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Scuba Love

I can honestly say I am in love with Scuba fabrics now. 

This was the first time I worked with scuba fabric for the New Look 6217, using this Floral Scuba Knit Fabric, with gorgeous yellow and white flowers in a baby blue background, and I loved the print when I order it, and loved even more it’s great soft smooth feeling.

As soon as I saw this fabric, I knew exactly what to do with it, to show the pattern for its beauty, giving that Hawaii feeling, that Summer feeling, keeping it elegant but practical as well.

It’s a great fabric to work with, easy to cut and sew, and also has one of the best features for a person that travels a lot like me: It won't crease easily… well till now I have been in numerous places and I still haven't felt the need to press it, and since has zero creases.

I made the size UK18/EU46 BUT as scuba is stretchy, I think that I should have gone to the lower size. 

I wore this with strap camis or something soft and fresh, and I honestly have received compliments from everyone. It's a real head turner. 

I did change a bit of the details, not following some of the instructions, to keep it simple and to show the pattern itself, and with this fabric, there is no need to add interfacing or lining, since it’s not see-through, making it great for any type of fashion pieces, such as skirts or dresses. 

This scuba is definitely my go to for coats, dresses and leggings, if I want to use something that it’s easy ironing or something that I need for my travels, to put up on my backpack and not be scared of arriving somewhere and have a “creasy” jacket.

The colours stay vibrant after washing and the fabric did not shrink as I expected.

I now have my eye on the rest of this scuba collection, as I need a new pair of leggings and probably a hoodie to go on the plane, as it’s so soft and comfortable.

Thank you to Minerva for this beautiful fabric and thank you for reading.

Alejandra @ Alejandra's Life
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Classic Black Sirocco Jumpsuit

If you don’t have a jumpsuit in your wardrobe yet, what are you waiting for? There’s no shortage of jumpsuit patterns out in the world these days and I for one am excited to see the trend here to stay indefinitely. A jumpsuit that is stylish yet comfortable is a serious must in any wardrobe and my latest make for the blog checks all the boxes!

Like many others, I fell in love with the Deer & Doe Sirocco Jumpsuit upon its release. It was the classic jumpsuit I had in my mind that I had not found exactly anywhere else and I especially loved the tapered legs and mock wrap front. The details of the pleating were simple yet sophisticated and I love the look of the pockets.

The fabric is everything when it comes to this pattern. Since the Sirocco has no closures, you want to make sure to pick a fabric that has plenty of stretch and excellent recovery so you don’t have to worry too much every time you step into it. I chose the John Kaldor Suzette Jersey Fabric for this make and it fits the pattern requirements perfectly. Even though I picked a classic black, the slight texturing of the fabric adds a nice level of detail while also being completely opaque.

My only trepidation with making a jumpsuit like this is being able to grade to my size. Because my waist is a few sizes larger than my bust, I was happy to see that this was an easy adjustment to make. I graded from a size 34 bust to a size 40 waist and shortened the pattern by 2 inches. I also ended up cutting an additional 1.5 inches off the hem to fit my 5 foot frame. The only problem I encountered was forgetting that I would need to adjust the neckband piece and I ended up needing to recut a size 40 neckband to accommodate my adjustments. All in all, it was pretty smooth to make my fitting adjustments and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

I’m a bit of a newbie with fitting adjustments and I’m also not an expert when it comes to sewing with knits, but this make was actually so much easier than I thought it’d be. Once I pieced and cut the pattern out, I was able to easily make this within a day. The fabric was incredibly easy to work with and the pattern had very clear instructions. It was a pleasant project and I am head over heels with the finished make. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a jumpsuit: stylish, easy to wear, and incredibly comfortable. I am definitely adding this to my shortlist of favorite makes and can’t wait to wear it to every occasion I possibly can!

Have you made a jumpsuit yet? I’d love to hear about your favorite patterns!

Thanks for reading,

Simone

Find me on Instagram @intenselydistracted, Facebook @intenselydistracted and on my blog at www.intenselydistracted.com.

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Mermaid Toddler Raincoat

Raincoats seem to be the new dungarees in the sewing world. Have you seen all the amazing versions of the Kelly AnorakPapercut WaverPauline Alice SerraTATB Eden for ladies? All of these have got my creative juices flowing, and the selfless mummy that I am finally decided to make a toddler raincoat for my little girl.

