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White Viscose Cheyenne Tunic

Hi everyone, my name is Netta (@nettameijer on Instagram). I am very excited to join the Minerva Makers team and to share my first make with you here today.

This shirt is the result of a change in my sewing practice this past year. Before, I tended to sew on a whim, make impulse fabric buys and rush my makes. There was usually no planning involved and I didn’t always think things through. That has left me disappointed more than once. Because the fabric ended up not being suitable for the pattern. Because I didn’t take the time to fit a garment properly. Because a certain colour or style didn’t suit me. Because the garment didn’t combine easily with other pieces in my wardrobe. Because I have too much fabric I don’t use. I also gravitate towards fun prints, but they are not what I wear most. I have sewn so many garments that don’t get worn and I wanted to change that. 

So this year, I decided to start planning a handmade wardrobe with pieces I would actually wear and could combine into complete me-made outfits. That means sewing more basic and neutral wardrobe essentials. A white button down shirt is one of those classic staples.

This Lady McElroy Viscose Challis Fabric caught my eye. I thought the drape and slight sheerness of it would make the perfect shirt with a touch of chicness. I chose the Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Handmade because of its classic shape. I have used this pattern before, but this was the first time making the standard collared button down version (view A). I took my time thinking about how I wanted the shirt to look and ended up making the following adjustments to the pattern:

- Point length / width collar -1 inch (2,5 cm)

- Rounded pocket edges

- Sleeve length -2 inches (5 cm)

I love how lightweight and delicate the fabric is. It is so delicate, I was constantly afraid I would rip it by accident. It is also a bit shifty. In order to prevent wonky pattern pieces, I tried my best to cut carefully and patiently. I used my rotary cutter for this. I am always so eager to see the finished result, that I rush too much. But this time, I took my time sewing the shirt. This resulted in one of the prettiest collars I have ever sewn.

For the gathering of the sleeve cap, I used a method I found out about not that long ago. I had always used the standard method of sewing two separate parallel lines of gathering stitches. But ever since I found out about the following technique, it is the only one I use. As with the standard method, you sew a line of gathering stitches. But at the end, you pivot and sew back parallel to that first line. Having one closed end makes it much easier to get nice and even gathers.

The seams of the Cheyenne tunic are finished with French seams. This makes for such a beautiful and clean finish. Pretty inside and out! Also, the sheerness of the fabric makes it a breeze to topstitch and just catch the French seam underneath.

The instructions given with the pattern are so clear and thorough (and there is a sew along available online). The fabric also sewed up really well. So I didn’t encounter any problems. The final garment is exactly what I had envisioned when I ordered the fabric. I love the sheerness and the drape of the fabric. The shirt is luxuriously soft and light and it looks like a chic silk shirt. I went for a relaxed fit that can be dressed up or down, tucked in or tied. Easy to style and easy to combine with other garments. The ultimate wardrobe essential!

Thank you for reading. I look forward to sharing many future makes with you!

Netta @nettameijer

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Snowflakes in the Islands!

Pssst! You… yes YOU, I’m back again, but this time with a special Christmas make. Let me tell you a secret… (whispers) Christmas is my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE time of year: the caroling, the festivities, the baked ham smothered with pineapple and cherries…mmmm, what’s not to love?????  Now that I’ve taken to sewing, I have one additional item to add to my list of treasured Christmas items - Christmas fabric – clearly any sewists dream…am I right?

If you’re on the hunt for Christmas fabric Minerva is the place to go! There were sewwww many beautiful pieces of fabric to choose from but in the end, I opted for a  light-weight, cotton broadcloth because who doesn’t love sewing with cotton? They are easy to cut and sew, they press very well and are quite breathable, which is always a plus for us island girls! This particular fabric has a cream base and is peppered with gold snowflakes - sorta ironic, considering it never EVER snows in the Caribbean.

