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Gold Sequin Gown

Hello! My name is Jasmine and I am SEW excited to be sharing my first blog post with Minerva Blog! I figured what better way to start my first breakout post than to share something that I love creating the most and that is GOWNS! I spend a lot of time making dresses and gowns for other people so it’s pretty special that I get to make one for myself. So happy I get this space to share.

When my package first arrived in the mail from Minerva I was super excited and couldn‘t wait to get right to work. I received 4yds of this gorgeous Gold Sequin Fabric. It has a 2-way stretch and it comes in lots of great color options. Initially it was hard to narrow down a color but I’m happy with my choice. It has a great weight and is not as heavy as most sequins which I knew would be important for the cowl drape detail that’s in the back of the dress.

I love using the free PDF patterns located on mood.com under Sewciety. So for this make I used the Hyacinth Gown as my pattern.

What attracted me to this pattern and one of my favorite details about this dress is the deep cowl in the back.  I think it’s super sexy but classy as the same time. I knew the sequin would drape well with this style and give it a nice refined look.

Another sexy detail is the high split in the front, I actually made it a tad bit higher to show off my long legs ;)

Since the cowl is in the back I installed an invisible zipper at my side seam. I also extended my back hem to create more of a high low look.

I like working with this type of sequin material because it cuts and sews a lot easier than most.

If you don’t mind printing and putting together pdf patterns it’s actually a pretty quick and easy make. To line it I used a taupe color lining from Jo-Ann Fabrics that was also a 2-way stretch to keep the consistency with the shell material. I think the fabric was perfect for this look and made me feel like a golden Goddess. 

Though I don’t have any immediate plans on where I will wear it, it’s nice to know that I have it on hand. I definitely will be ready for any upcoming holiday parties!


Thank you for reading and I really hope you enjoyed this feature. Until next time!

@sewmuchjazz

You can also find my blog here!

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SOI Ultimate Trouser x Simplicity 1283 In Scuba

Don’t you love it when you happen across a piece of fabric, and know exactly what you want it to be?  That’s what happened with these pants. Call it destiny, call it fate, whatever, but I call it a good dang look.

I’ve never sewn with scuba knits before, and I didn’t really know what to expect when I began prepping this project. I’ve lived in San Diego my whole life, and have owned a few wetsuits, so I guess I was anticipating that scuba knits would have that same stiff, hot, bendy-spongy feel as those worn-out suits, but boy, was I wrong!  I’m totally into it, now that I have an idea of what it is - it’s supple and bouncy and gentle and so, so comfortable. On top of that, the print on this Lady McElroy Fabric is deeply saturated, and the edges of the design stay crisp and undistorted, even if you stretch it tight. I’ve been wearing it for a couple hours now, and it hasn’t started to sag or bag out. I definitely wouldn't use it for, say, a tee shirt, but I REALLY like it as a bottom weight. I know, this is a cliche, but these pants are total secret pajamas in this knit.

Scuba knit is also pretty easy to sew, it turns out. I modified a pair of Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers (my favorite pants pattern; I cut an 8 waist, 10 hip, and scooped out the crotch and seat curve) by tracing a Simplicity flared leg pattern to give the pants this bodacious look. I traced the leg of Simplicity 1283 (an out-of-print Mimi G pattern, but I bet the Ginger Jeans flare expansion pack would give the same look) to create this shapely bell, lining up the two pattern pieces at the crotch curve. I’m sure it would be super easy to modify the Ultimate Trousers into some very on-trend wide legs, but wide legs are just not for me. I like a juicy flared leg like this, I think it’s retro, unexpected, and a little bit sexy. I cut these two inches longer than the pattern called for, just so I could wear them with some 6” stompers. 

 

I also did away with the zipper and facing, because this scuba knit is so stretchy that it rendered both of those finishes redundant. Instead, I picked up some waistband elastic (get the Soft Prym Waistband Elastic, it’s really comfortable, and I think it really is different, and a bit nicer, than that regular ol’ wide elastic). I followed this Professor Pincushion tutorial for attaching it. 

This project only took me 2 hours to cut, sew, and finish (the insides are totally serged), and it makes me feel good. I think scuba is a super flattering substrate that I’m going to have to get to know better. 

