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Toddlers Handmade Dress Step by Step Tutorial

What you will need:
1 metre of Miniature Animal print Cotton Poplin Fabric (Bunnies) plus matching Gutermann Sewing Thread
0.5 metre of Plain Linen and Viscose Blend Fabric in Pink plus matching Gutermann Sewing Thread
2 x Crendon Engraved Heart Wooden Buttons
0.5 metre of Light/Medium Interfacing
2 x Press Studs (optional)
Follow my step by step tutorial to help you create this sweet summer dress…
Start by washing, drying and pressing all your chosen fabrics. Also press your pattern flat too.
Because this pattern came in sizes 6 months to 4 years, I traced the size I needed (size 2) onto dress making paper (optional), allowing me to use the pattern again at a later date.
Once you have cut out your pattern, remember to make note of any markings from the pattern. Cut on fold of fabric (matching selvedge to selvedge) making sure you have the pattern of the fabric laying in the correct direction.
Use your pattern again to cut out the interfacing, once cut out, I then went around and trimmed off the ¼” seam allowance, as this makes the finished seam neater. Fuse your interfacing in the wrong side of the small front and back parts. I prepared the applique hearts by cutting them from the interfacing first, then roughly cutting out the pink fabric, fuse in place and trim 1/8” inside the interfacing, to avoid any fraying.
Take your applique hearts and pin in place on the front of the dress, see pattern for lay out. Trim away the excess from the edges. Using a pink top thread, and grey bobbin thread, blanket stitch around the edges to hold in place.
Photos below, illustrate the front and back applique...
Stay stitch front and back neck edges, (just a simple stitch sewn down from the top to the middle, and repeated on the other side, to allow the fabric to sit flat against the neck line).
With right sides together, sew the front to the back at side seams, using the 5/8” seam allowance. Press your seams open.
The dress is really starting to take shape now.
With right sides together, pin the interfacing to the neck, shoulder and armhole edges, matching the centers and side seams. Stitch neck, shoulder and armhole edges.
Create button holes, placement from the markings on the pattern, or Sew On Poppers and a cute button for design. (Poppers are easier for younger children, as they can do it themselves).
Finishing off your Dress
Fold the side seams over twice and tack in place.
Fold the hem of the dress over twice and top stitch a neat line of stitches.
Fold over the seam on the interfacing (back and front pieces) and stitch a neat row of stitches. Using a ladder stitch to sew the interfacing seams together.
And here is the finished dress...
Thanks for reading,
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Prym Espadrilles to match my new Me Made robe!

When Minerva kindly offered to let me test the Prym Espadrille Soles I jumped at the chance! I'd seen a few pop up in my Instagram feed and I'd always thought they looked like a really fun simple project to do and … they were!!
I'd originally planned to make them in denim, using the fabric cut off from a pair of ready to wear jeans that I'd turned into shorts. And I may still do that with my next pair. However, I'd also just finished pattern testing a brand new sewing pattern – a robe (I can't say more than that just yet!) which makes me feel like a screen goddess wearing it (To clarify, I don't look much like one, I just feel like one!) and it seemed the perfect opportunity to make a matching pair of slip on Espadrilles to go with it! No more old slippers and tatty towelling robe for me! 
The process of making them is incredibly simple: 
Because I was using remnants of the floaty Viscose Fabric used for the robe, I interfaced it with some Lightweight Woven Interfacing. I was only using the front piece, rather than the bit that goes around the heel too, as I really did want them to be slip-ons – you know what it's like when you drag yourself out if bed in search of that first coffee! 
I then cut out a corresponding piece of lining fabric, in a plain white (but cotton) Cotton Fabric. The pattern pieces do not come with a seam allowance so I drew around mine and added that extra 5/8ths of an inch. I sewed the now interfaced viscose right sides together with the cotton, leaving an approximate 1.5” gap (to allow you to turn them right side out). Once that's done, you trim back the seam allowances, turn them right side out and then slip stitch the gap closed.
Then pin them into place around the sole. There was something incredibly satisfying about this step, pushing those pins in…make sure to use sturdy ones! 
I was originally going to sew them onto the sole using a matching embroidery thread (as shown in the pictures) but in the end I decided against this. Prym do have a range of Creative Yarn in loads of colours too.  I cut four equal long lengths of matching regular Gutermann Thread (approximately 110 cms) and threaded these through a Darning Needle together, so that the thickness and strength of the thread was there but yet it looked more subtle. 
The robe I'm pairing it with is quite elegant and I wanted the finishing of the espadrilles to match that, so that the stitching itself was not a massive feature of the finished shoe. Of course that's a definite good look and I think with the denim pair I'd certainly use the creative yarn and make the stitches themselves bigger. They're incredibly simple to sew - it's a blanket style stitch – there is a 'how to' tutorial video from Prym if you want to see that in action. 
All in all I'm really pleased with the finished pair! They look great with my robe. Now I can swan around looking put together even when I'm still on auto-pilot (I'm never fully functioning until at least two cups of coffee into the day!)
The design possibilities for these soles are practically endless and I can vouch for how surprisingly comfy they are! What can I say, get yourself a pair - you'll love them too! I just want Prym to make a wedged version too!!
Thanks so much Minerva for sending me the soles in return for this review - I'm genuinely thrilled with them! 
Until next time, you can find me over on Minerva Crafts Blogger Network, on Instagram and on my own blog Sew Sarah Smith! 
Happy sewing! 
Sarah x
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The Deer & Doe Centaurée Dress by Sophie

