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Mccall's M7929 in Polka dots

Hello again! It’s Victoria with @victorialucilleanne back with another make for Minerva! This time I am using this super nice quality Cotton Poplin Fabric! It is my favorite kind of print (probably second to leopard!), polka dots!!! 
This is the 3mm Spot Print Cotton Poplin Fabric, green on ivory! I love the feel of this cotton poplin so much. It's not too thick and has a nice structure to it. Almost feels like a cotton lawn. There were several colors to choose from as well! It sews up beautifully and was perfect for this top!
I decided to go with the Mccalls M7929 pattern. There are several options for this top. I wanted to make the long view (view D) because I wanted to tuck it in. However, I am not sure I love how many buttons are down the back. Because it is hard to tuck in buttons if the pants are tight. So I may consider the short one next time! Although, I do love how amazing the buttons look! These buttons are from Whim Whambuttons!
This pattern was more involved than I had planned! I didn’t realize I would need seam binding and I did not have this! I ended up using a small piece of ribbon! Next time, I will be ready with some and have it when needed. 
I also didn’t realize that there would be so much sewing with bias binding. However, I love the method of using bias binding with the elastic to create the sleeve detail. It is such a gorgeous part of the pattern. Now that I have learned this technique, I have already applied it to other patterns to make the sleeves more interesting! I loved the way the sleeve was gathered with two pieces of elastic, one on top of another on the outside of the sleeve only (not all the way around). This is such a cute way to gather the sleeve. 
The pattern does use a lining for the entire garment except for the sleeves. This makes me wonder what else I can use to make this garment! I think it would be wonderful in a chiffon! The lining would take care of the part that you want to cover and the sleeves would be sheer! Sewing the lining does involve quite a large amount of hand sewing. I have to say that I cheated a little at the hem and I just sewed the hem and the lining together one time avoiding all of the extra steps. It has held up well and looks fabulous! I folded both of them up the required amount and did the hand sewing. I also followed all directions for hand stitching after that! 
A quick note about bra choice! I could NOT wear a regular bra with this shirt! apparently. I also did not have a strapless bra anymore. When we were cleaning out the house, I think I got rid of my old one! I went out and bought one today and it looks fabulous with my shirt! The sleeves go out very wide with the way that the shirt is made. My bra straps come in closer, so they were showing. I couldn’t go without a bra because then there was a lot of structure in the top with nothing underneath it! I need the bra to help fill the space! HA! 
This top is not a quick make but turned out so well! It made me feel as though I had something that was beautifully handmade! I feel very proud to wear it! I also feel it was the perfect fabric choice for the summer. It is a nice and breezy cotton that is breathable and comfortable. 
Thanks for reading,
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Jumpsuits in the Dallas Heat!

Hello! My name is Shun D. from shundavis.com and I am so excited to be a part of the Minerva Maker Team! For my first fabric I chose a beautiful yellow Cotton Poplin Fabric. I have to say …. originally, I had chosen the royal blue in this fabric (the safe choice for me) but it wasn’t available, so I decided to go with this vibrant yellow. My go to colors are normally Neutrals and Pastels so deciding to go with a yellow was completely outside of my comfort zone! However, I am so glad that I did because I love how bright and colorful this yellow is and it’s a great color for my skin tone!

The fabric comes in black, yellow, cerise pink, pale blue, pale pink, red and royal blue and is perfect for tops, lightweight dresses, skirts, loungewear and JUMPSUITS !

When I chose this fabric, I had no idea what I wanted to make with it, so I waited until it arrived to decide. Once I received the fabric and opened it, I fell in love with the vibrant color and the softness of the fabric. After washing the fabric, it was even softer! WIN WIN!! After studying the fabric for a while and looking through a few of my patterns I found the perfect one! Butterick 6691, view C.

I was heading out of town and I knew I would need something comfortable and breezy to wear in the Dallas heat! I decided to go with View C of this pattern because who doesn’t love a great jumpsuit!! Cutting the pattern pieces was probably the most tedious part of this pattern because sewing it up was a breeze. It took about a day and a half to complete.

For this pattern there was little modifications needed but I did lengthen the legs 2”. I usually need to do in every pattern to accommodate my long legs!

This cotton Poplin was the perfect weight for this jumpsuit, and it sewed up so easy. I cut all pieces using my Pinking Shears and serged the ends, but the fabric frayed very little.

By the cotton being lightweight it was perfect for the heat and humidity of Texas.

