Another Feliz

This is the second Feliz I promised to make for my friends other daughter. It’s been crazy busy round here but I’m so pleased I have managed to squeeze in making this dress.

Her birthday is the Fourth of July so we decided to go with a red, white and blue theme. I’m no flag waver but it’s a classic combination and makes a lovely, mature dress for a slightly older girl.

Another dull day but this dress needs to go to it’s new owner and I had to grab whatever opportunity I could between the showers.
The overdress is a genuine Farbenmix fabric I bought off Trademe. I have one more metre and would love to try to make an Elodie for Elsa for summer.

I saw this technique of combining bias binding and ricrac on another blog, I forget where, and really wanted to try it out. I did it by sewing a guiding line for the ricrac, then sewing on the ricrac with a straight stitch then putting the bias binding as usual. The ricrac ended up a little high in one spot so I covered it with the ribbon/button feature you can see at the hem. It is something often done on french blogs so must be ‘de rigeuer’!
Umm. Yeah. I went a little ricrac crazy.

I’m kind of wishing that I’d used the matching Miss Liber-T ribbon on the front as well. I do like the stripes, however, and am pleased how they pick up on the stripes in the stars.I used some of the matching ribbon on the back over the top ruffle.

The back is a gorgeous soft, buttery poplin which was on sale at Spotlight. I’m definitely going back for more of this, it is delightful.
I rounded the edges of the overdress side pieces to make the ricrac application easier but I also like the effect.

I like how the matching ribbon ties the overdress to the underdress.

Overall I’m pretty happy with this dress. I think it hits a good balance between being girly enough yet has a little more maturity to it. It’s going to be interesting hitting this balance right for Elsa as she gets older.

Do you have older girls you sew for? How do you mange it or plan to approach it?

Pattern: Farbenmix/Studio Tantrum Feliz
Fabric: Farbenmix Miss Liber-T/spotlight.


Farbenmix Feliz for Elsa

Well. That girl of mine doesn’t forget a promise in a hurry. She kept at me until she had a Feliz party dress all of her own. In my continued ‘use up all the pink fabric before the pink phase passes’ mode, it’s pinkalicious.

Needless to say she loves it and wore it to school as soon as it was finished. Not sure it’s my cup of tea but I’m no pink fan.














The fabrics are heavenly and I’ve had them stashed for a while. The great thing about having a use-up-all-the-pink panic is that it gives me licence to cut into all these delicious fabrics I’ve been hoarding. See, I’m a bit of a fabric scrooge.

Actually that’s a little unfair, it’s a touch more romantic than that. I feel the potential for each piece of fabric and it’s exactly that potential which is really exciting. Will this be trousers, a special dress, a twirly skirt? Dreams if you like. The ones that fabricaholics get while stroking a delightful fabric that’s way out of their price range in the store. I’ve seen other’s out there.  I can recognise that faraway look and almost percetible drooling. And always the compulsive stroking (I think fabric makers call it the ‘hand’). We just smile that secret smile of a shared obsession and move on.

So cutting into a beautiful piece of fabric destroys those dreams – it all becomes concrete – and sometimes the letting go can be so hard. Please tell me you know what I’m talking about?!















No ruffles this time. Just didn’t catch my imagination. The fabric already seemed so busy. No embroidery either, just ribbons and decorative stitches.


This beauty on the front was gifted to me by the lovely Lisa of Crafty mamas. Thanks, Lisa. That’s where the lovely Hilco floral fabric and the stunningly soft Stenzo gingham came from, too.

The sash fabric was a Spotlight special, however, and I’m still not sure it was the right choice.
















I love the Farbenmix ribbons.

I used the sleeve ruffle from Oliver + s Badminton top again. I felt I needed to bring in a little more of the sash fabric somewhere.

Well. Too pink for you, too?

Pattern: Farbenmix Feliz
Fabric: Stenzo gingham /Hilco Flora l/Spotlight Floral


Rainbow Feliz

A friend asked me to make a dress for her daughter’s birthday. She had seen a Farbenmix Feliz I had made for someone else as million years ago and wanted it made in the same pattern.

We nutted out some ideas (whilst facepainting at the school fair) and came up with the theme of rainbows. I’m not huge into rainbows usually, I prefer to limit the colors more than that but it was fun to play with the idea. She didn’t seem to want to give me too much more direction so I was left to do whatever I felt was right. A bit intimidating!

I searched the net for inspiration and came up with this and especially this.

Here it is:















The red dots I picked up at the Op shop. Most of the rest is from the stash. Good job really as the stash just keeps getting bigger!
I’m worried it needs a focal point on the front and may yet add that.















The sleeve detail is from the Oliver + s Badminton top.











The front is in satin ribbons:












I used some decorative stitches around the hemline and added a small ruffle around the overdress. I used bias binding to hem the underdress.

The back is the bit that is really eyecatching, as always with this pattern. I rounded the corners of the overdress to make it easier to add the ruffle all the way up.















And some of the details:































This was a really interesting sew for me as this pattern was the inspiration that started me sewing a few years ago and the first thing I sewed. It seemed so hard and took me a full three weeks to finish. This was done in 2 days. Seems I have made some progress!

Pattern: Farbenmix Feliz.
Modifications: rounded overdress edges. Added length. Moved front straps towards centre. Widened straps and added length. Shoulder ruffle.
Fabrics: Crafty Mamas/local