We meet again, awesome people! 

Sophie from www.sopbac.com here to tell you more about my use of this Cotton Lawn Fabric with an embroidered border detail in the silver grey colour I had the privilege to be testing out for Minerva Crafts as one of their product testers. 

With the fabric, I made the Centaurée dress Sewing Pattern from Deer and Doe. Other tools I used for the dress that might be helpful is a Bias Binding Maker.

I choose to make the Centaurée dress pattern from Deer and Doe for this fabric. I am making one for my sister for my wedding, so I’m testing the pattern out. You can also get any of the Deer and Doe Patterns here at Minerva Crafts.

With the Centaurée dress pattern, I did three things for the first time. Always learning! First, my first time using a border print fabric. Second, I made my first own bias binding tape. Third, my first scalloped hem.

My first thought for the bias binding straps was to use store bought contrasting binding. After a while, I thought to myself, why? I have the tools to make the binding, am I really not going to do it just because I’m “scared”? No way. It was really easy to make. I don’t know why I hesitated. In retrospective, I think it would be even easier if the fabric was a bit stiffer than the light weight of the cotton lawn this was, but I made it! The bias binding is being used for the straps and to finish off the raw edges around the bodice since the pattern isn’t lined.

I love the interesting bodice in this pattern. It is made up of six pieces with a centre intersection. Great opportunity to do some contrasting piping. I didn’t do it because I thought the bias binding straps should be the same colour as the piping.

I wanted to show the beautiful floral embroidered border as much as I could. The most natural way to do this was to cut it as a hem of the gathered skirt in the pattern. That means cutting it along the selvedge.

The embroidered pattern had a scalloped hem. I wanted to make that hem shine through a bit more. And it’s always fun with something new. I serged the raw edges of the hem and folded it up, right sides together. Since the scallops of the hem are made up by two small scallops on either side of a bigger scallop I turned it into one whole. It made it much easier. Then I sewed along the scalloped, cut it as near my stitching as possible, turned and pressed the hem. I think it looks fantastic!

I didn’t do any alterations to the pattern at all, and I’m happy with the fit in general. The fabric is a cotton lawn, so it’s naturally thin and light. I probably should have lined the dress, but I figured nude underwear would solve the problem. It might be a bit sheer if you’re using a coloured undergarment. On the other hand, the light fabric is a  perfect addition to a summer wardrobe!

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Bees Knees Postcard Pattern Review by Emma

Sometimes it's nice as a sew-person to have really simple instructions on a little card so you are not battling through reams of paper instructions or pausing and starting YouTube. However, sometimes a simple piece of card can leave you a little confused too. 