We decided to visit Deep Ellum, an art and entertainment district near downtown Texas. Let me just say if you are into art this is the place to visit. We went during the week so there was very little traffic. There are blocks and blocks of beautiful murals painted by artist from all over. My husband and I had so much fun going from block to block viewing the beautiful murals and snapping photos! We saw several artists starting new pieces! I wanted to pull up a chair and just watch them work but I knew I would melt if I stayed out in that heat too long! LOL!

Some of the murals worked as the perfect backdrop for this vibrant yellow so we took full advantage!

I loved working with this fabric and definitely plan to sew up a few tops with some of the other colors in the near future! I am definitely eyeing that royal blue!

Until Next time XOXO

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A Lemon Yellow Jasika Blazer

As soon as Closet Case Patterns released their Jasika Blazer Pattern I knew I wanted to make it. I really enjoy interspersing more straightforward projects with challenging ones. I want to keep tackling more difficult patterns which will enable me to learn new skills along the way and this definitely looked like it fitted the bill!

I wanted something that would be a spring/summer blazer and when I saw this lemon yellow Coating Fabric on the Minerva website I knew I’d found the right fabric - I love the brightness of the yellow against the white. The fabric is a cotton blend and has a bit of stretch to it – this isn’t strictly required for the Jasika Blazer but I thought it should work fine.

I also bought the video class for the blazer as I anticipated that I would need this extra help. I frequently find that when written instructions and diagrams leave me confused, a video can make it crystal clear. It was definitely worth it, Heather Lou’s explanations are great and the video footage is excellent.

This was by far, the most time consuming project I have taken on. But I would say that if you take your time, an advanced beginner could definitely tackle this as there really aren’t any tricky steps. The main thing is that you take your time and be accurate. I normally like to rush through a make; I love something that I can get through in an afternoon - this took me weeks! However, I did find that I really enjoyed the change, it was great to focus on precision and accuracy (though the number of times I had to unpick was getting frustrating!), and the results were amazing.

One of things that takes time is prepping the fabric – there are so many pieces when you take into account the main fabric, the lining, the interfacing and the horsehair canvas. Then there are two types of interfacing – and I made the mistake of ironing mine to the wrong pieces! Fortunately Heather Lou mentions that this can happen and I checked just in time, luckily I had enough fabric left to cut out new pieces.

I started off by making a toile and then used this to work out what adjustments I would need. I have no idea if I did this correctly, I just made it up according to what made sense to me.

I had marked the bust point and the waist line on my toile and could see that they were both too low. So I took 18mm out just above the bust line and12 mm just above the waist line. I also took 18mm out below the waist line in order to raise the hemline. I had already shortened the sleeves by 5cm (across the middle) before making the toile but they were still a little too long so I took out another 2cm. I then had to apply these alterations to all of the pattern and lining pieces (again, time consuming!). I didn’t bother to make another toile, I just kept my fingers crossed that it would all work out ok.

I am so pleased that I took the plunge and made this. It’s easy to put patterns that seem difficult to one side, telling yourself that you’re not ready yet. But this showed me that actually there wasn’t anything I couldn’t do, I just had to take my time.

I learnt so much making this jacket and fell in love with both steaming and hand sewing (not things I normally do). When I finished the blazer I was so proud of myself, I really felt like a sewing superstar!

Ciao,

Linda

www.ciaolinda.com

@linda_hinds

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Scuba Crepe Dress

Hello!

I’m Simona and I’m back on Minerva Crafts blog with another fabric review.

Today I’ll share a few thoughts about working with Scuba Crepe. I’ve picked the black-ivory option to make myself a dress.

Scuba fabric has come a long way. This scuba crepe is unexpectedly soft and has quite a bit of drape. When I think of crepe fabric, which is difficult to handle and has a lot of drape, scuba crepe is super easy to handle and doesn’t fray.

The fabric feels a bit thick to use self fabric for lining, therefore for my dress I used knit lining to line the bodice or instead of facings.

I prefer using my overlocker to construct garments made with stretch fabric for various reasons (process is much faster, finishing raw edges at the same time as stitching the seam, no need to test types of stitches to see which one works best, less chances of the seam being wavy, etc).

As a way to make it easier for myself, I tend to thread trace the hem allowances. Up until the end I did not decide whether I wanted to turn the hem and sew it in place or just chop it of. Once I tried the dress on and felt that’s too long for me (on the original pattern the hem falls somewhere mid calf) I made the decision to cut 20 cm of the length so that the hem of the dress hits above my knees. And since, the fabric does not fray I just left it like that. I did have to use the sewing machine to secure the seams after I cut the excess off. Also, this meant that I could do the same with the sleeve. Well I had two options, leave them a bit longer or cut them to match the hem on the pattern.