Thanks for reading,

Mary @boxcarsewing

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Dress Like A Watermelon

I’m not sure how many people think, “Hmm, I sure would like to look like one of my favourite fruits.” If you aren’t doing it, though, you should, because this outfit is so much fun!

When I first saw this Viscose Challis Fabric in chartreuse, I knew I had to create this outfit using a watermelon pink fabric from my stash. The two pair so well together. The viscose challis is definitely a lovely fabric. Viscose challis is a delicate fabric and should be treated with care when sewing. The fabric can be prone to thread pulls as well so use a good needle for finer fabrics and take care to not snag it with pins. It does also curl a bit when pressing so using a spray starch helps with that as well as making the sewing easier with a slippery fabric. The other tip I have for sewing viscose challis is to stay stitch and be careful with tension on your sewing machine as the fabric can stretch out slightly with sewing. Stay tape or a lightweight iron on interfacing can also help prevent the stretching out. You can see how the pockets stretched out a bit. I didn’t correct it because I actually like the look with the fabric and style. I’ve seen some ready to wear skirts that go for the same look and I really like the style, especially paired with the oversized sheer top. Viscose challis is definitely worth the trouble. It is lovely to wear and perfect for layering or wearing during warmer months. It’s a gorgeous drapey fabric that can complement a lot of patterns.

The pattern I used for my skirt is the Donovan Skirt from Helen’s Closet. My top is a modified Ione shirt from Workhorse patterns. I omitted the yoke for the shirt to cut it all as two pieces and used self-fabric bias tape for the neckline and armhole finishing.

The skirt is a straight size 28 without any modifications. The top is a size 30 graded out at the hips a couple of inches. Both fit really nicely and are a perfect match for each other.

I’ve made the Ione shirt twice before and love it. It’s a quick sew and has incredible instructions. I think this is my favourite version yet. The pattern would also be great for the viscose challis the skirt is made with. I actually have a bit of fabric left so I may be able to squeeze a top out of the leftover fabric. I can’t resist a matching set.

This is my first time making the Donovan skirt, but not my first time making a Helen’s Closet pattern. Helen’s Closet patterns have excellent instructions and are perfect for beginners even with the more complex patterns since the instructions guide you through every step with ease. The fabric would probably be better for more advanced beginners but if you are looking for a good project for your first time sewing with a fabric like viscose challis, the Donovan skirt is perfect. It’s also a quick project even with a complicated fabric. I think it took me about 2.5 hours to make this skirt.

This definitely won’t be my last Donovan skirt. I already have plans for more. I love this outfit, although, it definitely makes me crave watermelon whenever I wear it. Not a bad issue to have though! Would you dress like your favourite fruit?

Thanks for reading,

Andie @ Sew Pretty In Pink

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Red Shirt Dress!

Hi Minervacrafters, all these years that I’ve been sewing I have never made myself a red garment, red is such a bold colour and whenever I thought of choosing a red fabric I had a second thought on whether I would actually wear it after all so it never happened. Lately, though I had been thinking a lot of finally making a red dress, part of the joy of sewing our own clothes is trying new styles so I went for it and chose this red Tencel Twill Fabric from Minerva.

I have had tencel fabrics in the past and I really like the feel of this fiber and this twill is a soft fabric with a good drape and it is perfect for dresses. It truly is one of my favorite fabrics so far and I’m glad I had the chance to review it as part of the Maker Team. I didn’t have a specific pattern or look in mind when I ordered it but as I loved the fabric I thought that choosing a simple casual pattern would work best for me as the red colour would not look too much in a casual dress. 

The pattern is from Burda Style Magazine 04/2019 and although I was tempted to make the red dress on the cover of the magazine I chose pattern 119 which is a maxi shirt dress, I don’t have any maxi dress and since I had enough fabric for it I chose this pattern after all. 