The Villa Rosa Designs Quilting Patterns are just that, a little postcard with all you need to make this quilt.

It tells you what you need (8 fat quarters and 2 and a quarter yards of fabric). Then has some very basic instructions on putting it together. 

Away I went, I sliced my fat quarters up. I love using Fat Quarters for Quilts, they are so readily available and usually so well coordinated. I know you see lots of tutorials about what to make with fat quarters but I find quilts the most satisfying by far. I chose a lovely bundle in spring greens which came as a pack of 7 so I added one more from a woodland themed pack I had. 

I sliced and labelled, determined to be organised so the simple instructions didnt catch me out.

I really enjoy the process of sewing up strips like this, I find it one of the most relaxing parts of sewing, something that takes little concentration and you can do whilst the TV or radio is on. It was slightly overshadowed here by my nerves though as I was worried I would get the placements wrong and I could see that this is would be crucial to the design. It meant that I didn't manage to do much chain stitching, as I wanted to get it right but I'm sure a more experienced quilter would be able to whiz through this. 

At this point the pieces look like this... 

I then sliced them in to five inch pieces, this is where it got sticky because it says to make 4 lots of 5 inches from each strip, I'm not sure if I did it wrong or the fat quarters were not to be relied upon but I could only get three lots of 5 inch squares out of some of my Strips. However, I've made it work so don't give up on this just yet!! I suspect that there is a direction in which to cut the fat quarters and in it's determination to be concise there isn't any tips like this on the card. 

I am not an experienced quilter so I don't want to patronise anyone but the trick to getting this right is to continually label up and make sure everything is facing the right direction. 

I began to piece together the strips using the code on the card and luckily, because of the way the blocks line up I managed to skip around the 'not enough blocks' situation and sewed the patterns in place. It has just meant that the quilt is shorter than it should be. Not the end of the world. Luckily, I left the theme fabric until the end so I was able to cut it to size.

However, I was unable to get the pattern running throughout like the mirror image it shows on the card as I didn't have enough pieces but I still think it looks effective. You can still see a pattern between the block, I feel. 

As you can see, there's quite a lot of doing as you see best or that fits.

I quilted it by using chunky straight lines as I don't have the equipment, time or patience to freehand or motion quilt and I think it looks really smart. 

As much as the colours I chose are pretty, I think to really make the most of the pattern it needs really bright or contrasting colours. I think it would help the pattern and make it look a little bit more modern. What do you think? 

In conclusion, whilst I think it's a charming little quilt and a quick way to make a really effective pattern for a cute quilt, my warning would be that it is definitely not for beginners! Measure, measure again and label the life out of it!

Thanks for reading,

Emma @ Emma and her Machine

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Review: Crafty Pompoms by Sylvia!

Who doesn’t love pompoms? I was so excited to receive these Clover Pompom Makers from Minerva Crafts to review. In this review, I’ll be giving a few tips on how to make the use of these tools easier. The advantage of making your own pompoms versus buying store bought pompoms is you can make it as fluffy, as big or small and as colorful as you want.

I started doing ‘research’ right away (pinterest, instagram, etc) to figure out what to make with these treasures. I was so overwhelmed with all the crafts you can make with pompoms, I finally decided to make something I’ll actually use regularly so to try I decided to make bookmarks and a wall art.

Tip #1: Use a small scissors such as an embroidery scissors especially if you have an extra small maker. 

I received a small and an extra small package. One advice I have for anyone planning to buy these makers especially in the extra small size is make sure you have small scissors (such as embroidery scissors) as well. This will make cutting the yarn once it’s wrapped around the tool easy to cut. I struggled with my scissors for a while but once I switched over to my Embroidery Scissors, I was in pompom heaven!

Tip #2: The more yarn you wrap around, the fluffier your pompom gets.

I wanted medium fluffiness for my bookmark, which was inspired by several pinterest posts. I used the small pompom tool to make these, cut out hearts from felts to cover the knot on the other end by sewing a pair of the felt hearts together and voila! You have yourself a fun, diy, and functional craft!