There are so many good pattern options for raincoats out there for babies and toddlers these days. Since I have been rather smitten with my last version of the Ikatee Grand’ourse, I decided to try the longer version of this coat again in a waterproof fabric. Very reluctantly, though, I omitted the ears. I know, I know! Those ears! How could I deny my little girl of those bunny ears this time? I really wanted to maximise the waterproof qualities of this raincoat, so practicalities won. I promise that the next version I make will have ears again. 

Isn’t this sweet? I love, love, love the Quirky Fabric – look at these mermaids! It’s a PVC coated cotton fabric, and is exactly what the name suggests - a woven cotton fabric with a PVC/vinyl layer laminated to it. It’s what some would probably call “oilcloth”.

This is my first time working with coated cotton, and I must admit that it wasn’t as hard as I feared. Here are a few tips that I picked up on working with coated cotton before starting the project:

  1. Invest in a Teflon foot
  2. Use a new, sharp needle. I went with a 90/14 universal and it worked just fine
  3. Increase stitch length
  4. Press on the wrong side only with a warm (not hot) iron
  5. Use clips rather than pins
  6. Sew carefully, and avoid unpicking where possible (this should be a general rule for sewing anyway, but even more essential when it comes to sewing with fabrics that will "puncture" permanently)

I used a cotton jersey from my stash, which I got from Minerva in the sale a couple of years ago. I debated over this for quite some time: on the one hand, I wanted something nice and soft on the inside for the baby, but on the other, I worried about sewing quite a stretchy lining to a “stiff” fabric with no stretch whatsoever, and wondered if a woven cotton would’ve been better. I ended up going with the jersey, and sewed some of the seams (when attaching the hood, and attaching the lining to the jacket) with a walking foot slowly, and am glad I went with the comfier option.

Here's a close-up of those amazing mermaids:

Instead of buttons, I opted to use plastic Prym Snaps as fasteners, and went with 3 rather than 6 this time. They gave me a bit of a headache – originally I had planned on using the star shaped ones, but having tested them on some scrap, the sharpness of the stars ended up splitting the coated cotton, so I decided to go for the safer, round options on both sides. 

I even remembered to add a size label this time when sewing the lining to the outer fabric. I made this in 12-18 months, in the hope that it will fit Freya in the cooler, wetter months. It's such a simple addition, but I love how effective it is. Want to add your own? Follow my tutorial here
And there you have it, a quirky little raincoat for my little lady. It's a little big (and hot) on her right now, but I cannot wait to see her in this. The bright, funky print is sure to cheer anyone up on a rainy day! 
Until next time, Alice from Queen of Darts
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A Bit Bold Scuba Dress With An Asymmetrical Hem

It's so nice to be back on the Minerva blog and this time I would like to show you my awesome dress. When I saw some floral scuba fabrics on Minerva I knew instantly I'd like to make a dress with one. I chose this floral Scuba Fabric with a sky blue background and it's gorgeous! The pattern on the fabric isn't too big nor too small and as it has flowers in every direction you don't need to cut it in only one direction. It can save quite a bit of fabric by the way! But if your pattern pieces are small then better keep your eye on the direction of flowers - you wouldn't want them hanging upside down.

Scuba fabric is made from polyester and for me it has only one downside - it doesn't breathe as well as cotton or viscose. But there are several positive things about it: it holds it's form really well, it doesn't wrinkle, it's easily washable and it's effortless to sew. With scuba you have an option to leave edges unfinished because it doesn't ravel. I had never sewn this type of fabric before and I was pleasantly surprised - I can even iron it on medium heat!

I once saw a picture of a gorgeous floral dress with an asymmetrical hem and I've wanted to copy that ever since. I didn't have the right pattern for it, so I just took a simple t-shirt pattern, cut it in two pieces on the waistline, made the skirt piece wider and longer on one side and scooped the neckline lower. These were all simple adjustments to the pattern and anyone can do it. I planned to make short sleeves, but as I tried it on I went for the sleeveless option. It's much easier to wear a cardigan or a bolero over it when cold enough and on a warm summer day it doesn't need any sleeves.

