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Tropical Vacation Dress

What are the first words that enter your mind when you see this lime green Cutspot Fabric? I think Joy. Happiness. Sunny skies. I think Summer days spent frolicking at the beach.

There was no doubt in my mind when I chose this fabric to review that it was to transform into a beach cover up, and when I received the fabric my decision was confirmed. This cotton fabric has a very light touch and is slightly sheer which is perfect for the beach holiday. Just pull it over your swimsuit and you will be ready to strut the poolside or walk the sandy beach!

I chose Butterick B6554 view C which is a wrap dress with shaped hemline and flounce. It's a true wrap dress without the fuss of buttons/ zippers which also makes it the perfect beach cover up. On the illustration it is a midi length; I chose not to shorten the length so it is a full length dress on my short frame and I am happy with my decision.

Although it was my first time making this pattern the instructions and the pattern pieces are very straight forward so it is very a friendly pattern for sewists of all skill levels. My only peeve factor was the very time-consuming process of hemming the flounce pieces but that is being me, it's worth the effort and time.

As I was constructing the bodice, I wondered...yes this fabric is fun, but how about adding some contrast color pompoms? Color me happy! It was a spontaneous inspiration and I debated whether to proceed) with the pompoms or not, but pompoms it was and I am happy I stuck to my instinct.

I simply interspaced the pompoms between the bodice and flounce pattern piece for both the bodice and skirt and voila! Fun factor is exponential! (I used about 9 yards of pompoms for this dress).

The bodice for this pattern calls for a facing piece with interfacing. I am not a big fan of using iron-on interfacing so I tried an experiment with this project. I had nude mesh tulle lying around from a previous project so I superimposed it over the facing piece and quilted it together, 3/8" apart. 

The resulting facing had the stiffness that was comparable to iron-on interfacing and I love that my garment does not have glue products. This, too, is a more time-consuming process that ironing a commercial interfacing but I think I will use this method on my woven fabrics from now on.

I enjoyed working with this fabric; It sews well, felt smooth to the touch and most of all, the color is truly vibrant. There is a myriad of choices of color to choose from so there is a perfect color waiting for you! I also love the whimsy and the texture of the cutspots.

Thank you Minerva Crafts for this opportunity to review your wonderful fabric. I love my new dress and I can't wait to wear it on my next tropical vacation.

Thanks for reading,

Susan @byluciagrace


Jersey Knit Self Drafted Wrap Skirt

I ordered this Jersey Fabric in Black and I was really excited to receive it. Polka dots are really in at the moment so I was excited to see what I should make! I immediately got on Pinterest and started looking in to my options. The fabric is slinky, stretchy, soft to the touch, and has a gorgeous drape to it.

I just had to make something that had a bit of “flow” to it, so I decided on a wrap skirt. Instead of buying a pattern, I drafted one from a wrap skirt I already own.

I bought this skirt from H&M a few years ago, and it has such a flattering shape. Both panels cross over in the front, and the back is full length. When you walk it has a lovely sway to it. I was really excited to replicate this look with polka dots!

The first thing I did was to lay out my original skirt on some pattern drafting paper so that I could draw out my pattern pieces.

A quick tip for you, if you enjoy drafting patterns from your own clothes: in order to get a consistent outline that includes your seam allowance, you can use a bobble or elastic to tie two Sharpies together. You’ll then use the one pen (cap on!) to run along the edge of your clothes, and the other pen (cap off) will draw your pattern line exactly ½ an inch away- magic!

As my skirt would be made up of a back piece, and two identical side panels, I only traced the back and one side panel (which I would use cut two pieces of fabric).

Once the pieces were cut, I lay down the back centre piece right side up, and then lay down the side panels on top, right side down, matching up the straight side seams.

I then stitched a straight line down from the top to the bottom on both sides. The fabric is really a breeze to work with. You should use a good amount of pins to stop the fabric from slipping when you move from cutting to sewing, as you would expect with most slinky fabrics. It sews up really well and I had no problems running it through my machine. Once the side panels were attached, it looked amazing already! I threw it on Jen 2.0, as usual, just to make sure I was happy with the length and fit, so far.

Happy with the fit so far, I hemmed the long raw edge all the way around, leaving only the waistband raw edge.

After that I wanted to cut out a long straight piece of fabric for my waistband and tie. I did have a little trouble keeping the fabric straight in order to cut in a long straight line, so I improvised! I actually had a new roller blind sitting around in the house waiting to go up, so I used that as my guide.