When I selected the fabric, I thought I wanted to make another dress, but hadn’t pin pointed ‘the one’. As fate would have it, I was hit by a bout of sewing sickness as a result of several fitting fails in previous projects. Unsurprisingly, when my material finally arrived in the mail, as excited as I was about the fabric, I was stumped about what to make. I kept thinking ‘I don’t want to mess up this pretty fabric.’ I went through my pattern stash several times and finally opted for the Lizzie skirt by Sew Over It. I’ve used Sew Over It patterns before, as a matter of fact, my last bog post featured the Sew Over It Betty Dress. I think their patterns have a certain vintage vybe to them (which I like) and the instructions are pretty comprehensive (which I like even more!). The Lizzie skirt is a pleated skirt, lined with a half circle skirt (I think), a waistband, invisible zipper and - drumroll please… POCKETS!

The fabric is pretty light weight and so I opted to include the lining skirt (though you can make the skirt without it). I figured the lining would offer a bit more structure to the skirt whilst simultaneously guarding against ‘flashing panties’. I chose a size 14, based on the finished garment measurements of the Lizzie Skirt. I altered the length by shortening it 3” both on the outer skirt and the lining skirt resulting in a knee-grazing skirt. Next time I’ll probably shorten it another ½” or so for the perfect length. I gotta admit that I find knee length skirts much more flattering on me than below the knee/midi lengths which honestly make me feel a little frumpy.

Having basted the skirt together to check the fit, I found that the waist was too big for my liking and I ended up removing 1 ½” total width from both the outer fabric and the lining. These were the only changes I made to the pattern. I followed the instructions and as I suspected, the construction of the skirt was pretty easy. My only recommendation is to secure the pleats with lots of pins before machine basting, or alternatively, to baste the pleats by hand.  From my limited experience, any shifting in your pleats can easily result in a skirt that ends up too big at the waist! The only thing I didn’t love about this pattern was the centre front seam. I suppose, that unless you manage to get your hands on some really wide fabric or cut the skirt on the cross-wise grain, the seam seems pretty unavoidable.

All in all I enjoyed this make. Beautiful fabric + easy construction = winning project! For sure, this sew has definitely helped me get my sew-jo back!

If you wanna join my sewing journey, check me out on Instagram @unsewcial.

Gotta love you and leave you until next time,

Kris

Bust: 41.5” * Waist: 33.25” * Hips: 42”

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The Skipper Sweater

Hey guys,

Soraya back on the blog again today with a super casual cosy winter make! This time around I chose to make ANOTHER Seamwork pattern. I made the Skipper Sweater and it’s the perfect winter basic. It is a super quick and easy pattern to just whip up in a spare few hours.

I’ve made and featured a few of Seamwork’s patterns on the blog, but for those of you who are not quite as familiar with them, here is what they are all about. Seamwork is an independent digital sewing magazine. The magazine is free, but if you choose to subscribe you pay a monthly fee, and this gives you credits. You are then able to trade the credits for digital PDF patterns from their extensive library. They have hundreds of patterns available and many different free hacks and variations you can try.

2 Seamwork patterns come out per month with the magazine and they show you samples, ideas and inspiration in their issue. Their patterns are also really inclusive, in sizes 0-26 which is fabulous. The Skipper pattern can be found here.

The fabric I used for my project was this leopard print lurex French Terry Fabric.

It has a subtle glitter or shimmer running through it, and is very interesting. It is a light to medium weight, doesn’t have much stretch and has the looped back threads on the reverse side.Due to these qualities it is a very stable knit and would be great for a beginner to sew with as it should not curl or bunch under your machine.You may also need to cut out a larger size to compensate for this.

Because it doesn’t have a lot of stretch, I decided to slightly modify the original pattern and add ribbing cuffs and a neckband.I also opted to sew a folded hem instead of finishing with a bottom band.

It turned out very comfortable casual and slouchy overall. Super easy to wear with jeans and some sneakers or even with your trackies on the couch.

Not too much more to say as it was just such a quick, simple and easy make.

Why not give making one a try?

