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Vogue 8888 Pyjama Set

Hi there. Lately I’ve tried to be more thoughtful with my makes. So when I saw this Mesh Fabric I knew it would be perfect for a matching pyjama set. I also purchased a plain black Crepe De Chine Fabric for the shorts from Minerva. I have a lot of me made pyjamas but I don’t have any matching sets. So this set was perfect for my wardrobe.
Mesh can be used as an overlay for dresses, skirts and tops because it’s so sheer. Even though it’s sheer the flowers are still vibrant against the black background. It’s nice and soft, with a lovely drape and good amount of stretch.
The fabric is a bit delicate so I would recommend using sharp scissors or rotary cutter to cut this fabric, and a new needle in your machine, otherwise it could snag. I used a walking foot to stop the fabric from stretching, but you don’t have to. 
Because the mesh is sheer, all the seams can be seen from the outside. I used my overlocker on as many seams as I could to give it a clean finish. But you could also grade your seams or even use a narrow French seam.
The black crepe de chine is also lightweight with a good amount of drape. It’s opaque enough to not need lining, which is perfect for this pattern. Crepe de chine is a nice smooth fabric and one side is slightly shinier than the other. When ever I work with this fabric I take my time at the start to determine which side is the right side. I mark the right side with a piece of masking tape. As I cut out the pattern pieces I mark the right side with a small piece of masking tape on each piece. This makes it much easier when sewing to determine which side is the right side.
The crepe de chine had a tendency to fray so I used my overlocker to finish all the edges. But you could also use a zigzag stitch or even a pair of pinking shears to finish the edges.
I would say this pattern is for an intermediate sewer. If you’re using a woven fabric it is cut on the bias, this can be hard to handle. You have to be extra careful when working on the bias to not distort your fabric. It also uses lace, which can be fiddly to work with. When you’re using lace there is also some hand stitching involved to give a nice clean finish.
I decided to use two layers of mesh instead of the lace for my camisole. The two layers of mesh means it is no longer sheer, giving me coverage where needed. I kept the back and lower front sheer for a little cheekiness.
Vogue 8888 has a whole set of pyjamas/lingerie.There’s options for a camisole, shorts, nightie and even a dressing gown. With just this pattern you could make yourself a whole night wear set.
This pattern doesn’t go up to my size. If I went by the measurements I would have to add over 10” to the waist. But I have an old RTW (ready to wear) nightie that I used to help measure this pattern. When I layed the pattern pieces on top of my old nightie I could see the only adjustments I had to make was adding 1” to the back at the waist. 
Because I didn’t use lace on my set I had to lengthen the shorts to make up for the missing lace trim. I changed some of the construction details to give me a clean finish. I also used bra strap elastic instead of fabric straps to give a clean finish.
One of the changes I made was to sandwich the strap between the main and lining fabric of the cups, Instead of adding them at the end. If you decide to do this too, just be careful when sewing along the side to not catch the strap into that seam.
Another change I made was I sandwiched the cups between the main and lining yoke pieces. This was a simple change, but it just gives a much cleaner finish not only on the inside but the outside too.For the shorts I added a 1 ½” strip of stretch mesh to the side seams. To do this I cut a strip of mesh 1 ½” wide adding on the seam allowance to each side. I cut off 6/8” from the side seam of the shorts, by taking off that amount when you attach the strip of mesh, the shorts go back to the original size.
The set only took me an afternoon to sew. Which was perfect as I got to wear them that evening, night and the next morning.
Next time I will take in the back elastic by 2”. Right now the elastic isn’t stretched at all, so it doesn’t help keep the top up. I’m also considering adding more height to the cups. To do that I would cut through the middle of the cups horizontally add in the amount desired and then rejoin the lines to make a new longer pattern piece. 
It can be quite hard telling which side of the shorts is the front and which is the back. To help me especially after a long day I’ve added a Kylie and the machine label to the back of my shorts.
This pyjama set is a firm favourite of mine. As soon as I finished them I put them on, and didn’t take them off until late the next day. Not only do I feel fabulous wearing them, but they are so comfortable to sleep in. I love wearing pyjamas and even sew in my pyjamas. I have plans to make many more of these. I may even make some with jersey. I also want to make a few with the lace detailing. 
I would live in my pyjamas if I could so I definitely need a lot more of these sets.
Thank you for reading Kathleen xx
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A Love For Unconventional Style

Hi, my name is Nadia and I am a self-taught dressmaker with love for unconventional styles with bright and bold colours and exaggerated prints. My sewing journey began when I received a sewing machine for Christmas one year. I have always had a strong creative mind and skills, and I felt instantly drawn to designing and creating patterns and garments. I began to learn basic skills and knowledge by attending local sewing classes and workshops, reading related books and watching online tutorials, also from countless trials and errors. It is getting close to 2 years since I started sewing and happily building my entirely handmade wardrobe.

