Fen and Flannel

Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou Frou Frocks and Frou FrouDress: DIY from Fancy Tiger Crafts pattern

Tights: Woolen Goods

Shoes: Gorman

Flannel’s nice, huh? Flannel PJs, flannel sheets. There’s just something about it that suggests warmth, comfort, lazy winter days. It’s definitely an indoor fabric, or at least that’s what I thought until I saw this brushed cotton from Japanese fabric designer Nani Iro.

It has the lovely soft hand-feel and warmth of a regular flannel, but the composition is 100% cotton and the elegant floral print ensures the dress looks more like a watercolour painting than a nightie.

It’s the second Fen dress that I’ve made using my new(ish) Fancy Tiger Crafts dress pattern. The first, made from a hemp-cotton linen, has been one of my favourites for months.

In deference to the chiller weather this flannel Fen dress has sleeves which (to be honest) I’m a little on the fence with. The pattern is already so boxy that the extra volume around the arms just seems to nudge it into OTT territory.

More successful was the piping that I added to the pockets:

Frocks and frou frouI haven’t used piping before, but it turns out it’s hilariously easy and adds just the right amount of definition to the low scooped pockets. I like it. I want to add piping to alllllll my pockets now.

6 thoughts on “Fen and Flannel

  1. I like the fabric of this one – very cozy looking! I know the dress is not meant to ‘fit’ per se, but I wonder if making one size down and doing an FBA to correct would get a better result? Esp across the shoulders – your neckline is drooping so perhaps the shoulders/neckline are a bit too wide for you?

    • The bodice is one whole piece (the sleeves aren’t separate) so I’m not entirely sure I’d know how to do an FBA – will have to suss it out with one of my more confident sewist friends! Thanks for the suggestion though – the shoulders do seem a bit too wide (though it might be my slopey shoulders too)

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