Finished: Jennifer Lauren Vintage Felicity Dress2:22 PM
Pattern Test Review*
You may have noticed it's been a while since my last post (over a year!). Things, health, life, got in the way. But, while I haven't been blogging, I have been creating! In fact, it was necessary ;). During my unplanned hiatus, I had the opportunity to be a pattern tester for Jennifer Lauren's new dress release, which has since been named Felicity.
|I choose view 1 - a perfectly swishy 3/4-circle skirt|
With the first glace at the line drawings, I knew this was going to be a great dress. It's vintage inspired, of course, as all Jennifer's designs are but, it wasn't over the top. The little details make it easy to put either a vintage or a modern spin on it. The subtle shaping of the armscye in particular caught my attention. It's slight, but it's clear this dress was made to be sleeveless, rather than a dress with removed sleeves. Always a good sign for the drafting. The pattern overall was very well done and Jen was great about receiving and responding to feedback so even the tiniest of issues were addressed before the official pattern was released. Actually, testing for her was a breeze! I should also note that, while Jen doesn't use symbols to assist with pdf assembly, this one is the easiest I've put together.
|I changed the grainline of the pocket piece to allow for print matching.|
This was my first Art Gallery fabric purchase and I quickly understood the hype. It was a dream to work with. Though voile is notably less stable than other cottons, it cut and sewed much like normal. Of course, I used a smaller needle and adjusted my tension for the thinness but, it went through both my regular machine and serger perfectly. (A little hint: I'd recommend using a mesh tape zipper with the voile if you can find one.) It's also wears beautifully! It feels almost like a silk/cotton blend and is so light and airy, it feels almost scandalously minimal ::blush::, which is a godsend for summer here in Georgia (it was 93F when we took these photos!). I can easily see this dress being in regular rotation through August... and I may just need a darker voile version for the early fall :)
I highly recommend both this pattern and the Art Gallery voiles. Now, time to catch up on the rest of my posts ;)
Happy sewing! x
*Full disclosure: I received a pre-release version of this pattern in exchange for my honest feedback. No blog post was required and all opinions are my own.