Follow along with my sewing adventures on instagram, where I share all my makes @sewnbysoraya.

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Christmas Scuba Makes

Hi Everyone!I’m Cynthia and am thrilled to be joining the Minerva Maker team. I am a self-taught hobby sewist primarily making clothing for my two daughters and myself. I’m a serial pattern tester and sometimes strike-off seamstress. The online sewing community is “my people” and I’m so excited to be joining this group. 
For my first ever Minerva make I chose to work with this really fun Multi-colored Christmas Scuba Fabric. I’m most comfortable working with knit fabrics and find that, because of their stretching qualities, they’re easier to fit. For those of you new to knit sewing, Scuba is a great starter knit. Because of its thickness and stability it won’t shift around on you. Upon receiving this luscious piece of scuba my first observations were: the softness, nice weight (not too heavy or thin), and vibrant colors. It looks like someone threw up a bunch of Christmas decorations and they landed in perfectly scattered patterns on the fabric.
I initially wanted to make a dress but also wanted to make this garment as versatile as possible so I finally chose the Wardrobe Builder Tee pattern by Wardrobe by Me. This T-shirt is designed to be fitted at the bust and hip with slight ease at the waist. According to the pattern I measured a size 8 at the bust/waist and size 4 a the hip so I cut a size 8 without adjustments.  But after I basted the size 8 shirt together I felt like the sleeves were too big for my very slender arms.
What to do? I measured out the remainder of my fabric and was happy to discover enough fabric leftover to re-cut the bodice pieces. So I adjusted the pattern to make the arm-openings one size smaller. This is easy to do by taking the size 8 bodice and the size 6 arm opening, lining them up at the shoulder (top) and side seam (bottom). If you’re making a smaller arm opening for a smaller sleeve, as I did, you’ll need some paper to fill in the extra space.Another thing I really like about this boatneck construction is the way the neckline is finished. Oftentimes, knit tops are finished by attaching a neckband or binding. This results in 3-4 layers of fabric at the seam and that can get bulky with a fabric like scuba knit. This neckline is simply folded over and stitched resulting in a smooth finish.
The result is my perfect boatneck T-shirt. This fabric has a slight sheen that looks fabulous dressed up with a black skirt and heels but also dressed down with blue jeans. And how great is a top that you can wear to your kid’s classroom holiday party and then again to your fancy holiday dinner party? It’s all about versatility in the wardrobe.
“But what did you do with those original bodice pieces,” you may be wondering? Let me tell you that I made the most of them because you can’t let any scraps go to waste when you have fabric this adorable. Lucky for me I just happen to have a 10 year-old daughter who still loves matching with me! I grabbed the Greenstyle Strides pattern for kids and extended the side stripe in order to get this great ruched effect. Scuba knit is a great weight for pants. I used a cotton lycra jersey knit, which is a thinner fabric, for the ruched stripe. You would not want to use scuba on something being gathered like that.
Thank you for reading and I hope you’ve enjoyed my Christmas Scuba Knit garments. They’ve been such a pleasure to sew and I can’t wait to wear them all December long.
Until next time you can find me @seraandhardysewing
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Quilted Jersey Fulton Sweater Blazer

