Well, hello there, folks!
It’s been a while!
I actually have been sewing, just not too into taking photos lately…. I plan to, and then another week passes me by…. yeah, a little lazy about that, I suppose!
However, I have been busy with household stuff and sorting/cleaning at my grandparents’ house. I’ve found some interesting things, which is odd, as I’ve always been one to look through everything over there and was a very inquisitive child. It’s good to know that there are still surprises!
I want to thank everyone for your kind words on my last post. We laid my grandma to rest last weekend with little fanfare as were her wishes. We had a nice private burial with close family, nice words and beautiful flowers.
I’ve also been planning for an upcoming trip to New England. I was looking through my genealogical research and marking places I wanted to go. I used to travel to NH quite often when my great-grandmother was alive, but haven’t been back since in the 90’s, so it will be awesome to take my husband to my family’s ancestral home in Manchester. My family started settling in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1600’s (some also traveled to the area in the late 1500’s) and includes founders and patriots and I’m planning on visiting some historical places that have more meaning to me now that I know more about my ancestors who lived there. I’ve always known about my colonial relations and have been quite in depth studying the people in my family tree and tracing lines back for centuries. I stopped doing it for a couple of years as it started getting tedious going back that far. And then the other day I found some new links on a line I hadn’t yet followed and found a Salem “witch” on it! Oh, how I wish I knew that when I was in middle school studying the colonies! It’s vastly more interesting to me than all of the lords and ladies and clergymen and sheriff’s on my tree. 🙂
Anyway…. if you happen to be in Boston, Manchester, Portsmouth, Cape Cod or anywhere in between — drop me a line! Perhaps we can meet up for ice tea or something! I tell you what though, I’m really looking forward to proper lobster rolls and have been salivating about it for the many months we’ve been thinking about this trip…. My husband’s family is also from New England and he has never been there! Boy, he’s going to have a good time! 🙂
I know, I’m here to talk about sewing….. I didn’t label this post “My Upcoming New England Trip”, did I?
This is my latest favorite dress: The Felicity Dress by Jennifer Lauren.
Jennifer asked me a couple of months ago if I’d like to make and review this dress. I jumped at the chance, but really didn’t think I’d be as in love with it as I am. I honestly am not sure how new designs are going to look on me until I make them, and this one is a dress that I am now having a love affair with.This dress has a gathered neckline with exposed binding, yoke pockets and the option of a circle or gathered skirt. I chose the gathered skirt version to make mine and opted not to expose my bias tape and instead, turned it under. I also put in an invisible zip rather than the suggested lapped zipper.
My fabric is a navy embroidered anchor print cotton from Joann’s. I should have been paying attention to where the anchors were when I cut out the bodice or taken the ones on the seam allowance out as there are a couple that look a little strange sewn together on the front center seam. It doesn’t bother me and I *could* adjust the gathers on the bodice if I cared to. I apparently didn’t care to in these photos, so there ya go…
This pattern goes up to a size 24 in Jen’s new expanded size range. I cut about a 22/24, grading between sizes to fit my measurements. I added about an inch to the skirt and did a slight swayback adjustment. I didn’t have to do much more as I’m happy with the fit and I absolutely love wearing this dress. I’ve probably worn it three times now. It’s an easy, cool, comfortable dress and I’m looking forward to sewing up another one soon. I actually have a Japanese linen waiting in the wings for this!
As always, Jen’s instructions are spot on and easy to follow. The PDF went together well and this was a great dress to sew. The only issue I had was the amount of fabric suggested on the pattern. It says to use 1.65 yards for 45″ width fabric. I thought that seemed a bit low for the yardage needed, but thought with the gathered skirt and the front bodice piece being two pieces, that maybe it could be squeezed out. Well…. I purchased 2 yards to be safe and went to lay out my pattern pieces and there wasn’t enough fabric. Thankfully, I purchased this fabric at Joann’s and was able to go back and get some more. It takes more like 2.5 yds for this dress in my size.
This is definitely on my list for a couple more! Love it! <3
Note: I received this pattern in return for a review. These are my honest opinions.
Anchors away, friends!
- Dress: Jennifer Lauren Felicity dress in navy embroidered anchor cotton, made by me
- Belt: Amazon
- Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens Heart sandals
- Earrings: Luxulite
- Sunglasses: Modcloth