Saturday, May 28, 2016

Felicity top and dress release



Bellasunshine*, the designer that made this awesome fitting women's dress pattern, has recently released the Felicity top and dress pattern*. I was among the lucky testers. The pattern contains a top and dress length, optional ruffles, pin tucks or gathered front and either shirred or elastic back. So, quite some options. On a sidenote, I want to congratulate Lauren S. on winning the give away from my 200 followers post. You can email me within 10 days on inspinration(at)gmail.com to claim your prize.



I tested the pin tuck front on a top length with shirred back. You know I have a weak spot for shirring right? I just love how easy it is to do and what an awesome effect it gives. If you are a bit afraid of the process or own a Brother (those machines seem to be the only ones that do not make shirring easy), the elastic back is a great alternative. The shirred back fitted perfectly from the start.



I managed to screw up the pin tucks twice, but both times I managed to safe the situation. In the top that I am showing you first, I somehow pleated the tucks such that the whole thing ended up further from the middle than they should have been. I solved it by ironing the pink tucks inward, instead of outwards. This way the view is very similar. The first mistake I made with the pin tucks, was on an earlier version. There was a slight error in the tutorial, which caused the pin tucks to end up at the inside of the garment. This is where testing is for, now in the final version it is clear as rain.



I did not feel like unpicking the first try of the pin tucks and decided to turn it into a dress. After I realized that the pin tucks had to be on the outside, I went for an uni colored fabric, which shows of the pin tucks best. Initially, I had chosen striped fabric because I felt that fitted the hidden pleats nicely, so I was curious to see how it would look finished. It turned out, I did not have enough fabric to properly finish the dress. I ran out of fabric for the bottom ruffle, so just look at the examples of the website*, how the ruffle version should look. I might remove the bottom ruffle, but even I won't the dress will be worn a lot this summer any way. 



You have to be a patient and precise sewist for those pin tucks, so if you are like me, you will be happy to see that just gathering the front also gives an awesome result. The turquoise fabric was an inexpensive sheet cover that we used as Fatboy cover, before I sewed this new one. The red and white stripes, I bought a long ago to make this type of project. Futures change though. 



The Felicity* is on special release price for $5.95. Due to it being Memorial day coming Monday, all patterns have a 30% discount in the web shop. So, if you were considering buying that women's dress pattern*, this is a very good moment to buy it.


Feel free to leave a comment in the language you prefer (although Google translate might have to assist me if you choose something different than English, German, Dutch or Hungarian). If you buy anything through my affiliate links (*), I get a small commission (the price stays the same for you), I am very grateful for everything that feeds my fabric addiction.

12 comments:

  1. Oh, plooitjes... het lijkt me zoveel werk... doe mij maar rimpels :)
    Trouwens, het is een groot misverstand dat je op een brother niet kan smokken! Ik schreef er ooit een blogpost over. Het is niet eens zo moilijk, je moet alleen een schroevendraaiertje hebben ;)

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    1. Ik was net na ik deze publiceerde op je site en zag het staan aan de rechterzijde inderdaad!

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    2. Heb ook een brother en las het ook van t niet kunnen smocken. Ooit kwam ik tegen dat het wél kon, mits je van binnen ging draaien aan dingen waar je eigenlijk niet aan mag komen, toch?! Want dan begin ik er helaas toch maar niet aan..en t lijkt me zo tof, zeker als ik je fotos nu weer zie!

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    1. Die rode heb ik dus mijn twijfels over, maar. Die top ben ik heel tevreden mee.

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  3. Oh, zo mooi met dat smockwerk achteraan! Ook allemaal op het zicht gedaan? ;)

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    1. Smokwerk moet eigenlijk helemaal op zicht, echt iets voor mij dus ;)

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  4. prachtig!!! De bovenste is mijn favoriet, maar ze zijn allebei heel mooi!!!

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  5. PRACHTIG zomergerief! Waar is de zon???!!!

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  6. oh deze zijn ook al zo prachtig!

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