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Silk Haori-Style Jacket

There's an old saying that goes “You can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear.” Whatever the meaning of that may be, today I'll show you how I made a silk haori-style jacket, printed with multiple animal species' ears on it. Don't worry! Its not as weird as I just made it sound. In fact, its gorgeous, and quirky in all the right ways. Lets get to it.

This is a beautiful light-weight Silk Fabric in a cool-toned neutral colourway, with a Victorian lace-style print. Framed within the lace is lithograph-like portraits of various animals, including flamingos and giraffes. The combination of traditional with comically-cute is refreshing and sure to spark some creativity!

The fabric drapes nicely but doesn't weigh down. I think it will lend itself perfectly to blouses and dresses and a light cover-up- like this one!

I chose the Kimono jacket pattern by Sew Over it. This is a simple haori style with drop sleeves and 2 length options. ( I made the long length, I am 5'9” or 175cm for reference.) This is an easy pattern for any sewing level and doesn't require much fitting. It sews up in an evening at a relaxed pace.

To prepare the fabric, start as you mean to go on. In other words, if you will hand-wash your silk henceforth, hand-wash it now. I machine-washed mine on a delicate cycle in cold water and hung to dry. (In case you can't tell, it came out great.) I pressed on silk-setting with my non-steam iron and used my usual muslin pressing cloth. I didn't get a super crisp fold but here I am not too particular about that. I used a universal needle in my sewing machine, a slightly shorter stitch length, and didn't hit any snags sewing it. (Haha! Get it? Snags? Because really didn't though.)

As I mentioned, its a nice evening sew, and the animal faces gave me a chuckle as they ran by. I added a lace trim to the bottom hem for interest as well as some added weight. I simply sewed it by machine to the front of the finished hem. Beautiful!

I have been thinking quite a lot about scraps and how to use them. I make a concious effort to cut fabric out as judiciously as possible but still manage to accumulate quite a pile. (There are a few poufs/dog beds in my future!) The obvious scrap-busting project from a silk garment is a scarf but keep any sizable pieces for pockets, linings and even facings in other garments. A silk scarf is lovely and timeless and makes a thoughtful gift. This is a rectangle measuring 20”x35”.

I used a rolled-hem foot on my machine but there are ways to finish the edges by hand or with a serger (Youtube is your friend. And mine.) I really enjoy the rolled-hem foot. The key is to keep the fabric folded at just the right width as it runs through. I started on a very slow-speed until it became more natural. You can conquer this technique, if you haven't already!

I like to have a scarf handy (looped through the strap of my bag) in case of wind and/or at the beach- when even a pixie-cut can get wild.

Do you like sewing with silk? How about giraffes and flamingos? Go for it!