I finished the armholes and neckline with overlock, then turned them inside once and sewed it with simple straight stitch. The other option would have been to use bias tape as I didn't like the unfinished version for this dress. The dress hem is turned in twice so it is nice and clean. I'm really happy with how the scuba fabric holds it's form and how it works really well for the asymmetric hem. It doesn't cling to my legs and let's the whole dress shine.

As you can see from the photos, I have a perfect bolero for this dress. It's made from ponte roma (similar to this one that I ordered from Minerva a long time ago). I had just enough leftovers to make a short sleeve bolero. The pattern is from Itch to Stitch Aveiro bolero version. I think these two clothing items compliment each other really well!

I wore this dress on my family trip to Lithuania and I had the perfect opportunity to get some memorable photos when we were staying in the Lithuania's highest residental building. I'm terribly afraid of heights but I wanted a good photo background so I took a deep breath and posed on the open balcony. It was almost 100 m from the ground! Now I'll always remember that facing one's fears is much easier while wearing self-made clothes. I wish I could pose with spiders too, maybe I wouldn't scream every time I see one near me.

Thank you for joining me on this dress-adventure and I hope you can sew something nice today!

Kadri @kadri_kivistik

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An Out of This World Family Look

Hey everyone, it's Andrea from andreadsews.com also known as @andreanaturally on Instagram and I am back with another Minerva Makers Blog post! This time I come with a fall/winter family look. When I say family look I mean FAMILY look, as in, if I could have dressed my fish tank up and brought it with me, I MAY have done it. So for this one I dressed my children, my husband, myself AND my fur babies in MATCHING sweaters. I used this super cool Fleece Back Sweatshirt Fabric with astronauts on it that I knew my kids would LOVE and trust me this fabric will keep you nice and toasty in the fall!  

For my husband and myself I used a McCall’s pattern I have used for matching tops before, M6614. For our hoodies I did not want to make them with zippers and I did not want to deal with princess seams so I used the zippered view and cut the front piece out on the fold instead to make it into a pullover raglan sweater instead. I proceeded using the neck, wrist, and hem bands to complete the sweaters. I love this pattern because it is so quick and easy to make and you can use it for both men and women.

So I have to admit, I messed up my sweater. I accidentally sewed my hem band on backwards! To make it even worse, I didn't notice until AFTER I serged it all in place. OH WELL, that is the beauty of sewing. I was NOT going to seam rip anything so my husband and I decided that way we will tell our sweaters apart. 

Now onto my little monsters. For my boys, I used McCall’s M7379, I have also used this pattern on another family look except I used it to make tank tops that time. Of course since I used it before I knew it would be an easy quick sew. These tops were also raglan style except without the hem and wrist bands like mine. I sewed these together using a straight stitch for the seams and then serged it all in place. To sew on the neck band I sewed it on with a zigzag stitch and used the same stitch for all of the hems. I did also serge the neck band into place to make sure that it lasts a nice long time, kids tend to tear through all the clothes.

And now, the part you have all been waiting for, MY FUR BABIES. I know you got a quick look at them in the above pictures but here is their close up. For Junior (the red headed pup) and Cara (the blond/ black haired pup) I used Simplicity 8824. I have never made dog clothes before and I was EXTREMELY confused on how to put these shirts together. I sewed on one of the sleeves backwards. If you plan on using this pattern make sure you TRANSFER all the markings because I didn’t and then I was so confused. Once I got the hang of it though, it was super easy and quick as well. I do believe there are more fur baby sews coming to my feed in the future. This pattern does have a few different options so I may have my girl (Cara) matching me at some point this fall/ winter!

Here is a better view of the fur baby sweaters for your enjoyment! 

I also wanted to add that Junior is 13 years old and 100% blind, people are always curious about his eyes so I figured I would go ahead and put that out there.

I hope that you all enjoyed my WHOLE family look as much as I did making and photographing these! See you on the next post!

Thanks for reading,

Andrea @andreanaturally

Andrea D Sews

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Neon Yellow...Yes, You Need This!!!

Hey there friends!

I’m Adrian, and I am so excited to share my recent make with you!