It worked out so well, as I actually needed a piece measuring exactly 180cm in length! Once cut, I then lay that directly on top of the skirt, right sides together, and took that to my machine to stitch one long line across the waist, leaving a small amount of fabric overhang the one side, and a larger amount the other side. This will form the right side of the waist tie.

I then folded all the raw edges inwards, and folded the waistband in on itself again to conceal all the edges.

I then took this to the machine and did a “stitch in the ditch” stitch which delightfully sits (as the name would suggest) in the ditch (ditch, in this case meaning, the join between the skirt section and the waist band). I’m really happy with this finish!

I then needed to whip up a quick long rectangle which would form the other side of my waist tie. I sewed up a quick inside out rectangle, leaving a small gap to turn it right side out. Next, I needed to position the tie so that once tied, it would fall on the left side above my hip. This took some jiggery-pokery, but I managed to mark it out using Jen 2.0.

Once positioned, I attached the tie by laying it with the long end the wrong way (i.e. towards the back panel) so that once I attached this piece, the actual stitching wouldn’t show.

Once I had done this I realised I was really close to being done! I popped it back on Jen 2.0 just to make sure everything worked. After that, I decided that I could do with a little extra sturdiness, so I added some poppers.

And I was done!

Overall I’m super happy with how this skirt has turned out! It’s comfy, flattering, really on-trend, and was actually really easy to whip up! It probably only took me about 2 hours from start to finish. The only thing I wish I had done differently is that I should have accounted for the stretch in the fabric. My original skirt is made from cotton poplin with no stretch, and I made the polka dot skirt to the same size and dimensions but I didn’t account for the stretch! It still fits perfectly, but I probably wouldn’t be able to rely on the waist tie alone to keep the skirt on. Poppers to the rescue! This was definitely an oversight on my part and not a reflection on the fabric itself.

I can’t wait to wear this skirt! 

Feel free to follow me on Instagram for more pics! @jen.elz


Sweater Knit Freya Dress

If you find knit fabrics a little daunting, you can breathe a sigh of relief: Tilly and the Buttons’ second book, Stretch, turns any knit novice into a confident master of all things stretchy.

I've long been a fan of Tilly’s style of dressmaking guides, not least because her patterns and workshops are so informative and very easy to follow. Knowing that whatever you choose to make will be a success, my copy of Stretch was on my sewing table as soon as it published.

The Freya pattern comes in two versions, as a dress with optional frill detail or cowl neck, and as a simple sweater. The frill version received a lot attention, but as the floral pattern of this lovely fabric is already detailed in itself, I didn't feel it needed anything fussy to add to it.

And with only 3 pieces to cut, this pattern is an afternoon make! I went for the dress version and short sleeves (¾ and full length also look nice).

I used a rotary cutter to cut my pieces. This Sweater Fabric is easy to handle and doesn't require a lot of work - after I washing it I ‘rested’ it for a while and then proceeded to cut the pieces ( without ironing!). I don't have any pattern weights, but pins worked fine here.

Sewing the Freya dress didn’t take a lot of time, especially as the seams don’t need to be finished (yay!). I don’t own an overlocker, which wasn’t a problem - and the book offers useful tips on how to sew with a standard sewing machine.

As you can see, the fabric curls slightly at the edges, which doesn’t really pose a problem. The only ‘fiddly’ bit I encountered was inserting the neck piece:

…. And there you have it! Here’s my Freya dress, which can be teamed with skinny jeans or tights for a truly comfortable yet beautiful make:

Thinking of sewing with knits too? Here’s 3 things to consider:

  1. Start with a simple make - my first knit make was in fact way too difficult and resulted in me not going near knits for a long time. Look for straight(ish) seams and easy-sew fabric (like this sweater fabric).

  2. Prep is key! Take your time to read up on how to sew knits, which tools you’ll need and how to set your machine.

  3. Test on a scrap of fabric before sewing the real deal - I use two different thread colours and then closely look at the stitching to make sure to thread tension is correct.

I’ll probably make another Freya dress (I need to build up on my knit skills), and I’ve also got my eye on Tilly’s Agnes Top Workshop - her online courses really help you extend your knowledge and become a better sewer.

But for now, I’ll get comfy in my new dress!