Last year I had the wonderful opportunity to pattern test for Alina Design’s new Fulton Sweater Blazer. This amazing pattern is like a sewing dream coming true for me - a sleek and stylish blazer with the comfort of a cardigan. Only 8 pattern pieces and tremendously satisfying to construct. What more can you ask for? 
Indeed I love the Fulton so much that I made two consecutively at the time of the release, one in a ponte and one in a plain cotton double knit. Fulton works well with a variety of stable medium-heavy weight knits, given that they have a certain amount of structure, ie, not too drapery or slinky. Finding the right fabric online thus can be more challenging, if you don’t know for sure how the fabric would handle. With two versions under my belt though, I was pretty confident to know what fabric I wanted for my ultimate Fulton - a quilted double knit jersey, preferably in cotton. 
So imagine my excitement when I had the opportunity to try out just the perfect Quilted Jersey Fabric from Minerva’s new range of cozy knits! The moment I opened the package I did a happy dance for my dream Fulton coming true. This fabric is essentially two layers of cotton jersey with a very thin layer of wadding in between. All three layers are ‘quilted’ together in small diamond patterns through out. It’s lightweight and soft like a T-shirt yet has enough structure for a jacket. 
Fulton sweater blazer is unlined and this is a transitional piece in my climate. With spring and fall season in mind, I felt really inspired by the muted earthy colours on trend right now. The quilted jersey comes in several classic colours and I chose the dusty pink colour called “old rose”. 
Having made the Fulton twice before, the sewing was even more fun this time around. I chose to make the shorter length (further shortened to adjust for my 158cm height) and longer sleeve (as is). I found a fun floral jersey from my stash to accent the back facing and cuff facings. The cuffs are designed to have the option of being turned up so the florals add a pop of fun. No one will see the back facing when you are wearing the blazer but the Fulton experience is not complete without the obligatory collar photo ;-). Plus it just makes me happy every time I wear my Fulton! 
A few mods I made... Fulton is designed with a center back seam which I believe gives extra structure to the knit garment so it doesn’t stretch out. The quilted jersey behaves almost like a stretchy woven so I decided to eliminate the back seam. Visually I found it more pleasing to have the diamond patterns uninterrupted at the back. I shall see how this calculated risk works out over time. 
Also in the interest of keeping the continuous quilted pattern, I decided to skip the patch pockets. I also did some slow sewing and blind-stitched the hem by hand. Because the fabric is made of three layers, It's very easy to catch only the top layer when blind stitching. It was quiet relaxing and went much faster than I thought. If hand stitching is not your thing, I think a regular hem will be absolutely fine. I simply wanted to spend more time with this lovely fabric! 
In terms of care of this fabric, I followed the care instructions on Minerva's product page and pre-washed it in a regular warm cycle. The fabric washed out beautifully and line-dried without wrinkles. I'm so pleased to have a sleek jacket that doesn't require dry cleaning - perfect for mom life!
And we can't have a Fulton review without talking about the signature notched collar, right? Don't let it intimidate you - Alina's superb pattern making means it comes together precisely with a few clear steps. Every time I make this collar I get the thrill of accomplishing something truly satisfying. The quilted jersey behaves exceedingly well with the collar construction. It irons well on cotton setting resulting in crisp lines and sharp corners. I do recommend using a press cloth though to avoid squishing the quilted texture. 
My new Fulton is every bit as I envisioned and more. It's lightweight, super soft and provides just the right amount of warmth for transitional seasons. The modern and chic details makes an instant statement effortlessly. I love how the dusty rose colour goes with both Spring and Fall palettes. But when a fabric and pattern is so perfect, I'm not sure I'll stop at one colour - maybe a black Fulton next? ;-)
until next time,
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Dixie DIY ballet dress with Vogue 9000's skirt Hack

Hi Everyone! I’m so happy to be sharing my latest make. I love the festive season. There are parties and great food and a sense of excitement in the air. It's funny because we plan and photograph our festive issues at Love Sewing magazine during the summer so I sort of have two Christmases! 

This dress is going to be a great staple this year as it's that magical combination of toasty and fancy.

It's the fabric that makes it so wonderful with subtle silver metallic threads and white sequins woven into the jersey. There is a great texture to the fabric too that makes it feel like a sweater knit you'd find in ready to wear clothes.

I used a mixture of the Dixie DIY ballet dress bodice with Vogue 9000's skirt which I cut on the fold and adjusted at the side seams to fit the bodice. The sleeves fit so well, I love the scoop neckline and you cant best a swishy skirt. I made a slim waist belt in the same fabric but also like it with my black patent belt. I should have made thread belt loops to help stop the belt sliding down! Still time to add those now it's done.

