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|Reviewed by:||Ghainskom|| |
|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:
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.
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 à 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.
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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