Robe Felicity – Jennifer Lauren Vintage
A few months ago, in the middle of Canadian winter, Jennifer Lauren (blogger and pattern designer for Jennifer Lauren Vintage) wrote me an email to offer me her latest pattern, the Felicity dress, for a review on the blog. I had never done anything like this before, but when I saw the dress and the pictures, I said yes straight away. I had to tell Jennifer that I will not be able to make/show the dress on my blog for a few months at least, as seasons in Canada and New-Zealand are completely the opposite!
I’ve made this dress a few weeks ago already, but it has been pouring rain for at least a month almost every day and I couldn’t find a nice day and time to wear it and photograph it. As the sun was back during the week-end (and now gone again), I took the opportunity to wear it and show it to you.
The Felicity dress is a vintage style dress that I really like. The bust is made in two pieces at front and back, and it has a gathered neckline, it’s sleveless, and proposes two skirts options : a gathered skirt or a circle skirt with visibles pockets.
It was the first time that I was trying a pattern from this brand. I bought the Bronte top earlier this year but haven’t found the perfect fabric to try it. There are quite a lot of pages to print between the instructions and the pattern, but depending on which version you make, you don’t have to print and tape them all together which is so nice! Basically you tape the bust part, and then the skirt one etc, without having to tape them all together and use the entire floor of your kitchen!
Regarding the size, I chose the size 8, as I was between the 6 and 8 in the sizing charts and I wanted to be comfy. I didn’t have to reduce it in the end, the fit is perfect and not too tight. I followed the instructions from the beginning to the end. One thing I can tell you for sure, and I’ll be completely honest, is that I’ve been very impressed with the high quality of the instructions. I’ve never had a pattern so well explained, and so clear. Every step is precisely explained, with a drawing every time, and it’s impossible not to understand. On top of that, Jennifer added some “notes” or “options” on some of the step like “should you sew the seam allowance of the bust-skirt at the bottom or the top” and it is very interesting. Don’t be afraid not to understand because there is a high work behind these instructions.
As you can guess, I didn’t have any difficulties to sew this dress! The neckline and the armholes are finished with a bias. The only thing I would say is that, having a visible bias at the armholes (compared to invisible one) makes it always showing off on me. Apart from that, everything went completely fine.
Regarding the fabric, I thought for a long time about what I could use. Remember that the front of the bust (and the back obviously) is in two parts, so if you use plaid for example, you absolutely need to match it! I really like this white fabric I ordered a few months ago from the shop Pretty Mercerie, but the problem with white is that I knew I couldn’t wear it until at least june. But as the hearts are really small, I didn’t have to work on matching the fabric … so I went for this one! And I really love white dresses for summer. When I started to work with this fabric, I found it a bit strange for a cotton : it feels a bit like a table cloth if you see what I mean. In the end, I really liked to work with this fabric, as it was very thin, easy to sew, it doesn’t stick to the body, and most important : it’s absolutely not transparent! I actually wear a dark bra under this dress, and you can’t really see it am I right?! A very nice surprise.
I wasn’t sure about the gathered neckline on me at first and I was afraid to be a bit disappointed. In the end, when I tried it on for the first time, I really loved it!!! This dress is very comfy, pocket are exactly at the right place, and I love the style. I’m completely in love with it, and I’m sure that a second version will pop up later on in the summer!
Have a nice week everyone!
Pattern : Felicity dress – Jennifer Lauren Vintage
Size : 8
Fabric : Hearts Cotton – Pretty Mercerie
** Disclaimer : I was not compensated for this post, although I did receive the fabric for free. Jennifer Lauren sent me the pattern for free too in exchange for a review. All the opinions expressed in this post are mine and sincere.