Thanks for reading,




When spring time rolls around, I can't help but pull out all of my dresses that have been hiding away in my back room closet over winter. Seeing all of the floaty, bright, happy colors and prints makes me so excited to get outside to enjoy the spring breeze and soon-to-be-summer sun!Recently, though, I've run into a conundrum. For most of my life I have been a 100% dress girl. They are so easy to throw on and they are an entire outfit in one. However, I sometimes wish I could take my favorite dresses apart so that I can mix and match them with other items in my closet! Sometimes I can get away with doing just that by layering a cute top over a full skirted dress, but other times, it's just not feasible to have my dress be anything more than a dress.So I gave myself a challenge for this specific blog post. I wanted to create a two piece set that would look like a super awesome spring dress when worn together but could easily be paired with other items in my closet when the time came to mix-n-match!
When I saw the Timeless Treasures Cotton Poplin Fabric on the Minerva site, I just about died. It is literally my dream fabric, with my dream flowers & garden, and even my dream bike- down to the color! I knew this would be the perfect fabric to use for my first experiment with making a two piece dress set!I wound up using Simplicity pattern 8130, View A.
I omitted the little flap over piece around the bust and I made the sweetheart a bit more dramatic! I absolutely LOVE using this pattern. I made a similar top from Rifle Paper Co. Fabric for a friend last year and it was so stunning, I knew I needed one in my closet as well!For the skirt, I wanted to continue the button trend that is found in the back of the top pattern and bring those around to the front of the skirt. The skirt was self drafted and I made it in a way that it could easily be worn with the buttons in the back if I wanted to keep that line continuous but there is something so fun about having multiple buttons in a variety of places! Especially since these buttons are super special to me.
These buttons were created using scraps of fabric left over from my studio. I sent the scraps to an amazing woman named Kira of Aggie and Harry and she transformed those scraps into literally a thousand buttons! I dip into my stash of buttons as often as I can because I just love that they were created using the “waste” of my little studio.
Because this fabric lends itself to a very vintage aesthetic, I decided to add some extra fun details to the design. I trimmed my patch pockets with some vintage lace that I've had in my studio for forever but I didn't stop with the lace there! I also added it to the inside hem- I know that no one else will really see this sweet little detail but that's ok. It's a little surprise just for me!
After all was said and done, I think this two piece dress worked out exactly how I had hoped it would! I paired it with a few different items in my wardrobe (after photographing the entire outfit together- isn't it such a fun dress?!) and each time it worked really well! Plus, I feel like each outfit has a slightly different vibe, which is perfect as I can now wear my “dress” no matter what style mood I might be in on any given day!
Do you have a favorite dress that you wish you could take apart and make into separates? To me it really is all about making my wardrobe go a little bit farther and last a little bit longer and with this dress, I think I achieved exactly what I set out to achieve!
Thanks for reading,
Brittani @ Untitled Thoughts

Butterick 5748 Waffle Dress


I must confess that I am truly enjoying making all the summer dresses. Maybe, I am exaggerating a little bit but I am making mainly dresses and this project is no exception.

This pattern has been in my wish list for some time but only recently felt more confident to actually buy and make it. The pattern is the Butterick 5748, a reproduction of a 1960’s pattern.

Because I haven’t used Butterick patterns that much and also because the bodice is meant to be fitted, I used the lining as a toile so that even if some adjustments were needed, I wouldn’t waste too much time or fabric. Please mind you, I do not think that a muslin is a waste of time, I was just trying to speed a little bit without skipping an important step.

In the end I didn’t need to make more adjustments than the ones I usually do and made a size 8 graded to 10 at the waist and hip, taking 4cm to the skirt. However, I did make some small alterations. This dress is fully lined but I omitted the skirt lining as I thought that if I was going to wear a petticoat it wouldn’t be really needed and instead, handstitched the bodice lining encasing the waist seam. Also, instead of a regular zipper, I used an invisible one. Not only do I prefer the way it looks but also I find it easier to attach, especially if I only sew the skirt side seam after attaching the zipper.

Now, about the fabric, I used a Waffle Cotton Fabric in colour Cornflour Blue and I must say that I thought the fabric would be a little different. My fault entirely, as the description is very clear but, I imagined it more like a pique and in reality, it has more of a 3D effect and waffle describes it perfectly. Although not being what I had in mind initially, it surprised me how well it worked with the darts (there are 6) and even inserting the invisible zipper.

I did not find the fabric hard to work with but I found it helpful to use a walking foot. The fabric is not stretchy horizontally or vertically but if cut on bias it is slightly more stretchy than other woven fabrics. That is all alright but because it is a circle skirt, I had to trim a little off some areas before hemming. This would have happened with other woven fabrics as well I suppose, as the instructions advise to hang the dress for 24h before hemming and trim a little if necessary.

I found the fabric works well for making clothes, it feels nice to wear and it feels really nice for warmer temperatures. In the end, I have a dress that I really like, the colour is very beautiful and I might have had a little bit too much fun twirling while taking photos. Now I know why my girls keep asking me for dresses with circle skirts!

Many thanks Minerva for the gorgeous fabric for this project and to you for reading.

Happy sewing,

Maria x

A Pinch of Sewing


Animal Print, Wrap Front Dress

Hi guys

Soraya back on the blog again today!

This month I made a gorgeous animal print wrap front dress and I'm absolutely in love with it!

It turned out super pretty and was well received when I shared it sewcially on Instagram!

The fabric I chose this month was this beautiful Leopard Print Scuba Crepe. It has a lovely crepe texture to it but a soft smooth scuba back.