I am ecstatic to join the Minerva Maker team as I have been following and admiring everyone’s wonderful creations on here. This is my first project for Minerva and I could not be happier with the process and result.

If you know me, you can easily see I am a huge fan of floral prints (and dresses). About 80% of my wardrobe is floral dresses, so as soon as I saw John Kaldor Fabric, I knew I must make a dress with it and a million ideas started running through my head.

Recently I have been exploring and searching for different looks from my usual style, because all my usual fitted-bodice dresses I have made no longer fit my growing baby bump (5 months pregnant at the moment). After looking through the recommendations and suggestions I received on Instagram, I decided to make Myosotis Dress by Deer And Doe as it is a great oversize shirt dress pattern, regardless of whether pregnant or not. And it has pockets!

Preparations and Working with The Fabric

I washed and ironed the fabric. It didn’t require too much ironing though.

The fabric doesn’t have stretch but because it’s pretty shifty and drapey, I made sure the fabric was laid out straight and got the pattern pieces into place. When working with shifty or slippery fabrics, I don’t try to lay out all the pattern pieces at once, because even with pins or weights, the fabric moves around while cutting and I most likely have to rearrange the patterns. I find it much simpler and easier to work in smaller and more manageable sections.

Also, for the pattern pieces to be interfaced, I cut away enough of the fabric to fit said pieces on and interface before cutting. It makes easier to cut out those pattern pieces accurately.

And Sew On!

I used a self-cover shank back button kit to make 3 buttons (12mm). I really enjoy making and using fabric covered buttons as they are versatile, and can be made perfectly suitable for any project. I have used a few different brands of DIY button kits then found a local eBay seller who has good quality products.

Deer And Doe indicates this pattern as level 3 (intermediate). I like this dress because it is easy and quick to process with no lining, no zip and no elastic. The most time-consuming part of the process for me was cutting the fabric and gathering of the skirt and the skirt ruffle. I worked on it between a few other projects over a weekend but on the whole, I spent about 5 – 6 hours on making it.

I really like how it turned out! I love how beautifully it drapes and how soft it feels on my body. The short bodice gives plenty of room for my bump to grow, and I can see myself wearing it often and for a long time even after the baby is born. :)

To Sum up..

  • Pattern: Myosotis Dress by Deer And Doe

  • Fabrics and Notions: John Kaldor Floral Print Peach Skin Dress Fabric (Green), 3 self-covered shank back buttons (12mm), fusible interfacing

  • Size and Yardage: I made size 36, and used a bit less than 1.5m of the fabric (56” wide)

  • Design Modifications: Made view A without sleeve ruffles

  • Fitting Alterations: None

  • Notes: I made this dress in cotton poplin before, but I think the drapey and soft fabric gives it more feminine and beautiful fit. I will definitely make more!

This was a great success and I am super happy with it. I cannot wait for my next project!

For more about me and my other makes, you can find me on Instagram @nadiaseostyles

Happy sewing, everyone!

Nadia x

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Mediterranean Holiday-Inspired Sundress

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be writing my first blog post for the Minerva blog, which also happens to be my first ever blog post! I fell in love with sewing a little over a year ago - it was love at first stitch - and am so thankful to live in a part of the world with a rich crafting and sewing community. I post my makes on Instagram at Kristin.Sews and will be starting a blog soon at kristinsews.com!

I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly snapping up beautiful fabrics before I figure out what to do with them, and this gorgeous Lady McElroy Fabric was no exception! Before the fabric arrived in the mail, I had so many questions about it - How big is the print? Are the colors going to be too muted? And what on earth is peachskin? Is it fuzzy? (Answer: It is definitely not fuzzy - it’s just a soft poly crepe).

But once the package arrived, it became instantly clear: this fabric was meant to be a sundress, and a Dolce & Gabbana-inspired sundress at that! If you squint really hard, it can kind of look like a pink version of the brand’s famous Majolica tile print, no?