Xoxo, Seams Sew


King Cole Opium Knitted Scarf

Hi, it’s Maria again, not sewing this time, but knitting.
I’ll start with a warning: I’m not a good knitter, a beginner really. I’ve knitted a loose summer top before that stretched to almost double its length when I threw it by mistake into the washing machine, a ribbing around a crocheted cardigan (that I did for Minerva as well ;) ) and recently a sweater that stretched out of proportion the first time, that I’ve redone and the second time seems to be a bit small? And now this.
There are 2 reasons I decided to go for this project: 1. I really wanted a scarf to match my faux suede jacket and 2. I was really intrigued by this Yarn. I wondered how it’ll turn out with such a difference in texture and thickness between the thin and thick bits.
You see this yarn transits from thin curly bits into these chunky furry kind of pieces at regular intervals, so I got me the recommended size knitting needles (size 6 mm), went to King Cole’s website to see what they’ve made of this yarn and decided to take it nice and easy.
By nice and easy I mean stockinette stitch, I cast on about 65 stitches and just went to work in stockinette stitch until I used up my two balls of yarn and achieved a perfect length for my scarf. I like my scarves long enough so there’s enough of the ends hanging after I pull it around my neck like in the picture below :).
Let’s talk a bit about the yarn itself, shall we? :) It’s 54% cotton, 42% “premium” acrylic (whatever that means…it’s acrylic) and 4% polyamide, it’s soft and nice to the touch both on the thin curly bits and the “furry” bits, I haven’t tested the scarf out properly at the time of writing, but it seems nice and not itchy at all.
The color I chose was Ruby, because it contracts really nicely with my stone colored jacket and because I’m in love with reds this season and have been sewing quite a bit in red or prints with red in them, plus I have a few pale winter sweaters (white, powder pink, beige…) that’ll look great with this.
Working with the yarn was a bit confusing, as half the time you knit this thin thing that I’d have used 2.5mm pins for on 6mm, but I think this also makes it look like it should even for lousy knitters like me. It’s so loose and net-like that you don’t see how good or bad the knitting itself :D
The knit ended up looking like a netting with these furry bits or nests, I loved this look and I did very little to achieve it, just knitted on! Cool!
I do like this yarn and like how it knits up. I wouldn’t knit it in anything else than simple knit and purl stitches for two reasons: There’s nothing that’ll show this yarn off better and any patterns or decorative knitting will just get lost in the texture anyway. But play with the forms! Long or short, wide or slim fit, cowls neck etc. It’ll look great!
Thank you for reading and I’m looking forward to seeing what you make in this yarn!
Come say hi and see more of my makes on Instagram @hayek.m83 or on my blog.

Sew Over It Eve Wrap Dress

I am just one in a long line of sewists to hop on the Sew Over It Eve Dress bandwagon, but this season wrap-dresses were everywhere, and I felt inspired. From catwalks to the high street, to the big four and indie pattern companies, dresses were floaty, sleeves fluted and everything was nipped in at the waist. 
Before this season, I never thought I would be one for wrap-dresses. Whenever I thought of the silhouette, my mind went straight to ‘mumsy’ looks as I envisaged stretched-out jersey dresses that hung straight and saggy around the knee, faded jewel tones and cheap looking animal print. However, after seeing Sew Happy Alex’s many Vogue wrap dresses on youtube and instagram, including one particularly impressive blue stretch velvet number that I shamelessly copied in red for Christmas, I started craving the easy simplicity of the wrap, and appreciating its glamorous appeal.
The great thing about a wrap dress is that it is so easy to make, and since Sew Over It’s instructions are always so beautifully written and illustrated, the Eve makes for really fun, satisfying sewing. You have to take care in cutting out your fabric, particularly as the bodice pieces are often cut on the bias, and you must always stabilise the neckline, but there are usually only a few pattern pieces and no zips or buttonholes to fiddle with, or fear! The only thing I would say is to take your time machine sewing hems, as the wide, swishy skirt means a lot of raw edge to finish. I did a minuscule hem, not quite rolled, but it has a delicate wavy effect that I’m really pleased with. The fabric behaved itself beautifully!
And whilst we’re on the subject of fabric - isn’t this Crepe Fabric stunning? It’s medium weight, floaty yet totally opaque (so no fear about flashing your rear) and I just love a bright print on a dark background. This crepe really is the perfect fabric for this pattern, and needless to say, the design is absolutely stunning. I love the combination of the little flowers and birds; feminine but not too girly. The fact that the print is non-directional is such a great feature too, as it meant that I didn’t waste much of the fabric, or have to play twister with the pattern pieces when laying them out. The weave is also extremely stable, which meant that there was almost no fraying, even when I had to do a little bit of unpicking when I mismatched my notches on the bodice. I overlocked the raw edges at the seams, but if you didn’t have an overlocker, this fabric would be absolutely fine with a zigzag stitch to finish the insides.
I have discovered in making this Eve that wrap dresses suit my figure better than most silhouettes and I am now in the process of making two more of them from Minerva’s incredible selection of crepes. Thank you so much Minerva for letting me test this fabric. I wore my Eve all summer - it’s the best thing that I’ve made so far!
Thanks for reading,