The pattern I used was a the Simple Sew Lena Wrap Dress. Simple Sew is a UK based indie pattern company that currently only sells paper patterns. I believe I got my hands of the Lena Wrap Dress Pattern, free with a magazine.

I think the company name is really spot on as a lot of their patterns are super easy and simple to sew up.They have a lot of staple pieces and a few knockout dresses. All in all, very pretty.

The Lena Dress has a faux wrap front. This is great as you don't have any risk of it popping open on you. Adding to its ease of wear and construction it doesn't have any closures, you just slip it over your head! So, no need to keep retying or readjusting! Yay!

The Lena also has colour blocking options as the skirt is in 2 pieces as well as the waistband being its own separate piece.I think the overall finished dress turned out amazing!

Due to it being made of a scuba crepe fabric it is going to be perfect for the cooler weather. I feel like because it also has the 3/4 sleeves it is its own complete outfit, which is great. If I get cold though, I think paring it with a slinky black cardigan would work perfectly.

I decided to style the dress with coordinating black flats, with my hair back in a black headband and a sassy red lip. I feel a real 60's vibe.

All in all I’m very very happy with this dress and fabric. It is absolutely gorgeous and I’m glad I can add it to my handmade wardrobe. Super flattering and well-fitting straight out of the envelope it is just dream.

Hopefully my beautiful make will inspire you to make something! Leopard print is making a comeback and I’m so happy about it! Don’t be afraid to try out new prints and textures and make it your own.

Feel free to follow along with my sewing adventures on Instagram @sewnbysoraya


Polka Dot Cleo

Hi everyone, it’s Christine from @the_alchymyst here and I’m delighted to be here sharing my version of the Tilly and the Buttons Cleo dress with you.

I have to admit I’m a little late to the Cleo party. I’ve seen so many lovely examples of this dress online but even though I love a dungaree dress I’d never got around to making myself one, so when Minerva offered me the opportunity to try some of their fabulous printed cotton Needlecord Fabric I jumped at the chance to make my very own Cleo.

The polka dot needlecord I used comes in a choice of black, red or navy and I chose to use the black colourway. It’s a medium weight 100% cotton needlecord, soft, but with enough body to hold its shape. The printed spots are approximately 4mm in diameter – big enough to make a statement without being overpowering.

The pattern, as with all Tilly and the Buttons’ physical patterns, is printed on a lovely durable paper which is heavier than the tissue you might be more used to and comes in a strong paper packet with a beautifully printed instruction booklet containing easy to follow, friendly directions and clear photographs of each step. You have a choice of two length options for your Cleo - mini or knee length. I chose to make the knee-length version with front split.

Pattern pieces are provided for optional large top and smaller hip pockets, which can be added in any combination. I went for the top pocket and rear hip pockets and due to the patterned fabric, chose to omit the contrasting topstitching, although I would definitely add it on a plain fabric as I think it fits the styling of the Cleo very well. You also have the option of using a pinafore style button and button hole closure or the more traditional dungaree buckle fastening. I chose to use the buckles and jeans style buttons because I love the retro-styling look they give. Also there was something deeply satisfying about whacking in the jeans style buttons with a hammer!

The pattern is sized from 1 (UK 6) to 8 (UK 20) and is true to size, I cut a size 5 (UK 14) at the bodice/waist tapering out to a size 6 (UK 16) at the hip line and was very pleased with the fit.

My Cleo was fun and easy to sew, going together in an afternoon and is very comfortable to wear, as you can see I walked several miles in it whilst we were shooting these photos. It is also extremely versatile, especially in this lovely corduroy and I can imagine wearing it with a snuggly long sleeved top and woolly tights in the colder weather just as much as with a t-shirt in the summer.

I am completely smitten with this pattern and am already planning my next Cleo, maybe in a nice stretch coloured denim this time…

Thank you to Minerva for the supplies and thank you for reading.