I decided to make Version 1 of McCall’s M7778. I made this pattern once before, shortly after I started sewing, and even as a complete beginner, it was a fairly easy make once I got the fitting right.

Based on my measurements and the finished garment measurements, I used a size 12 as my base. After making a muslin, I saw that I needed to make a few minor tweaks to get the bust just right. In order to get the princess seams to line up properly, I moved the apex about ½ inch away from the center front. This then meant that I needed to take in the side seams by a corresponding ½ inch.

It’s funny how fabric choice can change the fit of a pattern. When I made this dress last summer, I used a quilting cotton, and the weight of the skirt pulled the bodice down so it hit at my natural waist (which I loved!). Since peachskin is lighter, the bodice sits a bit higher, which gives the same look as the pattern envelope (which I love too). For reference, I’m 5’1”, 35-26-38.

To give the bodice a little more structure, the dress is self-lined with interfaced fabric. When I made this dress last year as a baby sewist, I used papery non-woven fusible interfacing I was able to find at my local big box fabric shop. This year, ever the older and wiser sewist, I used fusible tricot interfacing. Even though the fabric doesn’t have any stretch, I always use fusible tricot or lightweight woven interfacing. Mine is leftover from my stash, but Minerva has a huge selection of good quality interfacing - it makes all the difference in the world and is totally worth the splurge!

My only caveat about this pattern is that, with a five piece bodice, there is a lot of prominent pattern matching! In order to get the seams to line up just so, my “trick” is to press in the seam allowance on adjacent pieces before cutting out the next piece to make sure it lines up properly. If pattern matching is a priority for you, plan on buying some extra fabric - the pattern calls for 1 ¾ yards and I ended up using about 2 ½ yards. Also, quick note about sewing with Lady McElroy poly crepes - they can fray a bit, so I always use a sharp needle and have my serger ready.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy sewing!

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Crinkle Satin Simple Wrap Dress

Hi Minerva Makers, today I am happy to share with you my most recent make for Minerva!
The gorgeous crinkle Satin Fabric I used for my project is made from magic. It has a beautiful soft drape, is lightweight, very nice to the touch and is perfect for dresses, skirts or blouses. I was so surprised honestly when I started my project because this fabric is so so easy to sew, so soft but not so slippery at the same time, great polyester blend I must say. I know that usually satin is a beautiful fabric to look at but very tricky to sew. So when I ordered it I was ready for everything :)  I will advise everyone just to test on scrap fabric until you’re happy with the result: 1) use the machine needle of the right size and type - especially if you notice it starting to snag, a lightweight thread is similarly important 2) ease up on your tension - seams under tension quickly become visible 3) check your sewing machine and cutting table for rough edges and surfaces, any  rough spots may snag and damage your fabric. Thanks to this great surprise I made my dress in one day and I enjoyed every step of sewing!
Details on the Pattern and Fabric used:
Please watch the video on the page to see how great this fabric’s drape is! 
I pre-washed the fabric before cutting as I always do and I didn’t notice any shrinkage. The bonus of this fabric is that it is wrinkle-resistant and doesn’t need a lot of ironing - wash and go effect! 
Pattern: My pattern for this simple wrap dress is similar to Vogue 8646 with some modifications in the shoulder line:
The wrap dress is a perfect solution when you need a new dress quickly but have no zipper of the needed colour!
I used the same fabric as lining for the front bodice and bias tapes. The skirt and back are not lined. The fabric is not as translucent as I expected so I used lining only in order to wear the dress with no bra on hot days. 
I started with sewing bias tapes on the back arm seams and neck seam. 
I made a rolled hem with a special sewing machine foot and French seams on all inside seams as the fabric is very delicate so I wanted all the seams to be closed and hidden. Satin tends to fray easily, so be sure your seams are secure.
I attached 2 small silver sew on Metal Snap Fasteners to fasten the dress:
From the rest of the fabric pieces I made a removable belt but I prefer wearing the dress without it.
I think this gorgeous satin fabric with its drape makes the best option for summer dresses or blouses with sleeves, circle or half circle skirts and maxi dresses. It is just hugging the body and follows your movements!
Thanks for reading!
Olga.
For more about my makes find me on Instagram @olgatailor
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Nautical Print Evelyn Dress

Here I am again! I thought I would go a bit subtle this time, so went for some blue Cotton Fabric  that featured a cute little sea themed print. It really is a lovely fabric, and just makes me want to be dipping my toes in the sea whilst wearing it. I wanted to make something that was easy to wear as well as comfortable in case the Welsh weather decides to ever warm up, so I went for the simply sewing Evelyn dress. 

