Fen in the Botanical Gardens
Spring got away from me, and technically summer did too… but as it was still very warm in Melbourne in mid March, Fen was the perfect dress for a sewing garden party. The invitation to the Sew Melbourne Garden Party read:
Sew your prettiest dress and come and join us for a lovely picnic in the park. Hosted at the Stapley Pavilion in Kings Domain, the Sew Melbourne Garden Party is the newest event on the sew-cial calendar. Pack yourself a picnic and join us for a wonderful day full of sartorial splendour, games and old-fashioned frivolity.
My vision for the event was to make a maxi length Fen Dress. As this was a new-to-me pattern and a new-to-me style, I decided a toile was in order.
Boy do toiles give you a load of information. A maxi length Fen looked average on me, pinned to a midi it was frumpy and, low and behold, showing some leg felt very me! I therefore reverted to the skirt pattern pieces as drafted and opted for the high low hem.
My toile also showed that I would benefit from sizing down. To keep the waist in the position of my toile, I measured the difference between the size 6 and size 8 bodice lengths and added 3/8″ (1 cm) to the size 6 at those very helpful shorten/lengthen lines. Too easy!
With the bodice length modification, a minor bringing-in of the neckline (approx 3/8″ or 1cm on each shoulder seam), the gentle waist shaping (front and back waist darts), pockets and an awesome printed viscose, Fen and I are great friends.
True to form, my Fen was sewn at the last minute. My excuse was… I had two dresses to make for the Sew Melbourne Garden Party. Sharon, my bestie and talented Blogless Anna photographer, attended too. I sewed Sharon a gorgeous (if I do say so myself!) purple linen dress ( here and here) based on a favourite RTW dress of hers.
Pattern: Fancy Tiger Craft’s Fen Dress
Fabric: Viscose from Rathdowne Fabrics
Alterations: Added 3/8″ (1cm) to the bodice length, reduced the width of the neckline by 3/8″ (1 cm) on each shoulder seam and stabilised the pocket openings
Accessories: Antique beads and shoes from Siricco (purchased several years ago)
Location: Botanical Gardens, Melbourne