Christine @the_alchymyst


Washed Denim Isca Shirt Dress

Scanning through the list of fabulous fabric at Minerva was mind blowing.  This year I’m really trying to consider what fabrics I sew up as I’m totally guilty of making us lovely garments but then not having tops or bottoms to match them with which I’m sure a lot of your sewers can relate to.  So when I spotted a few denim options I was sold as denim goes with everything!  I chose a classic blue lightweight soft washed Denim Fabric.  
Obviously denim weights vary massively and although this was described as lightweight I couldn’t be 100% sure how lightweight until I had actually received the fabric, so this did mean at the time of ordering I had no idea what I was going to make. I ordered 2.5 meters figuring this would give me plenty to play around with, particularly being a good 60 inch wide.
What I received didn’t disappoint. This is definitely not a denim suitable for jeans.  I would say it feels more like a chambray weight and it does have a little bit of drape to it.  But it is suitable for all sorts of garments including dresses, skirts and tops.  It would make a fantastic classic denim shirt.  You could probably get away with making lightweight summer trousers or a jumpsuit (which I did consider) but not trousers that are going to have more strain put on them.
Anyway onto what I actually did make with the fabric. I made the Isca Shirt Dress by Marilla Walker.  
I absolutely love Marillas patterns and have wanted to make this dress for ages.  I have met Marilla in person and she was actually wearing a Tencel denim version which was just stunning! 
The pattern gives you two options with the first being a standard fitted shirt style top with collar stand and collar with a relaxed waist and gathered skirt. The second version is a semi loose draped front dress that wraps to one side and is secured with a tie belt.  Both versions have a 3/4 length sleeve.  I chose to make up version 2 but both would be perfectly suited to this fabric.
What I love about this pattern are the details.  The inside of the dress is as neat as the outside as most seams are finished using a lapped seam.  Basically this is like the flat felted seam finish you see on jeans so all raw edges are encased within the seam allowance.  This fabric is just ideal to show off these seams (I did contemplate using a different colour top stitch but stuck with blue).
Another lovely feature are the reinforced shoulders.  Again this gives a beautiful clean finish on the inside but gives a touch of something different on the outside
But the most ingenious thing about the version I made is the front wrap.  I must admit there was a little bit of head scratching going on when I was looking at the flat pattern pieces layed out as I couldn’t quite envisage how they would go together.
The main front is one large piece cut on the fold with an added front yoke.  The whole thing is then finished with a band that runs the entire circumference of the neck.  The tie band is secured to the middle of the front piece.  So before it’s tied it looks like one large open pouch (as my husband put it!!).  Hopefully you get the idea from the following picture
To create the wrap the tie is then pulled to the left hand side of the dress and is fed through a neat little belt loop attached at the side seam.
The back is quite straight forward as far as construction goes.  The top has darts running down to the waist line so giving a bit of definition.  Darts also run down the back of the skirt.  The top and bottom are attached with a lapped seam.
And of course it has pockets!  This version has patch pockets that sit on an angle.  
After my initial head scratching the dress was pretty easy to sew up.  It does take a little bit of time as in effect you’re sewing the seams twice and there are quite a few pattern pieces.  But as long as you read and follow the instructions carefully and make sure you mark all your notches (I even used tailor tacks!) it comes together perfectly.  
I almost forgot to say, I had to be resourceful with pattern placement as the pattern called for 2.8 meters for my size but I managed to fit it on to the 2.5 meters I had with just an odd shaped remnant left (so no room for mistakes).
The only down side I had with the fabric is it didn’t like a hot iron.  I assumed being a denim it would withstand a hot iron but I managed to scold the fabric, thankfully it’s on the inside and has just left a slight variation of blue!  Not sure if it was my iron and it had something stuck to the plate (probably glue from the interfacing!!!) But after that I aired on the side of caution.  
Also one word of warning - DON’T SIT ON A WHITE LEATHER SOFA IN THIS FABRIC.  Not until it’s had a few washes at least!  After spending the day happily sewing away I looked at my hands to find they had turned a deep shade of blue, and not from being cold :-) But that’s denim for you.
So all in all really pleased with the fabric and pattern and especially paired together.  I can’t wait to wear it, even though I still haven’t actually sewn the button on (The neck is secured at the front with a little button) but hey I might just stick a little pin badge on for now!
Thanks for reading and happy sewing
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Marrakesh Cotton Upton Dress