This is a lovely simple pattern and really flatters a curvy shape. I normally have to make some small adjustments to the bodice pieces to take the shoulder and armhole down. I didn’t end up doing it on this make, as I have lost a tiny bit of weight and needed to go down a dress size. I totally should have done the adjustments regardless because my bodice length is not going to change according to my weight. Silly me for thinking it was as easy as that haha!

Working with the fabric was a pleasure, it stayed where it was supposed to and was easy to sew with. I found I didn’t need to really use a lot of pins as it really would stay put.

All in all, the dress went together smoothly due to the fabric behaving so well, even pressing was a satisfying task. Nice clean crisp edges are always amazing to have in a garment. I did find the skirt creased easily, but that was due to me scrunching it up to sew! I should have pressed it again before taking photos, but I was way too excited! 

The only problem I encountered, was with me, not the pattern or the fabric. It was the buttonholes. I have made the Evelyn a few times, but always went for snaps as I was too afraid to attempt  buttonholes on them. I felt brave this time so thought I would give it a go. Whoops... I ended up with wonky buttonholes. I was really careful and made sure I marked everything right, double checked them and they still ended up wonky. 

After thinking about what went wrong and contemplating what I would do differently next time, I think the skirt was getting in the way of creating the buttonholes accurately as the fabric was not sitting flat on the machine.

So next time, I will sew any buttonholes on a flat bodice before attaching the skirt.... and hope for the best!

Until next time....

Tee

@the_craftee_welsh_one

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Handmade by Lizzy

Hello! I am a first-timer on the Minerva Maker Team so I should begin by introducing myself! My name is Lizzy and I have been sewing for about 4 years, mostly self-taught outside of an initial beginner's sewing class where I fell in love with the making experience. It has since consumed me (in the best possible way!) and I can be found sewing or thinking about sewing at most times. I am happy to share my most recent make from a beautifully crisp and vibrant floral Cotton Poplin Fabric from Minerva in the purple color-way. I am always drawn to florals and this floral came across as sweet and feminine. The colors pop and give such a cheerful energy! I knew it had to become a summer dress!
The pattern I chose is the newly released "Chelsea Party Dress" from Amy Nicole Studio. The dress hit all my dream details: deep V-neck, low back, cinched in waist and long hemline. I tend to go for more dramatic style lines and this hit the mark! The pattern is drafted with petites in mind (which I am not at 5'9'') so I lengthened the bodice (a bit tricky at first on a princess seamline and strappy back!) but as you can see in my flat lay photo, I distributed 1.5'' throughout the bodice length and that worked out nicely for me! I also lengthened the waistband by 0.5". 
I ended up not lengthening the hemline because I wanted a midi length, but you can see how much I would need to lengthen it if I did want a maxi look! I learned a new technique for deep V-neck fronts as well! It's a tricky thing to keep this kind of neckline from gaping and this is the first time I've used elastic within the bodice to achieve this but it worked perfectly! Other techniques I've seen are using stay tape to stabilize the seam line or laying the v neck on the grain line. It also helped to have a stable fabric. The poplin was super easy to handle. 
The pattern was intended for color blocking which was perfect for this fabric. I wanted a more subtle patchwork look, so instead of using two different fabrics that would have a more contrasting look, I used the "right" and "wrong" sides of the fabric to achieve a subtle color blocking. I loved how this turned out! Not all fabrics have the pattern show through to the other side, but this one did and I had a hard time deciding if I actually wanted the "wrong" side to be the primary color/pattern because both sides were so pretty. I ended up treating the "right" side as the primary fabric and used the "wrong" side for the back straps and the bottom hem. It may not even be that noticeable but that is what I was going for. Sometimes when I look at the photos I think that there's a haziness over part of the photos but it's just the "wrong" side!
I wore this dress on a beautiful 80 degree day! The dress was breezy and the cotton was cool. I paired it with my pink strappy sandals and added a few flowers in my hair from a bouquet that I had bought earlier in the week. It was the perfect summer dress for a perfect summer day. I hope you are all enjoying your summer sewing. I never stop sewing for summer despite the temperature!
Thanks for reading,
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A Very Floral BHL Flora