Tip #3: Tie more than one knot when securing your pompom. 

This helps ensure that the yarn is strongly in place. I made a wall art piece using all the sizes I received, another pinterest inspired project. This will find a home in my sewing room soon.

The instructions on the back on the pompom packaging are great but it still took me three pompoms to get used to making perfect pompoms. So don’t expect to have a perfect one the first time. Just keep at it and you’ll find you get better with each pompom you make. Enjoy and go crazy with these little treasures!

Sylvia from The Ravel Out

XOXO

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Minerva Crafts News: Our Darwen Bricks and Mortar Shop will Close 27th August

Hello,
Today we bring you news of a new chapter for Minerva Crafts. It is a family business run by myself (Vicki) and my mum and dad, (Annette and Phil), and the three of us have worked together in the business since I was 8 years old.
As some of you will know, Minerva Crafts not only sell online, we also have a physical retail shop called the 'Minerva Craft Centre' at our base in Darwen, Lancashire, which is attached to our warehouse. The shop has been very successful for us and we are very proud to have won 3 awards for it over the last 5 years. It is my mum Annette who has run the "bricks and mortar" side of the business for us, with a fantastic team of staff, whereas my dad and I look after the "online" side of the business.
My mum decided a year ago, after working 6/7 days a week for as long as I can remember, to take a bit more time away from work and spend a few days a week looking after the newest addition to our family - her grand-daughter, baby Emily - whom we all adore. We all feel really happy about my mum doing this, as it is definitely the best thing personally for her to do right now.
With my mum now working less hours, we have been faced with a decision about what to do with the managing of the shop. Our shop and the online side of the business run completely separately from each other and are very different (even though they sell the same products!). Our shop is huge and it takes a huge amount of resources in both time and money to keep it running. For about a year now we have been running it with my mum only working part time and we have definitely felt the strain. We have known for some time now that something had to give. 
We do feel, very strongly, that we wish to remain a family run company with us at the heart of it. It just wouldn't be the same for us to run the shop with anyone else other than my mum. We also face the same struggles that many shops do nowadays, with increased costs at every turn, and the shop would struggle to support a bigger team of staff than it does currently. We have, therefore, finally come to a decision and decided to close our shop. This has not been, in any way, an easy decision for us, and we have been considering the idea - toying backwards and forwards for a long time now - to make sure we are making the right decision. 
We are sincerely sorry to every customer who only shops with us in our physical shop - we are sure there will be many of you who will be very disappointed to see the shop close. We hope that you will understand our decision in this rapidly changing world, and we hope you will continue to support us in our new chapter.
On a positive note, we are very much looking to the future here at Minerva HQ. We are looking forward to being able to fully concentrate on the online side of our business which we absolutely love. We can put our full efforts and energies into our website and serving our amazing customers all over the world. The shop space will be fully utilised for more warehousing, which will allow us to introduce even more beautiful products to our range on the website. Also, our fantastic team of staff in the shop are all fully trained in the warehouse too, so nobody will be leaving us.
My mum is really looking forward to now being able to spend more time sewing and making things with all our beautiful products. Her role at Minerva will, of course, change and now she will be able to focus on writing informative and inspirational posts for the Minerva Crafts blog. My mum has been a dressmaker and crafter all her life and has so much inspiration and knowledge to share, I am sure you are going to love all of her ideas!
It will be a very sad day for us to see the shop close, but we are all fully embracing this new chapter here at Minerva. We can only apologise again to everyone who will miss being able to use our shop and we hope that you will understand our desicion and will continue to support us in the future.
If you prefer to talk to someone rather than shop online, you will be able to place an order with us over the telephone on 01254 708068. You will also be able to arrange to collect your parcel from us if you live locally. This allows you to view over 100,000 products that we now sell! This would never have been possible just by visiting the shop.
We plan to close the shop on the 27th of August 2017, so our last day of trading will be Saturday the 26th of August. For any of our customers who are Minerva Craft Club members, and who only purchase from us in the shop - please pop in with your card between now and then, if you wish to cancel your subscription. A refund will be made for the remainder of the period.
Thank you for reading and for your continued support over the years,
Vicki, Annette and Phil
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#PatternoftheWeek - McCalls 7566