Hi, it's Diana and I'm back with another fabric review! Lately I've been taking a little extra time with my projects because I've transitioned into a new position at work and I lost my sewjo for a few weeks. One thing you should know about me is that I've only been sewing for two and a half years so I'm no expert but I'd like to inspire anyone who has recently started and encourage them to continue on their journey. I love sewing and I'd love to have perfectly fitting garments in the future but for now I'm focused on making things I like and improving my skills. 
We are entering our Spring season in California so a light dress is a perfect addition to my handmade wardrobe. I chose the 100% Cotton Spotty Fabric in red which is absolutely perfect for the Cashmerette Upton Dress. I used three meters of the fabric to make a size 20 (C cup), although I did have to pull some magic tricks to squeeze out the pockets. Keep in mind that the bodice is also lined and you have the option of adding sleeves with the sleeve expansion option.
Here are the fabric details:
- woven, non stretch
- 100 % Cotton
- Width is approx. 58.8"
- 4 color options
Don't forget to check out the care instructions when preparing your fabric for your project. I prewashed my fabric as soon as I got it in the mail and then pressed it. What makes my sewing time more enjoyable is when your fabric is of good quality and easy to work with. You'll be touching, pressing, seam ripping your fabric a lot so of course you want good quality fabric. I chose to finish my seams with a zig zag stitch instead of my serger and there wasn't very much fraying.
I purchased the paper pattern but if I had to go back, I would buy the pdf version. When I received the paper pattern I had a freak out moment because I've always had trouble with the paper patterns so I thought my project was doomed. I put off the project for a week and then I finally worked up the courage to start the project. I will say that if I would have known the pattern had so many darts and there is a little bit of hand sewing involved, I wouldn't have taken on this project. No regrets here, though. Sometimes you just have to go for it and I'm the type who doesn't make many muslins, which isn't always the best idea but I try to learn and improve. I made a quick muslin for the bodice to make sure it would fit okay and it did. 
If you choose to get the sleeve expansion, pay extra attention to the bodice construction because it defers depending on what sleeves you're making. On every step of the way, I tried on my dress making sure things were fitting okay but the problem is that I am only looking at the front . I never saw the finished dress from the back until my husband took my photos and I realized I needed some adjustments for a good fit on my back. I am a bit disappointed that I didn't think to take photos of the back as I went along but this is a lesson learned. I am very satisfied that the waistband matches up. I still need to work on my invisible zipper skills as the zipper is not so invisible....oopsies!
Lastly, I'll talk about the sleeves. I chose the tie sleeve option. Since the bodice is lined, the only way to have a clean look is to slipstitch the that point I wanted to give up because I had no idea how to slipstitch . Do not fear, there is always google or a YouTube video that can help you.
My stitching is a bit sloppy and I'm wondering if that has anything to do with the fit issue I have on one shoulder.... I have noticed my clothes hang differently on my shoulders so maybe this is a fitting "issue" I have to explore. Nevertheless, I'm very happy with my red dress!! Since the pattern has  two views with varying neck lines and skirt options, a cotton fabric is perfect for this pattern. Be sure to check out the other color options in this cotton fabric. Have fun sewing!
Thanks for reading,

Dress . 47

The Pattern: Cali Faye Collection -Dress . 47

I’ve had my eye on this pattern for a while, procrastinating over the fit and whether or not it would work for me. Having a ‘triangle’ figure with a petite top half I was nervous about the fit. I loved the style of the dress and how pretty it looked on the pattern. I did some research, checking out #dress47 so I could get an idea of what types of figures this pattern did suit. As it turns out, it suited them all. Inspired and reassured, I decided to go for it. I went ahead and purchased the pattern and had it printed A0, saving me a heap of time piecing pages together.

The Fabric: Robert Kaufman Union Chambray Denim Fabric

I’ve not had a lot of experience of sewing with denim fabric so it was something on my ‘Have a go’ list. I admire denim dresses but more often that not, the ones I see on the high street are quite heavy and stiff. Neither trait you’d want in a dress.

The chambray denim I chose to work with is a 100% cotton, lightweight fabric with a Herringbone pattern. Colour: Indigo.

