pacific Northwest.

I took these photos just before our trip.

I cut the same size as the first time but added an inch and a half to the length, so I could hem the knit a full inch. Small hems in knit tend to roll out, but if they’re wider, they stay put.

The pattern comes with three-quarter sleeves, so I added 4 inches to make them full length. I had to use a narrow quarter-inch hem, so I’ll add 1.5 inches more next time.

The way the sleeves fit under my arms left me with wings, so I ended up taking the sides in a half-inch at the bust, grading to three-quarter inch at the sleeve. I also let the raglan seam (where the sleeve attaches to the front and back of the dress) out three-eighths inch.

Instead of adding side seam pockets, this time I used my usual patch pocket pattern and guessed where to place them based on the first Françoise.

Yes, I cut out the critters to match exactly!


I originally installed a white invisible zipper because I didn’t know whether the neck hole would fit over my head. But it caused a weird ripple at the bottom of the zipper (right over my butt), and the neckline stuck out all yucky.

The neckline ended up going over my noggin just fine, so I removed it and took in that wonky neckline a little in the back.

I topstitched the neckline the same distance as the skirt hem to hold the facing in place, and I think it actually added a good visual element. I used a twin needle on this topstitching and all hems.

I think the fabric is by Simplifi. I bought it a year or two ago at Fancy Tiger in Denver. ADORABLE!

It’s super comfy. TIlly’s pattern envelope includes some knits as a fabric suggestion, and I highly recommend it, especially a knit as stable as this one. I wore it with crocheted cream tights and boots. And the medium-to-heavy-weight fabric was just right on a 60-degree sunny Seattle day.

So if you’ve made it this far, you deserve a few travel photos! I started typing this one evening in our hotel room and finished it yesterday during one of Mikey’s turns at the wheel coming back to KC.

On the way to Seattle near the Montana-Idaho border.


The trip was a whirlwind. We looked at houses for three days on both sides of the sound. The day we left we worked like crazy (We almost ran out of cell phone data!) to put together an offer on a house we loved. We’d been watching this house on Bainbridge Island for several weeks online, hoping it wouldn’t sell before we got there. The Seattle housing market is INSANE.

The trip was a whirlwind. We looked at houses for three days on both sides of the sound. The day we left we worked like crazy (We almost ran out of cell phone data!) to put together an offer on a house we loved. We’d been watching this house on Bainbridge Island for several weeks online, hoping it wouldn’t sell before we got there. The Seattle housing market is INSANE.<br />
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(Winston and I needed a shake-out run after 30 hours in the car. We ran 10 miles at sunrise along Lake Washington.)

Winston and I needed a shake-out run after 30 hours in the car. We ran 10 miles at sunrise along Lake Washington.


They accepted our offer! So Mikey will commute to his job in Seattle via ferry, and we’ll live the island life. The nonstop continues the rest of this week with getting our house ready to sell and taking care of all the details of buying the Bainbridge house. We’re exhausted but can’t stop yet!

Before our second day of open houses (third day of looking at houses), Winston and I got in a little urban dirt at Carkeek Park.


We then battled the insane traffic out to Bellevue to run some Cougar Mountain trails before our scramble to put an offer together.


On the drive back to Kansas City, Winston poked a hole in my sleeping pad, so he found something else soft to lie on.


Now back to prepping the old house in Kansas City to sell. Once that’s on the market, then maybe I can cut out my flannel dress.


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