I created this gorgeous neon yellow or “highlighter” yellow Ponte Roma Fabric as I like to call it using the Creative Cap Sleeve tee by Winter Wear Designs! This pattern and this fabric are a true match made in heaven!

I’ll be honest, I held on to this fabric for a while, because none of the patterns in my collection really “spoke” to me, but when I had the opportunity to test this gorgeous pattern, it clicked, I knew it was the perfect match!

Let’s talk a bit about this fabric! It’s a ponte knit, which is one of my absolute favorites! I love the structure and the weight of this fabric! For me, it’s not too heavy; it’s just the right weight. I would normally use ponte knits for pencil skirts, but for the life of me, I can’t understand what took me so long to make a top with it!

A few things to know when working with ponte...not every ponte is the same....knowing the weight and the feel that you want will make a world of difference. Knowing whether or not you want drape is also a huge factor, as ponte doesn’t have much drape. But if you’re looking for structure, good recovery, and high quality then this fabric is the one for you!

This pattern has proven to be perfect for just about every fabric I have used. I used rayon spandex, brushed poly and ponte and they all turned out amazing! I am normally a bit of a plain Jane and I don’t really deviate from neutrals, but I was surprised that this color for me really gave me that umph that I was looking for.

A few more things to consider when sewing up this beauty....you have several different options. Shirt length and tunic length to name a couple but there’s so much more! This top is flattering on every body type, but I am smitten with the tunic length to be quite honest, it is truly my favorite! I tend to go for a more modest look on me, and this top gave me just that!

 When sewing up this top, the fabric truly came together just perfectly....I have worn and washed it a few times with absolutely no issues and it looks just as vibrant as it did when I got it!

Did I mention that this is the perfect transition piece???! I am a jeans and tennis shoes type of gal, but I also love a cute pair of heels every once in a while too! This top made that transition super easy! Literally, the same jeans and boom throw on a different pair of shoes! Do it and you’ll have a killer outfit! lol

In closing...this fabric is a must have in your wardrobe, I have a bit more and I’m dying to make a dress or even a pair of slacks with it...more to come on that, but in the meantime...head over and buy all of this fabric! You’ll be happy you did!

XoXo,

Adrian @inspiredbyadriandenise

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Why Is Scuba A Marmite Fabric?

Scuba Fabric seems to be a bit of a marmite fabric among sewists. Some love it, others won't touch it with a bargepole. For what it's worth I think its because a lot of the time scuba isn't what it seems to be or what we think it is. Often scuba is thought of as a jersey or knit fabric and yet you don't have to look far to find people who have struggled to use scuba in jersey patterns. And whenever I post a video fabric haul with scuba in it like this one I always get comments like "that's a lovely print but I hate to use scuba". What's going on?
I think that one of the problems is that scuba is a term that's applied to zillions of different fabrics with different behaviours. Some will stretch a lot, some can be used as swim suit fabric, others stretch relatively little. Another difference is that some are very shiny, some are matt and others are textured.
How do you choose? And what can you successfully make with scuba? One of the best ways to choose online is to get a sample and of course Minerva has a great sample service and sample club. And then, just like with any other fabric assess each one as an individual case. How much does this one stretch? And in which directions? What does it feel like? Is it shiny or textured or matt?
As for what you can make with scuba, I think that the answer is almost anything! One important thing to remember is that scuba is always synthetic and therefore, not very breathable. It's not going to make the best hot weather wear (unless you are making a crop top or swimwear I guess!). Other than that it's up to you. But I do have one top tip. I think that while scuba IS a knit fabric I think that it's actually often best used as if it is a woven. For example making tailored trousers, a slim skirt, a fitted jacket, a shapely dress. Most scubas (and there will be exceptions) are stable so they will hold the shape of a woven garment but the beauty is that they will also give and move with you when you wear your make so they'll be super comfortable. That give will even ease some fitting issues such as allowing more room for movement in trousers or across the back of a jacket, or the hips of a skirt.
Anyway what did I choose to make with this A-MAZ-ING pink Zebra Print Fabric. Well lets hold on a minute and just take a moment to enjoy it's magnificence! As soon as I saw this I bashed on the keyboard as fast as I could to email Vicki and say YES! I need that one!
I originally had two pattern options in mind. The first was a cardigan pattern by pruella.de called Jone that I featured in this video. It has a really interesting in seam pocket detail similar to the Papercut Patterns Sapporo coat. But when I had my hands on the fabric I decided to follow my own advice and use it more like a woven instead.
This specific scuba is very stable, and has a matt texture. I'd say the stretch and drape is moderate. I've been hoping to make the Morris Blazer by Grainline Studio for a few years now and I decided that finally I'd found a great fabric for it. With such a striking pattern I wanted to make it as wearable as possible and I felt that a casual blazer would be great with jeans and other plain separates although I have even tried it with other animal prints.
I'm not in a dress mood at the moment but if you are, this fabric would also make an amazing dress and even though it's white it is substantial enough that it isn't see-through.
Scuba is perfect for the Morris Blazer because the pattern calls for a stable knit with some drape. It is also perfect because it is an unlined style so another talent of scuba comes into play - it doesn't fray. Yay! That means that if the insides of the jacket do ever show they still look great with a simple overlocked finish. I used pink thread in my overlocker because: why not!
The one fitting change I made after I initially tried the jacket on was to resew the armhole removing an extra 1cm all the way round and researching online this seems to be a fairly common adjustment needed with this pattern. Finally I used woven interfacing throughout and when I make this again (it's definitely when not if) I would still use woven for the collar but switch for knit interfacing for the cuff and hem facings. In fact, depending on the fabric I might even leave that interfacing out all-together.
Overall I am so pleased with this make, I got to try a pattern that I've wanted to try for a long time, it worked out well and when I wear it I feel like a rock star. What's not to love!  
Jo @ Joey Sewy
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Dusty Pink Tie Front Top: McCall 7803