Because I did not check the fit first, I had to shorten the bodice above the bust and start again, which meant that it took me longer to make the dress. But even then it only took just over 2 hours to make it. Mainly because I mainly used the overlocker/ serger and left the hems unfinished. that’s how easy to work with scuba crepe is.

I love the feel of the fabric against my skin. Feels quite soft.

Looking at the finished dress you cannot really tell that the hems were left unfinished. Besides, I’ve seen clothes in the stores that had a raw edge, so it’s not unheard of. Looks like I finally embraced this fashion trend in my sewing, albeit a few years too late.

My tips for working with scuba crepe:

  • the fabric is quite springy so if using facings- consider stitching them down (topstitching or catch stitching on the wrong side)

  • the fabric is a bit thick, so if you need to line your garment, consider using a knitted lining fabric to reduce bulk

  • you can just cut off the hem allowance. The fabric does not fray.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. And please do share your makes on Instagram/Twitter by tagging @MinervaCrafts and/or using the hashtag #MinervaMakes. I’d love to see what you create.

Simona @ Sewing Adventures in the Attick

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Let’s Wrap About It!

Hey Ladies and Gents, glad to be back on the blog, sharing one of my latest makes. I will first say that wrap dresses is one of my favorite silhouettes. I will always have several wrap dresses in my closet. One of the joys I get from sewing is able to wear wrap dresses. Before sewing I would always have to skip them in the store. Due to either the ties being too high, or too low, bodice too short etc. By sewing them myself I have been able to get a great fit. I believe this style of dress can be worn by everyone when the right adjustments are made. I also think adjusting patterns to fit your style, is your right. So go ahead and change things up.

Now on to the pattern, Vogue 8896.

I have made this pattern before. I was torn between two pattern choices when working with this Jersey Fabric. So I added a poll to my stories on Instagram and let everyone vote and this is the pattern that won. This fabric feels amazing, and it’s not heavy a perfect weight for spring/summer.

I did forget how big the skirt pattern pieces are so if you do decide to make this pattern you may have to cut it on the floor if your table is not big enough. Or you could trace it on the floor, and then cut it on the table. 

I’ve been making a few mistakes on my latest makes and this one was no exception, I changed my rotary blade during this project and was trimming a seam and cut a hole. Since it’s so close to the seam line and the ties cover it, I just stitched it closed and I will just put some interfacing over the area, I'll go back and stitch a small design from my sewing machine stitch options.

I don’t get too upset when I make mistakes, I’m good at salvaging a project. But let this be a reminder to make sure when trimming seams, that it’s only the seam area not the body of your project.

Here’s a close up of the fabric bodice pattern pieces. 

Some photos of the finished dress...

And some inside photos of how the ties go, and what it looks like untied.

The only changes to this pattern is I used some elastic as binding bias for the sleeves, I normally have to extend the bodice and move my ties on wrap dress patterns. But this one no adjustments.

And lastly how I styled it...

As always, until next time, sew on!!!

Anna Marie @seams_so_stylish

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Striped Jersey Dress

There is nothing I love to make for my daughter more than dresses. Little girls' dresses are so sweet! This month I chose to make the Maggie Peplum by Love Notions with this narrow stripe yarn dyed Knit Fabric.

This fabric has a good 4 way stretch and is the perfect weight: it's opaque but not heavy, perfect for all of my dress and t-shirt needs. I love that the stripes are yarn dyed and not printed because they are perfectly on grain! This makes cutting out so much more enjoyable. (Trust me - I've cut out my share of off-grain prints.) Did you check out the listing yet? This stripe is offered in 11 colors total. I also love the fuchsia, jeans blue and light aqua! (If you've checked out my blog you'll find that those colors are plentiful in my other projects.)

I chose the elbow length sleeves and lengthened the peplum into a skirt. I also added little flutter sleeves to the tops of the sleeves. This is done by cutting a strip of fabric, gathering it, and then placing it in the top half of the armscye, with the flutter centered over the shoulder seam. Since knits don't fray, I didn't bother to hem it.

After stay stitching the flutter in place, I sewed in the sleeve, catching the flutter in my overlock stitch. To keep the flutter lying flat, I topstitched close to the edge of the seam on the bodice side. This is the first time I've 'winged' a flutter sleeve and I'm pleased with the result!

If you've never given knits a try, may I suggest starting with childrens' clothing. Although I've come to know that no fabric is wasted (There is a valuable lesson to be learned from each failure as it adds to your experience), learning on a smaller piece of fabric can be less intimidating for some people. The other thing I love about it is children don't care if it looks like a practice project. I tend to be picky about what I wear but my daughter couldn't care less if the topstitching veered off to the side or the neckband wasn't completely flat.