Embroidery Project Wallet

When Minerva Crafts gave me the chance to try out some Anchor Variegated Embroidery Threads I jumped at the chance. I have a bit of a thing about variegated threads, I love them, both in traditional and contemporary embroidery. Some of the colourways add subtle colour changes to your sewing, others include several different colours to make it pop. This is a little embroidery I stitched for a quilt block using Anchor 1349.
Shortly after I received a lovely parcel in the post of six Anchor threads, a gorgeous Fabric Fat Quarter by Timeless Treasures, together with a length of Aida Band. Aida band comes in different widths, colours and stitch counts. This one is 5cm wide, in ecru, with 16 stitches to the inch, which is my preferred size. With it’s woven edge Aida band is ideal for adding a little embroidery to aprons, towels, bibs, pillowcases, it’s also great for making bookmarks.
I decided to make an embroidery project wallet. I always like to have a little stitching project in my bag, usually cross-stitch, which I can do when I’m out and about, I call it borrowed time stitching, doctors waiting rooms, café’s, train stations…I’ll stitch anywhere! Currently my projects are in plastic ziplok bags, effective but not very pretty.
I wanted my wallet to have a pocket big enough to hold a 5” hoop, somewhere to keep scissors safe and lots of little pockets to keep embroidery threads in. I usually keep my threads on the plastic reels with the number sellotaped over one end, the Aida band would be the perfect size.
I cut three 7” strips of Aida band and embroidered each one with a different stitch, herringbone, buttonhole and chevron, to keep with the embroidery theme. I used a different Anchor thread for each one too. Making mini stitch samplers is a good way of seeing how a variegated thread stitches, how the colours work in reality. These three bands would make nine pockets for my wallet.
I cut a 7” x 14” piece of my main fabric for the outside. I managed to position it so two birds are perfectly positioned on the front. I used a coordinating piece of Kona Solid fabric for the inside. I interlined the inside piece with iron-on interfacing to give it a bit of support with the various pockets. I also cut a piece of scrap batting to soften it, I make quilts so I have lots of scraps, but a piece of felt would work just as well. I ironed another layer of interfacing onto the batting to give the wallet a bit of structure.
I made a simple pocket from another rectangle of fabric and added a felt bird shape from felt to make a little needleholder. I stitched it on using Anchor 1349 along the wing line, adding a French knot for it’s eye.
I used a walking foot on my sewing machine for most of the project as it copes much better with varying thicknesses of fabric. I stitched the pockets on, stitching vertical lines down over the Aida to make nine little pockets.
I layered everything together using clover clips to hold it in place. I find these much better than pins for bulky items. Just before I sewed around the edge I inserted half a childs hair elastic in the back to make a button loop. I stitched round with a quarter inch seam, leaving a gap at the bottom for turning. One tip when stitching narrow bulky seams is to move your machine needle as far right as possible so most of the foot is over fabric, rather than half on and half off.
Once I’d managed the fiddly job of turning the wallet right side out I pressed it and edge-stitched round. I love the way the birds have worked out on the front.
 Finishing touches included a self covered button on the front for fastening and two lengths of ribbon inside to keep the hoop and a pair of scissors safe.
If you fancy making an embroidery wallet, this is what I used;
Timeless fat quarter
Kona Solid fat quarter
Anchor threads 1349, 1347, 1325
5cm Aida band in cream
Medium weight iron on interfacing
Batting or felt
Square of co-ordinating felt
Self cover button
Hair elastic!
I’m really pleased with my embroidery wallet, it’s in use already, it’s perfect for sitting in the garden for a bit of stitching!
Thanks for reading,
Margaret @ The Crafty Creek

Pompom Kochi Kimono

I love receiving new fabric from Minerva. I often like to step out of my usual comfort zone and pick fabrics that I normally don’t use. I’m more of a pick a project and then a suitable fabric for that project kind of girl. In these projects for Minerva, I do it the other way around.