Hi Minerva Crafters. My name is Q from Moore2qstyle, and I'm back on the Minerva blog to share one of my favorite tops using McCalls 7803. I made this top last year using a black and white crepe fabric, and I love it. I couldn't wait to make this top again, so when Minerva gifted me with this Silky Air-Washed Satin Fabric, I knew it would make the perfect top. I pulled the pattern from my stash and got started.

Pattern:

I used McCall’s 7803 View B to create this top. This loose-fitting top and dress pattern offers several lengths and sleeve variations that you can mix and match. The only notions needed for this pattern is a 22" invisible zipper and hook and eye for the back. There is an option to add a hook and eye to the front if needed. When I made this pattern last year, I opted for View A and used a hook and eye in the front to keep the fabric from falling open. For this version, I added the ruffle sleeves, which added a little more detail to the top. Also, I did not need to add a hook and eye to the front because the silky fabric did not collapse like my previous version.

The McCall 7803 pattern is rated easy. I would agree that you would only need a few hours to make this garment. However, it does require an invisible zipper, and installing zippers on silky fabrics can be tricky.  The zipper and fabric do move while sewing and will require patience. While installing the zipper, I noticed that my seams were not matching after basting the zipper in place. I needed to adjust the placement of the zipper a few times before finally getting the seams to line up as expected. Thankfully I only used basting stitches during this process and could remove the stitches easily. I did not sew the zipper in place until I was sure it was correct.

Fabric:

I choose a Silky Airwashed Satin Fabric in Dusty Pink from Minerva. It’s not a textured fabric, but it does have a little shine. This lightweight satin fabric comes in multiple colors and very soft. I love how the top feels on my skin and cannot wait to wear it. I know for sure it will become one of my favorite tops to wear, especially to work. To finish the seams, I used my serger and ironed the wrinkles on a low setting.   

Style:

I styled the silky top with my favorite black cropped pants and black sandals. I could also pair this top with slacks, jeans, or a pencil skirt. I love the versatility of this top and the fact that I can dress it up or down. If you haven't made this pattern yet, I recommend you do and use the satin fabric from Minerva. It's a winner!

Thanks, Minerva for the fabric and thank you for reading. Until next time, Happy Sewing!

@Moore_2q_style

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Lady Mcleroy Tropical Paradise Georgette

Tropical print? Check. Kaleidoscope of colors? Check. Lady McElroy? Double Check!!

I wholeheartedly adore Lady McElroy fabrics and when I was presented with the opportunity to work with this Tropical Paradise Polyester Georgette Fabric,  I couldn’t wait to get started.