Hello everyone! My name is Emily- also known as Allsewedout - and I’m relatively new to the whole blogging scene, especially as this is my first blog post on the Minerva blog, but not when it comes to sewing. I’ve been sewing quite literally half of my life, I started when a neighbour showed me how to gather on her vintage singer when I was 10 and I have never looked back. 7 school fashion shows, multiple dresses for charity, countless handmade gifts (handmade gifts rock) and lots and lots of selfish sewing later, and I’m still no expert. I love the fact that there are always new things to try, perfect and admire with sewing, plus the possibilities are endless!
I was so excited to start my Minerva project and I knew that the BHL Flora would be the perfect project to set me off. I picked some dreamy blue floral Cotton Fabric and downloaded the PDF pattern.
I always struggle cutting out, sewing a garment is easy in my opinion, but I seriously struggle to cut out both neatly and accurately. Stripes never fully match; my cutting is never straight, and I always have to buy a little extra fabric because 1. Who doesn’t love fabric. 2. I can’t help myself and I seriously over spend when it comes to sewing, oops. And 3. I ALWAYS have to re-cut something. The fabric I picked wasn’t quite wide enough to take the fabric on the fold and get the directional floral stripe matching, so I had to cut on the flat and put up with a seam down the front. I then noticed that I hadn't thought to flip the pattern piece over, so the curve of the hem would go in the correct way. Oh well, I’m human and I make mistakes, but I really need to practise cutting out.
I cut out a size 16 as per the pattern’s measurements, and I presumed going into it I would have to make a few large bust adjustments and take a few inches out of the shoulders due to my narrow frame but large chest, both a blessing and a curse, but no! Fitting was not an issue, maybe a little tight across the chest but that may have been the packet of ‘motivation bourbons’ that always make an appearance on marathon sewing days. Next time I may take more in at the darts and possibly grade out to a size 18? Or maybe make with a fabric that has a little more stretch to it.
Due to the cutting issue my dress ended up a liiiittle shorter than I would have liked, but I do have a holiday coming up, so it may make the suitcase shortlist and make an appearance there. You can get away with anything when you are on holiday.
The cotton fabric I chose for this little project was perfect in my opinion. Cool enough to wear in the summer and not die from overheating, but with the perfect amount of drape and structure to hold both the knife and box pleats in the skirt and have the ultimate amount of swoosh
I have been so inspired from all the Flora’s and Flora hacks in the sewing community, so I will absolutely be making more floras. The high neck and the cute little straps steal my heart, and the best bit? The dress is so so so easy. It’s easy to fit, style and make. I have a few more casual style floras in mind and then one super-duper fancy pants one just in case I get invited to a special occasion. I love the simple and elegant vintage style that the Flora comes with. I love the 40’s- 50’s fashion, and most of the clothes I wear are inspired from that period. But I work a full-time job and I have no time and quite honestly no motivation to get totally pinned up every single day. Therefore, I can slip on a Flora, a pair or Vans or Converse or even some pretty sandals and go out the door, still a little vintage, but so much more comfortable and convenient. In my books, that’s a win-win.
Thank you so much for reading my little blog post, about an amazing sewing pattern and some great fabric. I’m just going to swoosh around in my new flora until I find another fabric that will be perfect for it.
Emily xx
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Summer Maxi of Dreams

Have you ever felt like you wanted to live in a garment because it was just that comfortable? This was me in this ruffled maxi dress I recently made. When I first set eyes on this Lady McElroy Stretch Cotton Twill Fabric with gorgeous gold, white, and blue stripes with bold navy blue horses, I knew I had to have it. I was sold off of one look. When it arrived, it felt more luscious than the pictures and super soft against my skin with a little bit of give. 

I didn’t initially plan to make a summer dress. I had a fun jumpsuit in mind but miscalculated the yards I would actually need so I had to improvise. With the stripes and the horses galloping across the fabric, I knew that pattern matching would be a beast to do with this design so I wanted to avoid any design that would require me to. So I thought a flowing summer maxi would do the trick. I began sketching designs and came up with a maxi dress with strap ties and two tiers of ruffles on the bottom. I didn’t own a pattern like it so I set out to hack Newlook 6511 Pattern as I liked the fit and ease to hack this pattern into my design. So let’s get into how I made this dress so that you can too.