When it arrived, I couldn’t quite believe how beautifully soft and drapey it was. Super soft and smooth to the touch. It went straight into the washing machine so I could get going the very next day.

The herringbone detail is so dainty that from afar, its almost absorbed into the weave. It’s only up close that you really appreciated the delicate aesthetic. 

Are you ready…? 

My goodness, what a success! I am in love with the elegant style and although the midriff  is on show, I don’t feel as overly exposed as I expected I would. The fabric turned out to be the star of the show as it lent itself beautifully to the drape and gathers.


The size chart for this pattern was invaluable. It stated that the waist measurement was the key measurement to determine your size. The top, tied together at the midriff is easily adjustable and the hip area had a lot of give thanks to the gathers. So having the waistband sit, snug but comfortable was the key element. 

 Here’s where the lovely Sarah Blaho, the designer of Cali Faye collection helped me out. I contacted her as the size bracket I fell into with my waist measurement was one size but on the 'Finished measurement’ chart my waist fit into a different size category. Sarah kindly advised me to go with the size best suited to my waist so I ended up going down a size. The deviation comes in the elastic element of the back skirt panel. Because I’d gone down a size, I didn’t have too much excess so my elastic tugs only slightly to the waist.

I read a blog post by a lady who had made 2 of these dresses, 1 with elastic in the back and 1 without. I found this really helpful as I didn’t think I’d need to add the elastic. However, she wrote that when she moves in the dress without elastic, the waistband starts shifting around, moving up the body and side to side. The dress she made with elastic stayed put and aesthetically looked so much better. I was sold, elastic it was. As I had less fabric to work with I did not use the amount of elastic recommended in the chart. I went the long way around, safety pinning the elastic in place, trying the dress on and checking for a comfortably, snug fit. This paid off and I am so glad I took this extra step.

As you can see, I did not manage an invisible zipper. I don’t know, I just can’t seem to crack that technique. Luckily it didn’t bother me for very long. Thrilled that I had actually inserted a functioning zipper, I busily set about hemming the sleeves and hemming the skirt. 

The pattern offered pockets too. As I knew the pockets would be right there, near the zipper tape; I made the decision to leave them out. I didn’t want any excess stress in the zipper department!

The dress pattern is designed so that the skirt hem falls around the knee of a 5’7” form. A mere 5’3”, I thought I’d not deviate the pattern just yet and that I’d adjust the hem at the end, once it’s on and I can get a clear view. 

I tried it on and I loved the extra length. With the additional skin on show on the top half, I felt the extra length in the skirt helped balance out the skin/cloth ratio. 

This dress is a winner in my eyes and I can’t wait to wear it. The fabric worked amazingly. I never had a fabric gather so easily! The light weave of the denim did result in fraying throughout construction, so something to bare in mind when cutting your own fabric pieces out. Maybe think about serging edges before constructing your garment?

The dress pattern is classified as Intermediate/Advanced level. I didn’t think there was anything too tricky, other than the zipper for me! I’m so glad I gave it a go. It’s just stunning. I feel so proud. 

Amazing pattern, amazing dress. Happy gal.

Katie @katie_berberich


Textured Woven Dress Coat: McCall's 7848

Hi Minerva Crafters,

Welcome back to the Minerva Crafts blog. Today, I am back on the blog sharing my review of McCall’s 7848 using this beautiful Coating Fabric from Minerva. Lately, I’ve been sewing jackets and coats nonstop. I remember a time when I was uncomfortable with the idea and kept putting it off. However, after completing my first blazer and moto jacket, I'm feeling more confident. I have found that I'm getting better after each coat or jacket I sew.


This textured woven coating Fabric comes in blue and coral. I made my coat using the coral pattern. The heavy woven non-stretch check fabric is beautiful with a mix of blues, pinks, and purple throughout. I wanted to make sure I matched up the stripes as much as possible so I cut the front and back pattern pieces one at a time. I did not take the same approach for the sleeves and neckband. I later realized that I didn’t match the grainlines, so I wasn’t sure whether the stripes would match or not. Sure enough, it worked out very well.

