I have been itching to get my hands on this pattern, the latest from Studio Tantrum. It’s the Feliz party dress and it just looks like such a fun pattern. When my friend Dawn started raving about it, I knew it would be a hit with me, too, since the two of us are pretty in sync when it comes to sewing.
I was not disappointed.
I had this dress cut and sewn in about an hour. My biggest challenge was finding two coordinating fabrics with enough yardage. The under dress requires a little more than a yard; I usually only buy about a yard of anything I sew for L because she’s so petite. I actually have a striped coordinate for the floral fabric but only a scant yard of it — and no hoping and rearranging of pattern pieces was going to make it magically long enough. Good thing I had so much of this polka dot (which I loooove); it’s a perfect match and really makes the orange pop.
The only thing I’m less-than-happy about is the elastic panel in the back of the underdress. The little miss was still asleep so I just winged it on the elastic. It’s turned out a little too roomy. It’s OK; I’ll adjust it next time. And it gives her a little growing room so she can wear it next summer as a longer top.
Actually that’s one of the things I think is cool about the pattern — it definitely grows with your child. It can be worn as a dress one year, a top the next and the designer says the straps can be removed and it worn as a skirt to get another year’s use out of it.
I’m going to cut and sew another one after dinner to send to my niece as a birthday gift, and I have a few more in mind for my sweetie with more fall transitional fabrics. Or maybe some of the summer ones I still haven’t gotten around to sewing.