A new dress by Sofilantjes* is always a celebration. This time it is a dress perfect for the holiday season coming up. The ferias tunic and dress is a beautiful dress with colour blocking lines (which I was lucky enough to test) but also has a simple version.
The eyecathers of this pattern are the lovely v-shaped back and the sleeves. I love the colour blocking lines on the front and the back. It does make picking out fabrics a challenge. For both dresses it took me some time and some advice from my husband to choose fabrics. Not only choosing fabrics that match, but also which fabric is going where. I chose for both dresses to use four different fabrics. The more the better in my opinion. Of course you can also use just two or three fabrics. Look at all the different version that people made to make up your mind what you like best.
A time consuming job for this dress is blending between sizes. Because the (colour blocked version) has many different pattern pieces you need to change all of them when you blend between sizes. If you make the simple version of the dress there are fewer pieces. Still the result is definitely worth it. And because the bodice of the dress is lined your kid doesn’t notice all the different seams from the colour blocked bodice.
Like most sofilantjes patterns this dress has many different options. As I already mentioned a simple and a colour block bodice, 3 different length sleeves, 2 different lengths (tunic or dress) and two different skirts (gathered or half circle skirt). The Ferias tunic and dress can also be mixed with the skirts of the Regina, Vallis, Solis, Festum, Risu, Montis or Litore. Not with the Optimum. There is also a tips section included in the pattern to made the dress even more festive for the holiday season. For example to add a ruffle to the colour blocking or a lace strip to the bottom of the skirt. This is really a tunic or dress you can dress up or down.
The first version I sewed, the yellow dress (which was slightly adapted during testing) was made with the half circle skirt and with pockets. For this dress I used the same fabric for the middle part of the colour blocking and the skirt. The dark blue fabric is bamboo jersey. This was the first time for me to use it. It works great for skirts as it flows nicely, however, I did not like sewing with it. Because it is so flowy it moves underneath my sewing machine and even with my coverlock I had to figure out how to sew a nice hem. I don’t think I will use bamboo jersey again.
Fabric: Blue dress: scribble jersey coral from Megan Blue, Yellow dress: Mille Fleur jersey ochre from Megan Blue, both from de Stoffenstraat.
Pattern: Ferias tunic and dress (Nederlands patroon) by Sofilantjes
Sizing: 60 – 164 (12M – 14Y)
Options: 2 bodice options (colourblocked or simple), 3 sleeve options, 2 skirt options (half circle skirt or gathered) and 2 length options (tunic or dress)
Difficulty: Advanced beginner to intermediate
# Fabric this week: 0 in – 8 out (Total fabric in 2020: bought 96 new fabric – used 147 fabric – 41 scrap pieces – 11 gifted fabric) – in total 96 in 147 out
# Patterns in 2020: 14 in – 19 out
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