What do I love about this fabric? The oversized toucan and fish print in vibrant colors. The overall kaleidoscope of colors in blues and reds. The texture of the fabric. The sheerness. There is quite possibly nothing that I do not love about this fabric. My only concern was deciding on the perfect pattern because I wanted to make just about every garment with this fabric. Trust me, it is that fabulous. 

After debating between several patterns I decided on vintage Vogue 7630 circa 1969, a one-piece gown with empire waist self tie drawstring and low front V-neckline. 

 

What I loved about this pattern is that the bodice and the skirt are cut in one continuous pattern piece, thereby preserving the print of the fabric. I tried my best to showcase the toucans and the fish in its entirety and this pattern made that a possibility. 

This is a sheer fabric so it should be lined if it’s worn in public. However, I am planning to wear my dress as a beach cover up so was intentionally unlined. This fabric frays somewhat so serging the edges is recommended. My seams are finished in French seams which is my preferred method of finishing sheer fabrics and as an added special touch, the tie ends are embellished with navy tassels. 

The colors did not bleed or fade with the wash (I washed this fabric in cold water and air dried it prior to sewing) but as mentioned previously, it does fray somewhat at the edges. Serging the edges prior to washing will reduce the fraying but I did not do so and it did not affect my sewing.

This project merged a vintage pattern with a contemporary print but it does not look dated in the least!  It’s an elegant, sheer yet modest cover up and I received many complements on this garment so far. I recommend this fabric (and the pattern) wholeheartedly and without reserve.

Thank you Minerva for giving me the opportunity once again to work with your fabulous fabrics.

Susan @byluciagrace

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A Geometric Romantic Madeline

Hello everyone, Ilse here from @sewsewilse. I’m glad to be back on the Minerva blog today with a surprising fabric-pattern match!

When I see a fabric, I usually immediately see what I want to do with it. This Cotton Spandex Jersey with geometric pattern intrigued me and did not let go.

I wanted to make something feminine with it. Would I succeed? This geometric design has three color schemes. Mine has the main color pink, but there’s also the choice between green and grey. Also so lovely!

This medium weight fabric has a beautiful quality and it stretches in all directions. The Madeline dress can be made with any weight stretch/knit fabric, however best results and fit will be achieved with a light to medium weight fabric. 4-way stretch will give more drape than 2-way stretch. So this Cotton Spandex is just perfect! Yes!

As an Ambassador from Rebecca Page we choose every month one or more new –to be released- patterns to sew. This romantic Madeline was one of the possibilities! And yes, this would be my goal!

The Madeline is actually a Grecian inspired dress with a beautiful circle neckband flowing gracefully past the gathered bust and draping in the center into the skirt. It’s fitted at the waist, flowing out at the hips and has a flattering silhouette.

You can choose between straight or crisscross straps at the back.

Here’s what I did. I definitely wanted my bra straps to be covered and that’s why I chose the straight straps option.

The front bodice from the Madeline is so genius and it’s fully lined. I like the gathered section so much! Especially because you can hide your tummy with it.

The pattern is designed for a height of 5 foot 6 inches and for a C cup. (Approximately a ready to wear B cup). The requirements are between 2.75 and 3.25 yards.

Sewing Machine? Serger? Or both?

Actually you can use both. But you can certainly do it without a serger.

Some sewing parts really need to be done by your sewing machine. For example you have to gather the front bodice, or baste the outer/inner bodice and so on.

But when you use your sewing machine :

use a stretch stitch

- a basic zigzag or stretch stitch are fine!

a walking foot  is highly recommended, it prevents stretching out while sewing : I have a built in walking foot on my Pfaff sewing machine and I can’t imagine sewing without it!

I always use a twin needle to finish seams but if you don’t have one, you can use a zigzag stitch

When I browse on the internet and search for Grecian inspired dresses I see many celebrities wearing this style with clever draping, accentuated waists, ruching and pleated details. Who doesn’t love that?!

Make it in a modern print ;) and you can certainly make a head-turning entrance with your dress! Perfect for special events as well as nights!

I’m ready to go! Do you join me?

See you soon!

Ilse from @sewsewilse

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