First things first, I measured from my neckline down to how low I wanted the top of the dress (purple line) to start and added 5/8in to that for seam allowance (blue line).

Then I made a line on the front pattern piece marking the top of the dress and folded the pattern on that line (blue line).

I lined up the front and back pattern pieces matching up the arm and side notches, then drew a line where the front pattern piece was folded onto the back pattern piece. Then I folded the back pattern piece at the fold line. 

Next I pinned the front piece on the fold of the fabric. I measured the length of where I wanted the dress to start and to where I wanted the bodice to end, which was right around my knees. I marked that length on the fabric along the fold under the front pattern piece.

I marked the location of my hips and measured out my desired hip width onto the fabric. I connected the waist point on the pattern to the hip point and then the hip point to the edge of the bodice. Then I cut the front bodice piece out.

For the back piece, I decided to remove 5/8 inch in seam allowance down the center front as I wanted to cut the piece on a fold and not into two pieces. As you can see I was trying to avoid pattern matching (hehe). I folded that seam allowance back and pinned the back piece on the fold of the fabric. 

I placed the front bodice piece over the back piece, lined it up with the back piece and traced the front piece onto the fabric to create the outline for the back bodice piece. Then I cut out the back bodice piece. 

To create the facing of the bodice, I traced the top of the back bodice piece to where I wanted my facing to stop, making sure my facing was even lengths on both sides where I traced. Then I removed the front bodice piece, connected the two ends of the facing and cut it out. 

I repeated this for the front, ensuring that the front and back facing side seams lined up. Then I assembled the dart on the front facing.

One optional feature I added was side seam pockets, which I inserted while sewing up the bodice pieces right sides together.

For the tie straps, I cut four rectangles that were 4 inches by 26 inches long. I thought this was too long at first but quickly fell in love with the big bow it created. I folded each piece right sides together and sewed at a 1/2 inch seam allowance one end shut, pivoting at the corner and sewing down the length of the tie. I left one end open to turn the ties inside out. Then pressed.

Next, I placed the front and back facing right sides together and sewed the side seams together. I placed the facing right sides together with the bodice and sewed the under arms together at a 5/8th inch seam allowance.

 

Then I sandwiched the ties in between the bodice and facing, lining up the open edge of one tie on each upper corner of the bodice and pinned in place. I proceeded to sew down the opening with the bodice, facing and ties pinned together. I turned it inside out and gave it a good press.

For the top ruffle, I measured the bottom width of the bodice and cut out two rectangles on the fold with that measurement.  I used the ruffle pattern piece from Newlook 6511 (piece #7) as a guide for my width and my desired ruffle length. With right sides together, I sewed up the side seams of the two rectangles to create a circle, hemmed the circle then gathered it.

For the bottom ruffle, I created a rectangle using the same width measurement and 1.5 times the length of the top ruffle, cut two on the fold, and assembled it the same as the top ruffle.

For the ruffle divider piece, I cut another two rectangles the width of the bodice bottom and a length that is 1/2 of the top ruffle. This will be placed between the two ruffles and will not need to be gathered.

With right sides together, I pinned the gathered top ruffle to the bottom of the bodice. Then I pinned the right side of the ruffle divider piece to the top ruffle and bodice bottom. Then I sewed all three pieces together. 

Lastly, I pinned with right faces together the bottom of the ruffle divider piece  with the gathered ends of the bottom ruffle and sewed them together. 

I tied the straps together and the dress was complete. I still need to wash this dress to remove marks from my sewing marker but that didn't stop me from rocking this dress for a Father's Day dinner with family.

I just love when things don’t go as planned when you sew and then you produce an even better garment than what you originally had in mind. I love the versatility of this piece to not only be used as a dress but to layer a top underneath to wear the maxi as a bib or a top over to wear the maxi as a skirt. I wish I had more of the fabric to make a matching belt and line up the stripes on the ties better but this doesn't take away from my love for this dress. 

I plan to make a shortened version for a cute night gown or a top. I really hope you try out making this design and if you do, definitely tag me on Instagram at @createandpray so that I can share and show you all the love. Until next time loves, happy sewing!

Love,

Christine

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Simplicity 1069 Crinkle Satin Maxi Skirt

Hi, Vicky here, you can find me at vickymyerscreations.co.uk where I share many craft related tutorials, plus refashions and sewing projects.