Summer is in full bloom (I saw that on a bill board this morning and thought mmmm is it?) and what better way to celebrate it than to wear something soft and floaty. Whether you are going to a summer barbecue with friends or simply lounging around, sipping a cocktail, on your long awaited holiday. McCalls Sewing Pattern 7566 fits the bill perfectly.
This is such a pretty style and shows femininity at its best. Version C and D have a gorgeous full cape down to the waist. This cape is all in one piece across the back as the following photo of the lineart shows, therefore the zip for this is sewn within the seam. 
The following photo shows how the neck edge of the back seam is sewn together with the zip starting about 2" down...
This allows the cape to be sewn in one piece and therefore flow freely.
After the cape is pinned on to the bodice the lining is then attached and the neckline then sewn all in one go. 
When the lining is turned to the inside the cape is enclosed between the two layers. My choice of fabrics for today are Georgette Fabrics and our generic description for these beautiful fabrics on our website is as follows...
"Georgette fabric is distinctive for its crinkly crepe-like texture, which feels slightly rough and dull, but gives the fabric a bouncy, flowing look. The overall appearance is slightly sheer, since the threads are very thin. The crepe-like texture of georgette fabric makes it very springy, so that the fabric almost appears to move on its own. It also drapes very well, making it a popular choice for women's clothing. Since georgette fabric is thin, it is also lightweight, and can be used as a layer in a larger garment without being heavy or bulky. Layers of georgette fabric may be used for a fanciful effect, especially in gowns and special occasion wear. Bridal gowns, evening dresses, and other formal wear are often made with georgette fabric because of these beautiful qualities. At Minerva Crafts we stock a lovely range of plain georgette fabrics with an ever changing range of georgette prints throughout the year".
My first choice for today is this Floral Fabric. This also comes in blues, so pretty.
This would look lovely made up as version C and is £5.99 per mt. I love those Rose Gold Scissors that just happened to appear in the photo, these are a very traditional scissor but have a very modern twist with the rose gold handles. The fabric is a slightly heavier fabric than the others I am showing you today but it is still very soft and flowing.
My choice for version D is this fab Paisley Fabric, a little higher in price at £8.99 per mt.
This is quite a large design so I feel it is quite suited to a maxi dress.
I love the frill on version A and this is sewn in a similar way to the cape version, the frill enclosed within the neckline seam but this time the zip goes straight to the top. Yes of course we have lots of self-coloured georgettes (as it looks on the pattern) but I wanted to show you something a little different. So I have chose this spotty Georgette Fabric. This is on offer at an amazing price of just £2.99 per mt. Yes you read that right!!
Take a look at some new sewing bits and bobs all from the Prym range....
I love the colour, a very pretty turquoise with white spots. My favourites are the Magnetic Pin Tray and the Magnetic Needle Holder. If you have never seen one of these before you 'wind up' the needle case to choose your needle and even if you tip it upside down they will not fall out. These two items are invaluable to me.
Last but not least for fabric today is this gorgeous multicoloured print Fabric... 
This is simply stunning and for me would make up perfectly as version B. This is the same basic dress but has been kept quite simple. Perfect for this very bright fabric because there are no frills or capes, just a V-neck, sleeveless and falling to the floor. 
Hope you've enjoyed today's picks and thanks for reading,
Annette xx
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Crochet Sandal Espadrilles by Mady

Hi everyone!

It’s summer and of course it’s all about summer clothes, accessories and SHOES! But, who knew that making shoes is actually easy? Making my own espadrilles was on my mind for a long time now, so when I got the chance to test Prym's Espadrilles Soles from Minerva Crafts I was beyond happy! I thought a lot about what kind of espadrilles I would like to make with these soles and had a good internet search about them. I also found a little bit about their history: espadrilles begun as a peasant footwear and then become the urban workers footwear before becoming such a popular modern footwear over the spring and summer months for both women and men.

