My dress Frau Fannie (Miss Fannie) from German pattern designer duo Fritzi Schnittreif turned out to be a real „souvenir“ project! Souvenir No 1 was the actual sewing pattern. I bought the paper pattern during a trip to Vienna. I was lucky enough to be able to spend an entire day looking around the city’s fabric shops, and at the gorgeous store Stoffsalon I found Frau Fannie in a box with indie sewing patterns. I had already seen a couple blog posts on the dress, and especially fell in love with MadeByMiri’s winter version – so I had to take the pattern back home with me!
I found the matching fabric as souvenir No 2 a couple of months later, while visiting Berlin for a weekend. I had bullied my husband into a quick „fabric stop“ at the local store „Frau Tulpe“, and came across a sewn-up version of Frau Fannie there. And right next to it, there was this beautiful, grey and pink quilted sweatshirt fabric from Cherrypicking fabrics. Grey! And pink! And glitter! Can fabric get any better??? (Is it obvious that I have a thing for pink? ;-)) Back at home, I united my Vienna and my Berlin souvenir to make my very own Frau Fannie version – et voilà!
The pattern is designed for a height of 1,64m at size S, so I took away 3cm each in the bodice and the skirt, and I also shortened the sleeves by 6cm. After measuring the pattern, I decided to grade between size S at the waist and size M at the hip, and I did a 3cm sway-back adjustment. Frau Fannie has a seam line in the center back of the bodice, so you could also make changes there, but I just like my version of sway back adjustment (taking out the full measurement at the center back waist seam and then tapering out towards the sides) and stuck with it. The quilted fabric gave me hell while sewing – fluff and glitter all over the place! When I made Frau Fannie, I didn’t have my overlocker yet, so finishing the seams to avoid the quilting to spill out was quite tedious… But apart from that, Frau Fannie is a quick sew. I chose a pink jersey for the front parts of the pockets, in order to reduce bulk, and that worked out nicely.
On a whim, I then decided to turn around the neck band and use the pink backside as a splash of colour. And lucky that was, because when I tried on the finished dress, it looked like a grey sack – the pink at the neckline made it a little happier, but it still looked terrible. The grading at the hips made the skirt stand out all weirdly, and the shape was TOTALLY unflattering. I was soooo disappointed! It was my husband who came to my rescue with one of his random sewing insights (isn’t it weird when your non-sewing, non-fashion interested partner sometimes throws out REALLY solid sewing advice??). He gave it one look and told me that the dress needed some definition at the waist, and that I should just attach a pink belt. I cut a narrow strip from the fabric’s pink selvedge and attached it by hand – and just like that, the dress looked nice!
And it is sooo comfortable, think secret pyjamas! So comfortable in fact, that I wore it straightaway to my sewing weekender at Lake Starnberg. Steffi from Sewrender took the pictures there – and while I normally don’t like switching photo backgrounds in one post, I thought this time I‘d take you on a little trip around Lake Starnberg and our hostel there. Fitting for a souvenir Frau Fannie! Let’s get down to the Flying Needle sewing blog summary:
Pattern: Frau Fannie by Fritzi Schnittreif (available only in German, but there a lot of pictures in the instructions, so language shouldn’t be a problem)
Fabric: quilting sweat shirt fabric by Cherrypicking, bought at Frau Tulpe
Changes made: shortened bodice and skirt by 3cm each, shortened sleeves by 6cm, graded between size S and size M at waist and hip and did a 3cm sway back adjustment
Summary: After attaching the belt, I really like my Frau Fannie. I already cut out a second version, this time omitting the size grading between waist and hip. I’ll keep you updated on how that goes!
What about you? Have you tried any patterns by Fritzi Schnittreif yet? If so, what is your take on them?