This is my second attempt at this pattern. The first iteration of this pattern is probably my most worn handmade garment ever. Not that you can tell from the crappy photos I took the first go around. The first dress has been worn pretty much all over the country and is still a go-to piece for me. I had purchased this Kokka double gauze cotton from my local independent sewing shop, Fiberge. It is some of the softest stuff I’ve ever laid my hands on. Does it wrinkle like a bitch, yes. Do I care? No. It’ll probably soften up over several washes in regards to it’s wrinkling. I could be wrong though. Either way it’s comfortable and I don’t mind a few well worn wrinkles.
I had originally intended to sew a much shorter blouse version of the Fen, but found I had more fabric than I needed so I lengthened it as much as my yardage would allow. It put it at a kind of awkward tunic or mini dress length. Cute enough to wear with leggings/jeans or over a swimsuit- but I don’t think quite long enough in the front to get away with wearing it sans pants. I might try it anyway depending on how brave I am.
I finished the neckline with self-made bias tape, in a very cute grey and blue check pattern. All the seams are french seams, except the pockets. Given how easily this frays I chose that finish over a serged seam. The pockets seams are pinked, mostly because I have cute scalloped pinking shears. The skirt and sleeves are sleeves are hand rolled hems. I think it’ll hold up pretty well. I still want to make the blouse version of this pattern- I could even do a crop top to stash bust some smaller yardage pieces of fabric I’ve been hoarding.
I think Fen is the closest to a tried and true pattern I have. I think overall I’m just more of a soft fabric, loose silhouette kind of girl. For as much as I love the idea of a cinched, vintage style, waist – I never follow through and wearing the garments I make that have it. I’m not going to sew things I know I won’t wear any longer. I can’t tell you how many pattern testing offers I’ve had to refuse with my new slow sewing philosophy. Sew something you know you’ll love and wear, spend the money on the fabric you want, and take your time adding couture finishes to even simple garments.
A wrap skirt and tunic into this new philosophy so far, and I’m so glad I’ve slowed down to enjoy sewing again.