Felicity & Opal Mashup – A Tutorial
I’m back this week to show you how to transition another summer pattern into fall. This week I’ve combined Felicity and Opal for the sweetest fall look. The micro ruffles of Felicity pair so perfectly with the ruffled wrap skirt of Opal. I chose to double up on the wrap skirt of Opal and could not love the results more. Hopefully, you love this look too!
To begin I created my Felicity bodice. I used a crochet lace trim over the micro ruffles at the neckline and sleeves for added vintage charm. I also added a faux bib to the front of the bodice. To create the faux bib I cut a rectangle 2.5″ x height of the bodice. Then I cut a neckline ruffle piece in half and added it to the sides of my faux bib. Finally, I topstitched the faux bib to the front center of the bodice and added two micro star buttons along the top center in a coordinating plum color.
Designer tip: If you want to add contrast between your bodice and skirt then you can always create and add your own piping. Check out this tutorial on how to make/add piping. I also added fabric covered snaps to the back of my bodice using the same solid plum fabric as my skirt ruffles. I have a tutorial on how to do that too! You can find it here.
I changed things up just a tiny bit with the Opal skirt. Instead of creating a faux wrap skirt, I created a double wrap skirt. First, I cut a mirror image of the wrap skirt pattern piece. This gave me a left and right side wrap piece. I cut the back piece of my skirt according to the fabric cutting chart. I then sewed the left and right wrap pieces to the sides of the back skirt piece. This will give you one long skirt piece. Next, I cut four ruffle pieces instead of three for extra ruffles and volume. Sew the ruffles to the skirt piece, making sure to distribute the ruffles evenly.
To create a continuous skirt loop, I laid the right wrap piece over the left wrap piece, making sure to leave 2.5″ from the side seam not overlapped. This gave me a slight peak in the center of the skirt for a sweet vintage look. Pin in place and sew two rows of gathering stitches around your skirt. Attach your skirt to your Felicity bodice just as you would attach it if you had made the Opal bodice.
You can see the peak in the front of the skirt here.
That’s it! I just love how this dress came together and it was so perfect for fall photos at our favorite local farm. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. You can find me listed as an admin in the Facebook fan group. I can’t wait to see all of your mashup creations!
Happy fall sewing,