Hello again sewing friends! I hope you all had a good weekend. I am excited to show you my newest Fen dress! After I made my first Fen I was contemplating making one in double gauze with the shirt tail hem. I had a gift card to Jones and Vandermeer and I just could not resist ordering fabric to make the Fen dress of my dreams.
It just so happens that Lizzy House is hosting another dress contest this year and I thought it would be really fun to enter. (Here is the fabric I used.) My dress may not win any prizes but it’s definitely one that will get worn over and over.
This was actually my first time sewing with double gauze. Prior to making this dress I have just been a double gauze hoarder. I have a few cuts of Nani Iro in my stash that I have been a little bit scared to cut into, but now that I know how lovely it is to wear I think I will be able to get over the fear.
I made all of the same fitting changes to this Fen dress that I did with my first one. My only change was to use the shirt tail hem instead of the high low hem. Since I had made all of my mistakes on the first one this one went really quickly. (I was sure to install the neckband as the last step, in case I wanted to make any changes to the shoulder seam allowance.) I did discover that unpicking double gauze isn’t the easiest since the weave is loose and it’s easy to pull the fabric instead instead of the thread. I was glad I only had to unpick a few little things.
It was challenge to do the narrow 1/4″ hems on the sleeves and the hem since the double gauze was fraying a little bit. I made use of my tailors clapper to get a good clean press on the folds. It probably would have been a good idea to use bias tape to hem the dress, especially with the curve of the shirt tail hem.
I love the easy, pull on silhouette of this dress. It’s going to be great on hot days! I adore this whimsical green fabric. Last summer I wanted to make all the blue things and this year I’ve shifted over to wanting to make everything green. Do you every find yourself fixated on one color or do you like to mix it up?