Fancy Tiger Fen Dress 2
After my first Fancy Tiger Fen Dress, I made a second in such quick succession that I may not have turned off my machine in between. Then in my end of year hype/stupor I boldly promised to do a post on my second Fen…and it went no further. Time – you are not my friend. AND while I’m here confessing: I usually try to take a few photos before I wear a fresh make into the wild, but not this time. I had end of year fun things to attend, and it was just too hard to resist slipping on a new dress. So here I am in last year’s dress (looking so 2016), which has already had a lot of wear in 2017, as has my other Fen. I really do love these dresses.
I’m not the only one with a Fen thing happening. In the heart of that December chaos I managed to sneak off on a craft camp weekend, and packed one of my Fens, plus the pattern, with the thought that perhaps someone would like to try it on. So I’m guilty of enabling six new Fen dresses with two more in progress. They’re slowly taking over Melbourne – quietly confirming my little theory that this is a super flattering dress that suits a bunch of different body shapes.
So let’s talk fabric. Ahhh, the fabric. Sometimes I order fabric online and when it arrives I feel disappointed. The cloth I imagined was different. Perhaps the pattern is more muted in real life, or the quality a bit disappointing or the feel and drape not quite right. But not this time. This fabric from Miss Matatabi is dreamy and totally surpassed my expectations. It’s a cotton/rayon lawn and is very lightweight with the perfect drape for a summer dress. I love the green, black and blush colour combination, and it comes in three other colourways (here, here and here) that could be even better (I had a tough time choosing).
The male opinion in my house kindly informed me it looks like dazzle camouflage . This is a new to me pattern fact – it’s a historical military pattern that disguises and obscures shape. I like to think it does exactly that on my dress: it dazzles your eye away from any detail of my figure underneath. Excellent. No complaining here.
There’s not much new to say about the making of this dress that I didn’t say the first time: the only changes I made to version two was a straight hem rather than the shirt hem (I figured the fabric was busy enough) and I lifted the underarm to make the sleeves slightly smaller. All other pattern adjustments I made for my previous black Fen are the same on this dress: a higher, narrower neckline; a lengthened bodice; shortened sleeves; and a larger skirt size for a touch more gather.
This might just be my very favourite dress to wear and sew. So quick. So comfortable. Could this pattern turn a pant-loving girl into a dress wearer? I have a feeling that in 2017 anything is possible!