Heirloom lace dress for Nancy Famosa and Wellies

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I have a VERY special pattern for you today!  It’s suited for intermediate seamstresses who live somewhere so hot they just want to close the curtains, crank up the AC and sew for a few hours. 😉 That’s actually not me…the weather has been really pleasant up here so far this summer aside from some hail and a few days in the upper 80s, and we’ve never had this much rain that I remember, so the wildflowers are just incredible.

OK, back to the dress!  It’s shown above on a repro Nancy Famosa “Romántica” but the dress is inspired by Nancy “Caribe” from maybe 20 years ago (not sure – please comment if you know).  I’m just in love with this new Nancy, who has a gorgeous warm brown skin tone and sparkling turquoise eyes (they photographed a little on the greener side here).  Her hair feels softer than some of my other Nancys, so it may be they’ve used a different/higher quality hair for this one. 

  I know Nancy is not all that easy to find in the US, so before you start wondering who else it will fit…

Yep!  Even though they’re about 3” shorter, the Wellies have a very similar torso and arm to Nancy and can wear this dress too!   It would be a precious little flower girl or first communion dress for them, or use colored lace and a print fabric for a more modern/everyday look.  The dress is ankle-length on Nancy, and floor length on the Wellies, although changing the length on a rectangular skirt is no problem.

Get the pattern free here

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Speaking of the Wellies, I got a number of emails asking if the mini Maru collection would fit them.  I actually didn’t think so, but it turns out I was wrong!  The raglan T sleeves are a little tight, but otherwise all of the shirts and dresses fit them just fine as you can see here:

The 13″ size pants are too small, but there are similar (free!) elastic waist Wellie pants here: https://jenwrenne.files.wordpress.com/2016/07/wellie-jammies.pdf and their size of the Versatility pants is here:

If that makes you change your mind about whether to purchase the collection, or you missed it the first time, you are in luck! 

My etsy shop is participating in their Labor Day sale and this weekend EVERYTHING is 20% off, no minimum purchase or coupon code required! 

Happy long weekend of sewing! 🙂

5 responses »

  1. Lovely dress! I love the style and how you got inspiration from 2 different Nancy dresses (you made a lovely mix of both!). Thank you for sharing the pattern! I’m glad it fits the Wellie Wishers as well (then maybe also the H4H dolls that I ususally sew for!). The tutorial for the heirloom sewing looks very easy to follow…
    It looks like you kept all the rain for yourself, as here in the east, we barely had some and everything is very dry!

  2. Jennie, do we need to draft our own sleeve pattern for this lovely need dress or was it just an accidental omission?Marian Peoples, a faithful follower.

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