Pattern and Modifications:

To create this coat, I used the McCall 7848 pattern. The fitted lined coat pattern has a front zipper, side seam pockets, and an option to use contrast sleeves. Also, there are length variations, an option for a hood with a contrast band, and tie belt.

I chose version C without contrasting sleeves and cut a size 10 for the top and size 12 for the skirt. I made several modifications listed below:

  • Reduced the bodice side front by 1 ¼ inch

  • Reduced the side seams by 1 inch

  • Reduced the sleeves by 2 inches

  • Reduced the sleeve cap by 1 inch

  • Inserted fusible fleece to the sleeve cap. This helped eliminated the sleeve from collapsing

  • Replaced the 30-inch zipper with five 1 inch buttons

For me, most of the modifications listed are standard and I typically have to adjust the bodice to fit me properly. However, I struggled with deciding between a zipper and buttons. I initially inserted a pink 30-inch separating zipper. However, I was not in love with the result and felt that something was missing. I walked away from the project for a few days but could not figure out what was missing. After showing the coat to my husband, he recommended replacing the zipper with buttons immediately. He thought the coat was not flattering with the zipper up to my neck with a stand-up collar. I eventually removed the zipper and installed the buttons and that changed the entire look of the coat.

Besides the modifications, the pattern was simple to construct. Of course, it does require a few techniques. However, if you've made a bodice and skirt with buttons and zippers before you will be able to create this coat.


I styled this coat casually with my me-made white linen wrap top, (details of this top is on my blog), light denim jeans and white converses. This coat is one of my favorites. The fabric was a dream to work with and the colors are striking. I am in love with the final look and I can't wait to brighten up the winter months with this beautifully bright textured coat.

Thanks, Minerva for the supplies and thank you for reading!

Happy Sewing!



Super Stretch Black & Silver Denim Jean

Hello! My name is Aimee, also known as the Sewing Scientist. Today I want to share with you my new jeans that I made with the Super Stretch Denim Fabric. My wardrobe has been severely short in the self-made pants category. I make about hundred tops a year and fewer than 10 bottoms in the same time period. This year for Me Made May, I pledged to only wear “me made” bottoms and it really forced me to make some new pants and fix pants that I made that were not fitting perfectly. I thought this sparkly stretch denim would be perfect for some fun jeans.

First off, let me tell you about this fabric. It’s a very nice medium weight denim with a whole lot of stretch. It’s so hard to find nice stretch denim with at least 25% stretch and this fits the bill perfectly. The black is a dark true black and is covered in silver sprinkles. The silver is like a print on the denim. I have not washed and worn these jeans much but it does not feel like it will wear off the surface easily.

My favorite jeans are pull-on jeans and the Itch to Stitch Mountain View Pull-on Jeans are my favorite pattern to use for them. I have gastrointestinal issues that make wearing jeans with a regular waistband uncomfortable and I find that pull-on jeans are so much more comfortable and don’t both my sensitive stomach.

The mountain view pull-on jeans are slightly high rise with a wide waistband for some tummy control. They have straight cut legs but instructions are included for making them slimmer. The pattern includes a faux fly but I tend to omit them from my jeans as I like to wear them to work. Jeans are not considered “work appropriate” and I feel like they look a bit dressier without the faux fly. The pattern also includes back pockets and I omit those too for the same reason.

The mountain view pull-on jeans have very unique legs with a center back seam. This back seam allows a bit more shaping to the leg and gives a great fit. It’s very hard to see in the back leg seam and the back yoke in my photos due to the print on the super stretch denim but you can make them out in this close up photo of my behind (sorry).

I am only 5 foot tall and have to remove length for my height. That is very easy to do and the pattern has lengthen & shorten lines above and below the knee to help get the perfect fit. This super stretch denim made me think of a sky filled with stars. So when I needed to select a lightweight cotton woven for my pocket lining, I picked a galaxy inspired print. Sorry – I failed to get a photo of the inside of the pockets.

I love my new jeans so much. I know that they will get lots of wear. I wore them with a plain black Halla Patterns Agnes in my photos to keep the attention on my pants but these look great with many of my patterned tops.

Thanks – Aimee @ Sewing Scientist

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