The design possibilities are endless and after my research I came to the conclusion that I wanted mine to be some kind of crocheted sandals. 

Searching for different types of espadrille sandals, I came across this video and I decided to loosely follow the instructions for my version. So, with step one (deciding the design) done, I was off to step two (the yarn!). 

When I discovered Katia's Tahiti yarn I knew I found the perfect yarn for this project. Tahiti is a 100% combed and mercerized cotton yarn with a really great color selection. I went with colorways 7 (beige) and 8 (light beige).

I used a 5.5mm crochet hook and made the whole design holding together one strand of each yarn for a more bulky look and sturdy design. It was a really quick, easy and satisfying project!

When I finished crocheting the sandal design for both shoes, I used a burlap yarn and a heavy duty needle to attach the crocheted pieces to the Prym espadrille soles. For this I used a blanket stitch - a very common stitch in espadrilles - which creates a really sturdy and good looking join.

Next I made the ties of the shoes by chaining many stitches holding together one strand of each yarn until I had a long strip I could wrap loosely around my ankle and I thread them through the crocheted pieces.

I'm so in love with my new, unique espadrille sandals! I would totally recommend Creating Your Own Espadrilles with Prym’s soles. It is so much fun and such a worthy outcome!

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Summer Fabric Bundle Review by Emma

For my latest review for Minerva I opted to try to Summer Fabric Bundle. I was a bit cautious as obviously you don't know what you are going to get. However, I wasn't disappointed. I have worked with bundles before but they are usually much smaller pieces that can be used for crafts, make up bags etc. This bundle came with two 1 metre pieces and another piece which was 3 metres long so a definite bargain straight away.

I set about thinking immediately, I thought I'd find it difficult to be creative with fabric I hadn't chosen but I felt inspired. I had just made a successful version of Mccalls Pattern 6927 so I decided to make another summery version using the white floral piece. 

I wanted to do version D which has a long length and a curved back hem line and realised I wouldn't have enough, I can rarely make a top in my size with a metre. Anyway, I thought I could maybe use two different fabrics and I improvised. I went looking through my stash for a fabric that matched and then had a light bulb moment as I looked up the green cotton that had come with it. Bingo. So I cut the beginnings of the top bodice, stopping just before the bust darts and cut the remaining front in the green. I cut the sleeves out of the floral too as I didn't want to clash too much! I think it was a good choice, the green contrasts but ties in with the green in the flowers. 

I love making this top too, it has lots of variations and a great fit. I used bias binding all around instead of facing, especially on the curved hem as I find it can make it easier. I was really pleased to have such a wearable, bright top out of the two smaller pieces.

What's more, I had enough green left over to make some super cute little baby trousers for a friend who is having a baby. This was an absolute bonus for me. They were really simple but I think simple is good for babies. It also meant I could whip them up alongside sewing my top! I am thinking of embroidering some little flowers along the hem if it's a girl though! 

On to the last piece; it was a see-through chiffon number. I always class purple colours like this at autumnal so I didn't feel it was too summery but it is a light fabric at least. I decided to make the Cotton and Chalk Olivia Dress again as I thought I would then be able to wear it over a black slip.

The pattern needs 3 metres and there was plenty and even enough to add the optional ruffles. I don't have a lot of experience with this kind of material so it was great to try it out in such an inexpensive way. I have other chiffons which I have bought and love but I haven't braved sewing up yet because of my inexperience with them so it was great to practice on this. It didn't go badly at all, the whole dress needed French seams, which means that it wasn't as quick as a project as I would like but I like to make sure that things will last. 

I still wasn't sure throughout the making process if the colours were a bit drab for my liking but once it was done I really liked it and I will be wearing it through summer and autumn.

My advice for this product: relish the unexpected nature of it and allow it to let you think outside your comfort zone and test your creativity! If you're new to sewing like me then take the opportunity to try different fabrics in a way that doesn't leave you feeling you've thrown your money away!