So when the kind people at Minerva Crafts sent me some rust red coloured pom pom trim Georgette Fabric it was totally new to me. I’d never worked with Georgette before. It is 100% polyester in it’s make up. It’s very light and airy, quite sheer and feels soft and plush.

So what to do with this beautifully rich coloured, fresh fabric? Well I immediately thought of a pattern that I received by accident from Paper Cut Patterns due to a mix up with shipping. It was a happy accident though as I love this pattern; it’s the Kochi Kimono. I made one previously out of fabric long held in my stash and was dying to make another one.

I thought the pom poms would look fabulous as a fun wee detail around the bottom on the front and back pieces but I left the sleeves plain as I thought it might look a tad over the top if I were to sew the sleeves using the pom poms also.

So off I went with my fabric and pattern. I placed the pattern pieces so that the pompom trim ran along the bottom of the front and back. Cutting it out was fine until I got to where the edge of a piece met a pom pom but in fairness it wasn’t a huge obstacle, it just meant I had to snip a few pom poms off here and there so I could ensure that my fabric pattern pieces were exactly right.

As for the sewing, well this pattern is a really keeper if you like a quick, easy to follow pattern that you can easily have sewn up and ready to throw on you in a few hours. I put in a few pins here and there but made sure to pin each of the rows of pom pom trim together on the side seams so that each row matched...pattern matching but with trim instead of a design if you will.

Sewing this up was exactly the same as cutting it out; easy except I had to take my time when I got to the trim. I suppose you could say it’s somewhat like working with sequined fabric in that you have to shift a few pom poms out of the way of the presser foot or snip a few off if they were in the way.

So after a couple of hours I was left with my new fun pom pom trimmed Kochi Kimono. I love it! Perfect for throwing into the suitcase for a sun holidays as it’s light and airy, folds up into a small wee bundle and doesn’t crease! I use mine just to throw over a tee shirt on a summers evening but could use it as a beach cover up. I would probably lengthen the pattern if I was making it specifically for this purpose again. But for me and how I like to wear it it’s just perfect as is. Love the pattern and love the fabric...and at the price it’s for sale at Minerva Crafts really you couldn’t go wrong. Go on, give it a go! Have a great day Minerva Crafters!

Marie @maeme_and_momo


Opium Boat Neck Top

I felt like I fancied a change from the sewing related projects I’ve been doing lately and decided to try out this Opium Knitting Yarn by King Cole. It comes in 100g balls and is kind of stringy in nature, not much ‘give’, with every so often, some thicker, woollier sections.  I decided to knit a boat necked top in a fairly simple pattern labelled as ‘Easy Knit’, which takes advantage of the stringy effect of the yarn.  I chose to use a fuchsia pink colour – I’ve always loved this shade and it suits my colouring well.
The top is constructed of basically a two row, slipped stitch pattern, interspersed with 8 rows of garter stitch.  It casts on easily and the same 5 mm size needles are used throughout.
The knitting grows quickly and it’s because of this fact that I was easily able to see that my usual size of 40 - 42 was coming up far too big for me ….  I measured the width against a sweater I already have that fits and found that I had to start again with size 36 – 38. 
The knitting itself produces a really interesting open texture. 
When I’d finished knitting the two sides I was a bit worried because the pieces still looked so large…
I started to sew up the pieces and considering the open nature of the pattern, this was quite straightforward.  I managed to backstitch together the shoulder seams almost invisibly…
Once this was done on one side, I could pick up stitches round the neck and finish off in garter stitch.  This was done on a size smaller needle.  I was hopeful, once I’d done this, that the top would be ‘brought in’ somewhat, as had now happened around the neck, which was no longer wide and shapeless. 
I finished up the sleeve borders in the same way as the neck and they looked nice and neat with a co-ordinating knitted tab to finish off.
I then completed the tab with a wooden button, the texture and colour of which looked nice with the knitting.
Finally, I sewed the side seams together, taking care to match up the bands of garter stitch on each side. I was still hopeful that it would fit, as the sleeves and neck looked nice and the side seams went together well. I’ve ended up with a lovely top and I wanted to wear this with a nice t-shirt with thin straps underneath and maybe go out in it with no coat. It’s perfect for this time of year, with changeable autumn weather, when something a bit warmer but not too warm is needed as well as a t-shirt. It’s a good piece for layering. 
However, although I knitted a size smaller, it’s still too big for me!  The size 32-34 would have been much better and just right, which is unusual for me as I’m not a slack knitter...  If anything, I have to err on the larger size. I do have a bit of yarn left though, enough I think to make the smaller size, as the yarn does go far and I over estimated a bit on the amount I would need to complete.  So, instead of a top for me, my mum is going to end up with a lovely early birthday present – a ‘happy accident’ I think…  I reckon she’ll be very happy with this :-)
Thanks for reading!