The pattern features a mandarin collar, extended shoulder without sleeves, contrasting bands and belt, I made size 44 as always with Burda patterns. The construction of the dress is super easy, it is loose fitting with no darts and since it is sleeveless you can imagine how fast this dress can be made. I didn’t read the instructions as I don’t need to with such an easy pattern and I made some changes in the look of the dress. I didn’t add the contrasting bands nor the belt, instead, I wear it with a brown leather belt. The most obvious change though is that I added a shirt collar as I don’t like how a simple collar stand looks on me. To do that I used a collar pattern from a shirt pattern that I recently made, measured the length of the collar stand that was in the Burda pattern and as the shirt collar was longer than the collar stand I shortened it to make it fit, It worked really good and it was a very easy adjustment. I used French seams all over the dress and I really like how neat it looks in the inside. Instead of buttons I chose to use snaps, I love using them as they are so easy to attach but also because I like the look of them in garments.

This is one of my favorites makes and I see wearing this dress in a weekly basis, I was surprised that I don’t find it too much wearing red in my daily life and I’m glad that I finally took the decision to make a red dress.

Take care,

Aida @aida_k.t

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Oh So Cute Christmas Tops!

Hi there,

It's Chatterstitch here, back on the Minerva Blog to tell you guys all about this adorable Jersey Fabric!

So, when I was first asked to review this delightful cotton knit Jersey. I just knew I had to make something cute for my little grandson, and as it’s a Christmas fabric (well I suppose its not actually Christmassy, just wintery!) I thought it would be great fun to match with him!

The fabric is a beautiful quality, it is just so soft, and the colours are fabulous. This shade of teal is a real feast for the eyes, it has a lovely saturated tone, and the little woodland animal characters are so delightful!

Just look at them cuddling up to each other in their hats and scarves!

I particularly like these little guys cuddling up!

I think that the artist who designed the print on this fabric definitely had a great sense of fun!

The description of the fabric is “medium weight and 200 grams”

That’s a lovely weight, and with the fibre content being 96% cotton and 4% spandex the stretch, recovery and weight made this just perfect for matching tops.

It is also a generous 66 inches wide. So, I think this is great value for money.

As per my usual routine with new fabric, I pre washed the fabric at 30°C in my machine (I know the Minerva website suggests a 40°C wash cycle) but I almost always wash my laundry at the lower temperature, not only is it better for the environment, but mostly clothes only need to be freshened up as they don’t often get that dirty! I then dried it outside on my washing line. I am sure I have mentioned this before, but I absolutely love seeing new fabric blowing in the breeze on a sunny day, it gives me a real buzz, just imagining all the myriad of possibilities the fabric holds!

Anyway, I digress! For my matching tops I made the Tilly and the buttons Freya top for me in a size 7 and the Brindle and Twig Raglan in size 3-4 for my little friend! I have made both these before and they sew up really quickly. Such a great palate cleanser after more tasking makes.

Don’t they look gorgeous?

I am lucky in the fact that I own both an overlocker and a coverstitch machine, but the quality and recovery of this fabric would definitely allow this jersey to be sewn up on a regular sewing machine. You would just need to use a stretch stitch to sew the main garment up and then using a twin needle would be great for the hems on the sleeves and the shirt hems would give a great finish!

Although I own a coverstitch machine I honestly believe that it’s a luxury, but you can get almost as good a finish with a twin needle, I would invest in a walking foot (or even feed foot) as they are sometimes called. But that would make sewing stretch fabrics really simple.

We might not wear these very often on the days when we see each other, but the photo shoot was great fun, and when ever I wear mine it will make me remember this day and the fun they are!

And yes, come Christmas time I will get loads of wear from mine even when the little guy isn’t around!

Thanks for reading,

Carol @chatterstitch

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V9253 Fuchsia Masterpiece

Hello All! My name is Erika Glosson from @Glossonglam (IG), and I am beyond excited to share my first make with you, showcasing this beautiful fabric from Minerva.

I chose to make view B on theVogue Pattern V9253. I chose this pattern because of the clean lines, the color of the fabric was so vibrant that I wanted as few seams as possible. As soon as I saw the Stretch Duchess Satin Fabric in Fuchsia Pink, I instantly knew that whatever masterpiece came out of this was going to be great!

Once I received the fabric, I was even happier that the color looked even better in person. It had a very soft hand with an amazing luster. It also has a 3% stretch which allowed the garment to drape beautifully. Sewing with this fabric was a dream, and despite the satin texture it stayed in place and did not slip during the construction process. The weight of the fabric was a bit heavier than anticipated, but the extra weight also made for a better drape once the dress was completed. 