When we walked up the hill to take pictures and I pulled out my camera, my daughter immediately took that as her cue to run. Awesome. It was also super windy up there! I decided to go with it. Childhood should be savored and enjoyed in the moment. Wouldn't we all wish for a carefree day of living in the present?

Now I just need to make her a pair of matching shorties for playing in!

Thanks for reading,

Stephanie @ The Petite Sewist

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Fancy Unicorn Dress

Want to bring joy and happiness to a little girl? For me it was made easy with this gorgeous Fabric. All I had to do was show her this beautiful unicorn print and she was hooked. The combination of this lovely print and the amazing pattern was a perfect match. I am thrilled to be able to share more about my latest make for Minerva below.

Let’s take a closer look at that beautiful fabric. This is from the Timeless Treasures line, in a cotton poplin. This unicorn print is one of Several Fabrics with designs that span the entire width of fabric. I recently created a reversible dress for Minerva using the heart print from the same fabric line. You can find that post here.

When I was deciding on a pattern that would showcase this unicorn print I was drawn to the beautiful details on the Lily Dress from Made for Mermaids. This pattern was part of a tea party collection released in the spring and any of the lovely dresses would have paired well with this fabric. I particularly like the Lily pattern because of the back detail and simplicity of the bodice front that would let your eye go to the skirt and the fun unicorn picture.

I made two modifications to this pattern while making this dress. The first was to cut the maxi dress as one long panel with a center back seam only rather than a front and back with side seams. This allowed the print to be centered how I wanted and the picture to run continuously around the dress. In order to make sure it would work I laid it out on the floor and drew it out in chalk. I was able to check pattern placement this way before I cut into this beautiful fabric. Because the pattern uses a gathered skirt, this was an easy modification to make.

The second modification I made was to the back straps. The dress normally calls for lace. I made a lace back version of the dress before and knew I liked it but felt that the lace options I had didn’t look quite right with the skirt. For this one, I decided to create a ruffled strap using the bodice fabric. To do so, I simply cut the fabric 3 inches wide and 3 times the given length measurement for the back straps. I folded and pressed the fabric in half and ran two rows of gathering stitches on the cut edge. This allowed me plenty of fabric to ruffle with the gathering stitches and then encase the cut edge in the bias tape per the pattern. I love this little strap detail so much and I hope to use it again on future Lily dresses.

This dress was so fun to create and I love seeing the joy on my daughter’s face when she wears it. The Timeless Treasures fabric was lovely to work with and would make any unicorn loving person smile. I hope you enjoyed this look at my daughter’s new maxi dress and this fantastic fabric option.

Happy Sewing,

Shannon @ www.indoorshannon.com

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Washed Linen Faux Jumpsuit

Hi everyone,Blanca here with my first guest blog post for @minervacrafts. Thanks so much Minerva for giving me this opportunity. I chose the gorgeous black Washed Linen Fabric for this month. I adore black linen for summer and fall so these two pieces will get plenty of wear.
The top and trousers together can look like a jumpsuit if I tuck it. And what is better to wear in the summer in the city when the trains and subways can be some what grungy. This black linen is airy and also won’t show the dirt or any chocolate ice cream bar drips during a long day of transit. What a win for staying some what put together. 
I really start rating a fabric as soon as it is pre-washed and this linen went through a hot wash, next a warm wash then a cold wash and through 3 medium hot dryer cycles. The linen came out soft and fluffy with no hard creases or cracking and was easy to press and with minimal shrinkage. This did it for me, I wanted to use every bit of the yardage and chose to make trousers and a top. The trousers are the Pietra Pants from Closet Case Patterns and the top is the Wiksten shift dress and top. 
These trousers are so good, high waist and very chic. Decided to hem them at ankle length for a vintage look. Isn’t this linen great even after sitting and lounging around in them for hours.
The Wiksten top...no wonder it is so well loved. Easy to make, easy to wear, and again black linen is versatile.
Now for some of the details...
The trousers were made with no changes except I allowed for a looser back waist by adding an inch to the elastic. My middle is a bit thick so this helped allow the trousers to hang nicely from the band. These are great and the linen is perfect for this on trend pattern. I omitted the pockets on the Wiksten because I wanted to be able to tuck it in to the trousers.
There are french seams on the trousers and the top which gives them a beautiful and sturdy finish and no overlocker needed. With black it is a good idea to have a press cloth handy, some black interfacing and elastic. Honestly though this fabric is dense enough that black elastic was not really needed. Don’t forget the lint roller if you share your space with a furry beast like I do.
For the neck finish I did not use the facings, they can be fiddly in a light weight woven so a simple and already on hand item was to use a cotton percale bias binding. Pressed into a gentle curve before attaching it and it lies flat. Under stitch the bias trim before folding it over and all is even better.
And after wearing them all day, they don’t look bad at all. This was such fun to make.Thanks again Minerva!
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Faces