It cuts and sews very easy as the sequins aren't too densely spread over the fabric. I used a rotary cutter and mat then finished everything on an overlocker. The hems are just turned under and stitched. I used a universal needle and narrow zigzag for all the construction. Easy peasy!

It's a little sheer but as you can see with a slip underneath I have perfect coverage. It gave me a good excuse to break out my wedding jewellery again. I feel so sparkly and merry!!

Merry Christmas, happy festive season and a wonderful winter to everyone!

Amy @ almondrock.co.uk

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It's pajama chic!

One of the things I love about sewing is the ability to create clothes that you wish you had in your closet. 
These Scottie PJ's are just that! As soon as I saw this fabric I knew that I needed to make my dream 2-piece pajama set. 
It's no secret among my friends and family that I love J.Crew, but they are a bit pricey. Every holiday season they have a pair of similar PJ's on their website and they sell out before I can splurge. Well now that I've made my own, I don't have to buy them! Didn't that work out nicely? 
For my version, I used Simplicity 8803. It's has pattern pieces for women and girls -which make it perfect for coordinating outfits! I used the Misses' size small for my top and a size medium for my pants. The pants were a perfect fit. The top? More on that later.
At first glance, this pattern seems intimidating. I mean, it's a pajama set with trim, a collar, cuffs and buttons, oh my! But in true sewing fashion, the projects that always appear to be the most intimidating usually are the easiest. 
The pattern calls for twill tape and piping. I opted not to use the twill tape since I didn't feel that my pants needed it. I did, however add the piping. I made sure to dig up my piping foot during the process. It was so helpful! 
The pattern does come with excellent directions for sewing the piping trim onto the pajamas. However, I cannot imagine taking these steps without a piping foot or a zipper foot. 
I believe there are 11 pattern pieces for the women's version, which again, surprisingly not a lot! Right? 
It took me a little longer to cut the pattern pieces since the fabric has a directional pattern. I cut each pattern piece on a single cut. If and when I make this in a solid color, this should not be a concern. 
I was careful to make sure that my front facing, front, back and pants all mirrored each other symmetrically. 
The surprise for me was that the cuffs for the shirt and the pants were separate pieces (forgive me but I've never made PJs like this before). So, again, I made sure that the cuffs matched perfectly with the fabric pattern on the sleeves and pants. This allowed for a seamless look between the break from the piping.
I will add that when I make these again, I will be sure to grade a size up in the top. The current top that I have is a little too snug (I made a small). By the finished garment measurements I should've had a decent amount of ease, but that wasn't so. I'll probably make a medium/large in the top to account for more room and comfortability as I sleep. 
So, the big question...will I actually wear these to bed or (even better) on Christmas? Um, heck yes. After all, these are my handmade (knock-off) Scottie PJ's! 
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French Terry, Rah Rah dress!

Hey there, its ChatterStitch here (aka Carol) I’m back on the blog today to tell you all about my latest make, but before I do I have also an incy wincey confession to make!

Sshh don’t tell anyone, but although I have been sewing for more than 40 years I have never, ever made anything, in animal print before!

I know crazy right?

I don’t really know why, maybe I’m too conservative in my pattern choices or maybe I have too many childhood memories of Bet Lynch holding court in the Rovers Return!

(For those of you too young to remember, she was a rather brassy barmaid in Coronation Street) she also wore lots of Leopard print!

Any way I’m getting distracted, but the truth is when I saw this Leopard Print Fabric on the Minerva website, I decided I just had to give it a go!

Before I cut into it, I laundered at 40°C and line dried. I must say it washed up a treat and pressed beautifully.

The website has it listed as a medium weight French Terry sweat shirting which means its lovely, soft and warm. It also has a fibre content of 95% cotton and 5% elastane which means it has got a really nice element of stretch but maintaining a good structure, so reasonably firm to the touch but with a nice recovery. As you would expect being French terry.

