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Reviewed by:Ghainskom

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Posted on:7/26/10 8:23 AM
Last Updated:8/17/14 12:29 PM
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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people    Very Helpful by 4 people   
Fabric:Cotton  [See other projects in this fabric]
I sew this dress for my daughter in 2010. It's still one of her favorite garments, as seen on this picture from July 2014:
Feliz 2014

Original review:
Pattern Description:
girl's party dress with apron overlay and optional back ruffles and sleeves. Adjustable width.
The Feliz party dress is an evolutive pattern that's designed to be worn as a dress the first year, as a tunic the following and altered to a skirt on the third. It kind of reminds me of a dirndl.
Happy camper

Pattern Sizing:
86/18 months to 140/9 years

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The pattern comes on paper with instructions and you can download a booklet with images here if you prefer. That's what I did and did not refer to the written instructions once. I have to say with instructions like "attach the ruffles", they're not really written for beginners. Also, the pattern does not include pattern pieces for the ruffles or doesn't tell you how to cut them la Burda i.e. by solely stating the dimensions of the pieces, neither are the "cap" sleeves. You'll have to draft those yourself.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the girliness, the flexibility and the twirling factor.

Fabric Used:
Embroidered cotton for the apron, polka dot cotton for the underskirt and batist for the underlining.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I replaced topstiching in almost all places with understitching. I love understitching: highly effective but invisible.
My main fabric is sheer so I underlined it with white batist.
I embellished the seams with a matching polka dot rickrack to make them stand out a bit.
I hemmed the apron part with a striped cotton bias and the underskirt with a rolled hem.
I used satin ribbon for the back knot instead of the fashion fabrics, to add some drama. I like that the width of the dress can be adjusted with that ribbon.
The dress it finished with french seams.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will and I do.

There are so many variations and embellishment possibilities to this pattern! You can make it with or without back ruffles (I'm definitely doing those next time), a hem ruffle, "cap" sleeves, embellishment buttons in the back, and the sky is the limit for any other embellishment in the front. It's insane! This is really a versatile and thought-out pattern.

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Barbara V said... (8/13/10 4:26 PM) Reply
Congratulations! What an adorable dress and creative fabric combination.
Ghainskom said... (8/12/10 5:59 PM) Reply
Thank you for your nice comments and/or for voting for this garment!
AnneM said... (8/6/10 9:19 PM) Reply
Think it will last that long? Looks like it might get a lot of wear!! Very nice.
callmeRuth said... (7/30/10 8:49 PM) Reply
Very nice! I love your fabric choice for this pattern. I have the pattern, but I'm too chicken to make it. :)
JEF said... (7/29/10 7:15 AM) Reply
Super cute and fantastic twirl factor!
pterion said... (7/27/10 11:12 AM) Reply
So cute! Beautiful work!
Diane333 said... (7/27/10 8:21 AM) Reply
Very expensive looking and soo cute.
michalklimer said... (7/27/10 5:12 AM) Reply
Love this pattern! Love the way the dress turned!
ClaireEmily said... (7/26/10 9:35 PM) Reply
That is a beautiful dress and your daughter looks very happy. I love all the trim and the fabric combinations!
RLL said... (7/26/10 2:05 PM) Reply
So incredibly adorable.....both dress and child!
Aroura said... (7/26/10 11:50 AM) Reply
What a pretty little dress, on such a pretty little girl!
Dynamo said... (7/26/10 9:47 AM) Reply
That's adorable, and your work is beautiful.
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