This is my second JLV Felicity dress, to be honest whilst I like my first one, I don’t wear it very often as the rayon creases so badly. I feel so self conscious about having such wrinkly clothes. However the fit was so good that I had to make it again.
This version is in a lovely double gauze that I picked up in Japan late 2014. It is the most amazing fabric to wear, so cool and floaty I wish I had bought loads more. Guess it’s another excuse to go back to Japan huh?
Anyway back to the dress, I combined the bodice of the Felicity with the skirt of M6503, my go to, not fabric hungry skirt. I did keep the pockets of the Felicity though as these are just the perfect size and depth.
I didn’t have enough fabric to make self bias binding so I opted to use store bought white bias.
After seeing Jennifer’s recent post on ways to finish a bias neckline, I liked the idea of the little bow with the bias trim and chose to add this with a dome closure to finish the top of the zip in a cute way.
You may have noticed this fabric wrinkles a little too, but these pics were taken having worn the dress a few times so its not too bothersome. Besides the double gauze can be forgiven for any faults, it feels too amazing for me to care!
I have some 1″ turquoise gingham that I think would look amazing in this pattern – what do you think, too twee or age inappropriate?
Recently I was privileged to have the opportunity to test the latest Jennifer Lauren Vintage Felicity dress. I love the aesthetic of JLV, the nod to vintage designs with great details but very wearable and not at all costume-y.
The Felicity dress is no exception, it has no bodice darts, instead it has lovely gathering that sits above the bust and I think at a flattering level, rather than right on the bust (which just adds unnecessary bulk). Jennifer drafts for a D cup and so has really given the design a lot of thought for the more busty of us!
The neck and armholes are finished with bias binding which I love as it creates a tidy finish inside and out. I chose to make my own as I wanted the matchy look – I used my cheat method of a metal ruler with my rotary cutter. My ruler is the exact width of bias strips so this is a super fast way to do it as I only cut what I need and seldom require a join.
It does have small back neck darts though which you hardly ever see on modern patterns these days. I find these really help the fit of the back and prevent any gaping around the back zipper. Speaking of the zipper, I did have some issues with mine. My fabric seems to want to stretch a little and it was almost like the zip is too heavy for the fabric and so it wanted to stick out all horribly. I fixed this by taking the back in a little and lengthening the back darts to take out the excess fabric. FYI – my muslin I did first in a cotton did not have this issue at all, so I 100% blame my fabric, which still feels amazing so I am not bearing a grudge!
I made the dress in a very light, floral, floaty rayon (bought at Darn Cheap Fabrics in Melbourne last year) and whilst it is a bit creasy, it is amazing to wear.
Whilst this is a PDF and I know not everyone is keen on these, JLV really thinks through the process and has the pattern laid out so you print the bare minimum of pages for your view option. There is no layering of the pieces, so tracing is not required. It was a million times better organized than my recent Tessuti debacle.
I chose the three quarter skirt option instead of the gathered option. Perhaps not the easiest option with my fabric as it dropped a lot at the sides and despite hanging it for several days before hemming, still doesn’t look perfect. It is straight, but depending on how I stand, really affects how it looks. I hemmed with the narrowest rolled hem that I could.
The JLV instructions are very clear and well illustrated and to further support this, a sewalong starts tomorrow! I am definitely making another Felicity dress, in fact my fabric is pre-washed and ready to go!
Disclaimer – I was given this pattern to test. Jennifer asked that I blog the dress if I wanted to and to offer my real opinion. Those that know me, know that I’m not one for mincing words or sugar coating things. If I like something, I say so, if I don’t I’m not one for keeping quiet either 🙂