I had decided to make a Tilly and the Buttons Coco dress with a funnel neck. I have made this pattern before and if you have never sewn with stretch fabrics, I would strongly recommend it. It’s a great pattern and is definitely beginner friendly. Tilly and the buttons patterns are all really good, I have made several and everyone has made up perfectly.

I made a standard size 7 on the Tilly size guide and I am roughly a size 16 in ready to wear. The only alteration I made to the pattern was to lengthen the dress by about 3 inches, I am 5 feet 9 inches and I have found that this comes up a bit shorter on me than I would like, and lets face it this is one of the main reasons why most of us choose to make our own clothes.

I know this dress will get loads of wear without a coat through cooler days as its lovely and warm. Then under a jacket when the weather really turns cold as it won’t be too bulky, meaning it will be in constant rotation.

The fabric comes in four lovely colours, this one which is Jeans Blue, Grey, Light coral and Pink. They are all really nice, delicately muted shades which all compliment each other, they would make great secret pyjamas. The fabric is also 62 inches wide and unlike some fabrics the print is right up to the selvedge which means that its great value for money.

I can’t recommend this fabric highly enough, I think it would be a great one to choose if you are new to sewing with stretch fabrics as it behaves really well, it has a great structure doesn’t distort when handling, cutting or sewing.

I think if I hadn’t made my Coco with it, I would love to have made some comfy joggers or a nice snuggly hoody top, in fact a raglan with contrast sleeves in one of the different colourways would look great!

Anyway, enough from me for now, until next time keep chatting and stitching! 

Carol x

@chatterstitch

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1950’s Style Starburst Tulle Dress

Hello to all the fabulous sewists! This is my first time writing for the Minerva Blog and I am so excited to be sharing my first project here with everyone.

I am a big fan of mid-century fashion and my sewing projects are usually 1950’s vintage-inspired. When I saw this gorgeous sequined lace tulle fabric in starburst design, I knew it would be perfect for a 1950’s inspired evening party dress.

The Bodice

The bodice of this dress is made from my own hacked version of Simplicity 8130, a re-issue of a vintage 1950’s bustier pattern. The hack is really simple - I slashed the original pattern along the underbust line and added seam allowance for sewing.

As the original pattern of the bodice goes below the waistline, I also raised the waistline accordingly for making the dress. Since I had previously used this pattern, I was confident that this would work perfectly for the dress I had in mind.

The Skirt

The gathered skirt is made using 2 rectangular pieces of 62.5” x 27” fabric (seam allowance not included). Here’s how I decided on how much fabric to cut:

Length of skirt = 27”

I decided to go with a classic below-the-knee length dress and for my height, which means I need the skirt to be about 27” long.

Width for gathers (aka top portion of the skirt that will be attached to the bodice) = 62.5” for front and 62.5” for back

When making a gathered skirt, it is common to have a width of fabric that is at least twice the width of your waist. Of course, the quotient of multiplying the waist width by 2 is dependent on the weight / thickness of the fabric as well as the volume of gathers desired.

With ease included, I usually make skirts and dresses around 25” for the waist. Because I wanted a really dramatic poof below the waist and the tulle (without the sequins) is a pretty thin fabric that can handle a big volume of gathers, I decided to have a width of fabric that is 5 times the width of my waist.

25” (waist width) x 5 (volume for gathers) = 125”

Width of 2 rectangular pieces = 125”

Width of 1 rectangular piece = 125” x 0.5 = 62.5”

To reduce bulk along the seams, I also removed the sequins in the seam allowance where the gathering takes place. This was the most tedious (yet very crucial) part of the sewing process. Many articles that I had come across recommended removing sequins in the seam allowance for all the seams, but I found that unnecessary for my dress (except for the seam where I gathered the skirt).

After removing the unnecessary sequins in the seam allowance for the gathers, I sewed the pieces together along the length to make the side seams, and then cut lengthwise at the centre of one piece to make the centre-back seam for inserting a centre-back zipper.

The Underskirt

Last but not least, to create the classic 1950’s style voluminous skirt silhouette, I added a couple of layers of plain black tulle under the skirt. All that gathering for the black tulle really took a while but having a gathering foot for the sewing machine really helped!