Dream Team - Lisa Comfort Fabric & Button Down Skirt

I’m pretty sure that every dressmaker has a Sew Over It make in their repertoire, I certainly do - so when founder Lisa Comfort launched her own Fabric designs earlier this year, it was only a matter of time until I’d give it a go!

I’d just been reading the latest issue of Love Sewing magazine, when a button-down skirt with pockets caught my eye. It’s a free pattern (!) which you can access here. When the fabric arrived in the post on the same day, I knew it was a match made in heaven.

Like her celebrated Sewing Patterns, Lisa kept the designs of her fabrics feminine, playful and, above all, floral. Ranging from soft pastels to darker hues, these quality cotton lawns are a delight to sew.

The navy Elderflower Press Fabric (bottom left) is an elegant print which, despite being very lightweight, isn’t see-through at all. It’s incredibly easy to handle, making it an ideal option for beginner projects.

The button-down skirt pattern is intended for drapey fabrics like viscose or rayon, but Lisa Comfort cotton fabrics are equally suitable, thanks to a lovely drape. They’d also work well for dresses and tops, though they don’t have much body to hold shapes.

Thinking of investing in some Lisa Comfort fabric? Here’s 5 reasons why I think you should:

1. The dreamy designs - feminine, floral & playful.

2. The quality - 100% cotton lawn with a beautiful drape.

3. It’s versatile - Light to medium weight, suitable for a very wide variety of garments and projects.

4. It’s an investment - Lisa Comfort fabrics don’t exactly come cheap, so you’ll take extra care when sewing it.

5. There’s loads of inspo - not sure what to sew? There are tons of lovely ideas to get you started, including ones from Lisa herself.

It goes without saying that these fabrics are also ideal for Sew Over It patterns - here’s a Penny Dress I made in the same fabric, with a pink colourway.

Feeling inspired? If you’ve been toying with the idea of getting your hands on some Lisa Comfort fabric, I would most certainly recommend doing so.


Seams Sew


Suedette and Winter

There is a lot of suede around each Winter so this time I decided to road test this Suedette Fabric stocked by Minerva Crafts.

Choosing one colour from their range of 18 colours took some time. 18 colours means you have to be really particular to not find the colour that suits you. I went with the navy blue.

What’s amazing is the way the suede pile runs. It does run in one direction but it’s really hard to tell because it’s crushed.

I did not wash this fabric. You can wash this suede because it’s on a knit fabric backing.

This meant I used a jersey sewing machine needle to create this skirt using Burda young 6480. Now that I’ve made this skirt, I would add a 5 cm hem to it. For this skirt, I turned the hem up 1/2cm and sewed it with a straight stitch.

This skirt was started and finished in 1 day.

You can see from this picture that the seams are not finished. That’s right. This suedette is created on a knit fabric so there’s no need to finish the seams.

As you can see, I had a shorter zipper in my stash so I pinned it into the suede. You wouldn’t use pins on real suede but you can on this fabric. Remember, it’s created on knit fabric.

As you can see in this photo, the seams have a great finish. Choosing a pattern with very few seams is the way to go with this fabric.

I had plenty of suedette left to make this jacket as well. The collar looks impressive as it’s really large. I’ve used Butterick 5569 because it’s unlined. Suedette can easily be used for unlined jackets. The skirt is unlined.

The back of this jacket has a lot of seams so you’ll also see it’s a bit difficult to iron these seams flat.

This shows the back of the skirt. There are no creases in the skirt back because there’s only 1 seam.

I think it’s safe to say this suedette is great for skirts and coats, as long as there are very few seams. It’s also affordable to buy and keep.

As you can see, these pieces go well together.

Thanks Minerva!

Maria @ cleverthinking99

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