I’ve been sewing for years but this is my first time posting for the Minerva Blog and I am really excited to be here. Being a sewing blogger for Minerva is a delight – I am planning on using the experience to widen my sewing knowledge and experience, sharing lots of projects to inspire you.

For my first project, I chose this Crinkle Satin Fabric, with a mix of blue leaf prints. I knew instantly that I wanted to make a long flowing skirt, perfect for summer days, for day and evening.

Once I had prewashed the fabric I had a rummage through my pattern collection and decided that Simplicity K1069 (View B) was the perfect skirt. Due to the size and busyness of the print plus the swirly nature of the skirt I did not pattern match - to be honest I don’t think anyone will notice.

Recently I have decided to push myself and sew unfamiliar fabrics, I have always stayed away from light weight fabrics. When cutting out the fabric I used lots of pins, and my left hand to hold the fabric in place whilst I cut. But this fabric was far easier to work with than anticipated, I feared it would slip and slide as I sewed but I am delighted to say I was proven wrong. I strongly suggest taking the time to get the tension right on your sewing machine, and ensuring you have a suitable sewing machine needle designed for light weight fabric. Pressing your seams also helps. The curved hem I handstitched, purely as preference. Do not be put off by my lack of experience. Sewing is fun and there is always something new to learn.

Overall the fabric was much easier to work with than I imagined.

I wore my skirt for the first time whilst travelling from the UK to France on holiday – I hadn’t quite anticipated that due to the shimmer on the fabric, or perhaps my shape the tie on the skirt kept slipping up my body. This is easily solved by adding some poppers inside the waistband tie.

The fabric design has an abstract feel, which makes it interesting to look at. With the print and shimmer the finished skirt is perfect for day or evening wear – dress the wrap skirt up or down with accessories. Just switch your footwear!!

I love how the skirt flows beautifully, emphasizing my waist. At 6” tall I am delighted with the length of the skirt. One of the aspects of sewing I love, which I am sure you relate to, is sewing items that fit you.

Thanks for reading,

Vicky @vickymyerscreations

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Peppermint Everyday Dress

I immediately fell in love with the balade Cotton Broadcloth Fabric when I first saw it online, and I love it even more when I received it in real life. The print is absolutely gorgeous in one of my favourite colours - teal green. It is a medium weight cotton fabric but very soft to touch, which makes it perfect for dressmaking.

Originally, I had planned to make a vintage style pleated skirt with it. However, the latest Peppermint Everyday Dress pattern has minimal number of seams and is perfect to showcase the cute print of the balade fabric. The pattern is completely free to download as well, it can’t get any better than that!

The Everyday dress is an over-size, reversible, calf-length dress. This dress reminds me of the Sew House Seven Tea House dress, just simpler and easier to sew up. It is a nice pattern for a confident beginner to learn some new tricks, such as sewing mitred corners. For an experienced sewist, this is a quick, satisfying make.

I have used this medium weight cotton so it has a bit of structure when worn. However, I can see how a softer fabric that has a bit more drape would make a lovely, elegant version of the Everyday Dress.

This dress does live up to the name as an everyday dress! It can be styled in so many ways for both summer and winter. Here I am wearing it with my Peppermint Slouchy Cardigan - also by In the Folds - with stockings and my beloved winter boots.

It works just as well on its own with heels or sandals for warmer days.

I love every free sewing pattern designed by Emily from In the Folds for the Peppermint Magazine. Not only do they usually fit me very well without adjustments, but also the intricate details in all of her patterns. I always learn something new when making her designs, which makes the process so much more enjoyable.

While the dress looks very simple, the mitred corned details in the skirt is so much fun to work on! I love how mine turned out.

I made a straight size 1. Because it is an oversized dress, I did not consider making any adjustments. I did measure the length, and found that it is spot on to my liking.

The only hack I made to it was the tabs and buttons on the sleeves, just to make it even more versatile!

The tab was a simple rectangular piece with a buttonhole. I attached them to the inside of the shoulder-sleeve seams, with the end of the tabs flush with the sleeve hem so it’s hidden when I want to wear the sleeves down.

I then sewed the buttons to the outside of the sleeves near my upper arms. When I want to create a short sleeve look, I just pull the tab out and attach it to the button.

I love this dress and will be wearing it a lot! Hope to see more versions of this pattern made up by sewists across the world.

Thanks for reading! You can find me on Instagram @icecjan if you wish to connect :)

Janice from Sunny Perth, Western Australia.  

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