Some tips for sewing with sequins / tulle fabric

I didn’t mention this at the start of this post but this is actually my first time sewing with a sequined tulle fabric like this! To be honest, I was really apprehensive about starting this project but working with this fabric turned out to be easier than I thought!

For those of you who haven’t worked with a fabric like this before but is interested in trying, I have some tips to share from my own sewing experience from making this dress (and breaking 2 needles):

Use microtex needle if you are sewing plain tulle (or the portion of this sequined tulle fabric where there’s no sequins)

Use regular needles if you are sewing through sequins (yes, it is safe to sew through sequins but wear glasses or safety goggles just to be extra safe when sewing!) and if you are doing heavy-duty sewing like attaching the gathered skirt to the bodice

Use regular scissors instead of your special fabric scissors for cutting through sequins – I used my kitchen scissors!

Have a vacuum cleaner ready for clean-up after every sewing session

Remove extra sequins along seam allowance to remove bulk if needed (but like I mentioned, I only did this for the gathered seam for the skirt in this project)

I hope my dress and my sewing tips will be helpful in getting some of you inspired to try this sequined tulle fabric. I will be posting additional videos on my Instagram to explain the construction of this dress in a bit more detail on a later date, so you can follow me on Instagram @gwenstellamade if you would like to see more!

Note: I am wearing an extra layer of crinoline under my skirt for EVEN MORE volume! 

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Penelope Jumpsuit

Hi everyone!

This one is my first post on Minerva blog :) I’m so glad to join you! Let me first introduce myself… My name is Sylwia. I come from Poland, but now I’m living on the south-west coast of Norway. Like most of Polish people, I moved because of economics. I write about this, because it had a direct impact on starting my sewing adventure. When I came to Norway it took me a while to find a work. I had a lot of time and rainy days (225 per year) didn’t help me to get used to new place of living. I had to find a hobby to get by with new situation. One day, while browsing internet, I found a very interesting sewing blog and at the same time I thought “this is it!”. I bought sewing machine and that’s how it began. Now, after five years, I’m writing the post here and I’m a member of sewing community.

My favorite sewing projects are definitely dresses. I love making them! I like the most evening gowns and maxi dresses in boho style. When I saw this Penelope Beaded Lattice Lace Fabric, my first thought was that I will make a glitter evening gown, which I can wear during New Year’s Eve party. I imagined how it’s going to look like and I ordered 3 meters. When I got the fabric, I’ve changed my mind and decided to sew something easier than gown. It was the first time I had an opportunity to sew beaded lace. This one is quite heavy and I wasn’t sure if my gown turns out as I planned. I chose easier and safer project, because I’m not advanced seamstress and I didn’t want to waste this beautiful fabric.

First I checked my fabric stock and found a viscose jersey in nice sand gray color. It matched perfect Penelope. Instead of sewing dress, I’ve decided to make a simple jumpsuit. My idea was to sew comfortable and elegant garment that can be worn during special occasions. I mixed two patterns that I used in previous sewing projects. To make bodice I used one of Burda Style patterns (I don’t remember which one). To make trousers I used McCall’s 7577 - this one is actually a jumpsuit. I love its wide legs and it’s one of my favorite patterns.

 After I cut the fabrics, I basted pieces of lace to corresponding jersey pieces and treated them as one layer of fabric. Before sewing I had to remove beads from seam edges to avoid sewing machine failure. I think this was the worst moment of making the jumpsuit. Beads were everywhere in my flat ;) I’m not going to write more about sewing process, because it wasn’t complicated and I made it much easier by pulling elastic in waist. I avoid sewing zippers if only I have an opportunity to do this.

I really like how the jumpsuit turned out. It’s very heavy but it doesn’t bother me to wear it. Now I’m counting days until New Year’s Eve… I’m going to shine!

Thanks for reading,

Sylwia @redhaireddressmaker

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