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Fen Pattern: Allison's Gauze-licious Fen

Allison Sheldon has been working here for a while now and we love her style. We were thrilled that she was as excited as we are about Fen - check out this beautiful dress she made!

Pattern: Fen by Amber Corcoran for Fancy Tiger Crafts
Version: View B with round neck and dropped hem
Size Made: 4
Fabric: reversible double gauze (sadly sold out)
Modifications: I used the “wrong side" of my fabric as the right side for a unique pocket detail and neckline facing. I like that the pockets look like little crescent moons.

For my first Fen, I wanted to choose a fabric that would be very wearable and could be worn in all seasons. I tend to wear a lot of black so when I laid eyes on this black and white japanese double gauze, I knew it was the one. The texture and drape of this fabric are fabulous. It was breathable and comfy in the summer time, yet heavy enough to transition through the seasons. The double gauze is also one of my favorite fabrics to sew with. It’s wonderfully soft and sticks to itself for easy sewing!

I really enjoyed learning a new technique for finishing the neckline. Making my own bias and using the twin needle as a finishing technique makes for very professional looking garments! I’ll be finishing many more of my garments with twin needles in the future thanks to the Fen!

I truly just love every detail of the Fen, from the shape of the pockets, to the higher waistline and sloping hem, I feel like Amber designed the dress I’ve been dreaming of! I can’t wait to make more. I’ve been dreaming of several new Fens. Pendleton Wool Shirting?! Nani Iro Double gauze?! A chambray? Those fricking beautiful Japanese linen sheetings?!? or a Fen top out of those see-through Japanese linens? UGH! Basically I want all the Fens in all the fabrics.

I love my Fen and I wear it frequently. I’ve been wearing it with a belt and sandals in the warmer months, but I can’t wait to flaunt my Fen in fall with tights, boots, and some hand knits.

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