Sew... face fabric! I don't normally go for black/dark fabrics, unless they have a pop of colour but there was something that drew me to this Lady McElroy crowded faces fabric that I just couldn't resist. It's a lovely quality cotton poplin/lawn, some describe it as a poplin and others a lawn, that also comes in a few other colour ways. For this colour way the large ivory female face outlines are on a black background.
Although this fabric would make a perfect dress I really wanted to make a pair of trousers. I was torn between the Helens Closet Winslow culottes and the Tilly and the Buttons Marigold trousers.
The fabric is a super soft lightweight cotton which has a certain amount of drape. I really like my Winslows nice and floaty so decided this wouldn't be suitable for what I wanted but it would be perfect if you wanted a slightly structured version of the culottes. Although the Marigold trousers don't recommend cotton lawn as a fabric suggestion I thought it would work after asking a few fellow sewist friends. I decided to go ahead with the Marigolds.
 
I have made the Marigolds before, see my first ever pair here, so the pattern was already traced, see my review of Swedish Tracing Paper here, and cut out. I decided to make a few small adjustments to the pattern; I shortened the crotch length by 1 inch and shortened the leg length by 2 inch. These are really easy adjustments to make, just take out the excess on the lengthen/shorten lines and redraw the curve. Remember to alter the front and back pieces and any other pattern pieces that maybe affected by the alterations, eg pocket.
Although the faces pattern is reasonably large and busy I did faff around a bit and pattern matched the pockets. I do love pattern matching. I didn't match the centre front and centre back seams and kinda wish I had but then I would have had the worry of awkward face placement so maybe it's better I didn't!The Marigolds are such a satisfying quick sew. With a relaxed fit and elasticated waist there are few fitting issues to worry about and no fiddly fastenings to get your head around.
Even though this is a cotton poplin/lawn it hardly creases which I was really surprised about. They came on holiday with me and even after a trip in the suitcase they didn't need ironing!I'm very OCD with my finish so I either overlock or French seam. Because I wanted a nice quick sew I finished these on the overlocker to give a really neat professional looking finish. To hem I turned them up 1/2 an inch and then another 1/2 inch and topstitched. 
I now have three pairs in my wardrobe which will definitely see me through three warmer months. I'm thinking of pairing these up with some pastel tees to add that splash of colour. 
Thanks for reading,
Georgina @sewinthegarden
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My Floral Lisa Dress

Hello everyone!

I am Olympia from @my_lovemade_wardrobe and I am really happy to present you today one of my favourite makes ever, the Lisa Dress.

Well, it was last summer when Athina from @akpatterns contacted me to test her new pattern. It was the Lisa Dress and I fell in love with it from the first time I saw her drafts on my email. I most liked (and yes… I still like) version 2 with scalloped-shaved cap sleeves. I think this detail gives a more romantic option to the dress!

I have made 3 Lisa Dresses so far using linen fabric, light denim fabric and this wonderful floral Cotton Poplin Fabric from Minerva this time. All these fabrics work really well for this pattern.

Especially speaking for this 3rd dress that I made with poplin, after having pre-washed the fabric, I cut size 14 for the top and size 16 for the skirt. I made this adjustment from the first Lisa Dress I sewed, so I knew I would not have any fitting issue. Sizing chart is perfect at @akpatterns so you don’t need to size up or down. Just take right measurements.

The sewing process itself is very simple as there are well-written instructions with a lot of pictures that show you how to sew one thing or another. Also, it is a quick make… I sewed this one in 3-4 hours!

The pattern features optional pockets that I really love! But, as I had included them on last 2 dresses, I decided not to sew them on this one. I couldn’t resist a fabric sash though… I find it so feminine and elegant so I made one.

For this version I used approx. 2.5m of fabric.

Overall, I think the Lisa Dress is the absolute summer dress that you can sew with many different types of fabric depending on your tastes and that you can wear it all day long. The poplin that I used for my 3rd Lisa is a really good choice as it is 100% cotton and perfect for warm days during summer. Although it’s a quick and easy make, it’s so elegant that I feel I really need more in my wardrobe!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Until next time,

Happy Sewing!

Olympia @my_lovemade_wardrobe

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