Thanks for reading,

Emma @ Emma and her Machine

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#FabricFriday - Cheap and Cheerful Polycottons

Cheap and Cheerful certainly applies to our vast collection of Polycotton Fabrics here at Minerva. There is virtually something for every subject under the sun. I thought today we would look at a few childrens designs and some ways of using this never-ending choice. My first choice would be to make Simplicity Pattern 8098.
The sizes on this range from XXS which would be a prem size up to L which is for approx 18 months old or up to 24lb. Remember you must measure! I adore version D and would use polycotton Gingham Fabric at £3.99 per mt (this is the most expensive fabric for today) together with our Pretty Flower Print Fabric at £2.99 per mt. 
Instead of making a bow out of another length of blue gingham (unless you have any in your stash that is) I would make my bow out of Berisfords Gingham Ribbon. For this combination I would use 40mm wide and colour 5 which is a pretty pale blue. Don't you think this would look absolutely stunning. If you prefer the colour a little bolder try the Royal gingham ribbon.
Yet another Simplicity Sewing Pattern has 'jumped' out of the pages at me and that is no 1449...
The fabric I have chose to show you is our 'Ditzy Daisy' print Polycotton Fabric...
I love the colours of the little flowers especially the mustard one. Mmmmmm that's a thought for another day! Version A and B is the one made up on the model and just look at that hat. What little girl wouldn't like that? And remember this is a fab sunhat. You may even get the little one to actually wear it with it matching the pretty dress. The dress (version A and B) is layered in gathered panels, just like we used to make gypsy skirts! But you can make it with just one frill around the bottom or without a frill altogether. The gathers round the neckline and those little puff sleeves look so cute.
Florals aren't everybodys choice so how about our Alphabet Print Polycotton Fabric. Again this would lend itself perfectly to this pattern.
Right, next on the agenda is the older girl. Ok so they would probably run a mile if you suggested either of the last 2 fabrics but I will not be beat! Take a look at Simplicity Pattern 8354...
Especially look at version D...
The pattern for the little cropped top is also included in this pattern but made in jersey. Among the suggested fabrics for the shorts are cottons and denims so why not choose a Denim Coloured Polycotton Fabric
My Grandaughter Jess, who is now 19 says she would love this outfit for her hols. So I think I've chose OK.
Hey I must not forget the young men out there. Check out Burda Pattern 9436...
What do you think of this combination below? This is the Car Print Fabric and this also comes in blue where the dominant car colour is blue but still on a white background. I've teamed this with red polycotton again all at £2.99 per mt.
Here's something worth mentioning about this combination - this polycotton is very fine and quite see-through as in when you place it over the red you can sort of see the red through it. So my thoughts are as follows; this fabric would be absolutely ideal for a holiday shirt for your little boy and apart from looking quite cool (hehe) it would actually be quite cool. So the problem is those knee patches, why not use some iron-on interfacing, this would make it less see-through and also give it a little more strength in 'that' area. Likewise you could use some bondaweb and bond the car fabric onto some plain white cotton from your stash. I know I'm not focusing on patterns today as such but I must show you the line art of this little boys outfit...
You may have noticed while looking at the pattern a ribbed border has been used on version B and D. For this I would use Prym Ribbing and while on an adults garment this would be just enough for round the bottom edge, I'm pretty sure 1 pk would be enough for everything on this pattern, even round the armholes on the little shirt. The following is a photo of a 'rough' drawing of how I would divide the piece.
The bigger piece would be folded in half along the length for the waistband of the trousers and the rest would be divided into 4 smaller pieces, again folded in half along the length, for the bottoms of the legs and for the sleeve edgings.
I feel todays post shows you don't have to spend a fortune to dress your little ones in something special. Apart from the gingham, everything is priced at just £2.99 per mt and I feel the patterns I have mentioned could each be used to make various outfits. Plus, all the patterns I have mentioned today are currently on sale at Half price in our Biggest Ever Sewing Pattern Sale here at Minerva Crafts, so that will save you even more!
And yet again thanks for reading,
Annette xx

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