The Fuchsia was the perfect color for the summer months. I knew I wanted something bright, bold and vibrant, and with this fabric I achieved just that. I went back and forth with a few different patterns, and finally went with a classic Vogue silhouette. This pattern is so flattering and beautifully shows off the rich, flowy, satin fabric. I’ve actually had this pattern on my “need to make” list for the longest time and this fabric could not have come at a better time!

I’ve worn this dress twice now and have received countless compliments on the color of my dress. Since I chose a solid fabric, I had to style the dress with several of my favorite complimentary pieces. With most of my solid looks I love to jazz it up by accessorizing the look. Having a solid foundation allows you to enhance the look with pieces to express yourself through your clothing. I chose to go with a straw hat, a dinosaur brooch, leather belt, and some gold sandals. I was very strategic about selecting these pieces, not wanting to take away from the dress being the statement. By adding these few pieces, it elevated my dress, and created a more luxe look overall.

All in all I am extremely satisfied with the outcome of both the fabric and the pattern choice. I can’t thank Minerva enough for this amazing opportunity. I can’t wait to share with you guys my future makes with the gorgeous fabrics that come from Minerva. I will be posting several different looks on Instagram wearing this amazing dress. Luckily, this dress is very versatile and can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. I look forward to designing many more creations with the wonderful Minerva Maker team. It has been such a pleasure!! Stay tuned for more fabulous makes from@Glossonglam.

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Holiday Parker Sweaters

It’s Cass from CraftyProfessor! Today I’m sharing a special holiday make with you with fabric that reminded me of our dog, Parker!

Do you get as excited about the holidays as I do? I love the excitement in the air in the month and weeks leading up to Christmas! And do you know what jumpstarts that excitement? Holiday themed garments! I couldn’t pass on this amazing Christmas plaid doggy Velvet Fabric when I saw it! I got 1.5 meters, which was more than enough to make myself and my 3 year old son a top (sorry, my husband missed out on this one). 

The fabric has a typical velvet feel on the patterned side and slightly slippery white feel on the back. It’s very stretchy and has a nice weight and drape to it. It would actually make a really pretty dress or long cardigan too! I washed it on normal settings with no problems and ironed it on my synthetic setting (though not very much). 

With a super fun print like this, I wanted to keep my top simple and comfy – something I could wear to a holiday happy hour, or with sweats lounging at home. I went with my tried and true Megan Nielsen Jarrah top for myself. I have made MANY versions of this top, but I haven’t actually made the most basic version yet.  Although my measurements fall into a larger size, I made the smallest size (0) as I like it a little less baggy.  I also added a couple of inches to the length and reduced some length in the arms because #shortarms.  Although I could have used the same fabric for the band, cuffs, and neck band, I chose to use a solid black so it didn’t look too busy. The bottom band and sleeve cuffs are basic cotton lycra from my stash and the neck band is cotton lycra rib knit from my stash. I stabilized the shoulder seams with some clear stabilizing tape and it was a VERY fast and easy sew. Like you could make this with less than a meter of fabric a couple hours before you needed it!

For my son’s version, I decided to make a reversible jacket/cardigan so that we could extend the wear he got from it. I used the Grandpa Cardigan pattern from Brindille and Twig, which I have made before. I was like, “this will be so easy to make reversible”. But let me tell you, my brain was working pretty hard on this one! The black fabric for this one is a fuzzy stretchy old yoga blanket and the brown is a reversible knit from my stash. I basically made the two shells separately, but then I got a bit stuck…

That’s when I had to do some internet searching.  I found a helpful tutorial from Blank Slate Patterns, which guided me the rest of the way.

The pattern calls for buttons, but I knew that snaps would work better for a reversible jacket, so I happened to find four vintage antique brass snaps in my stash that worked perfectly (except I smashed them too hard and dented them a bit – oh well!).

When I had my son try it on for our photos he asked, “Mama, is today Christmas?”  (It was not – it was August) to which I replied, “Soon!” 

And here are a few photos of it the other way!

Thanks for reading and I hope everyone has a wonderful and festive holiday season!!

Cass @craftyprofessor

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Rose Chiffon Eloise Dress

Hello, fellow makers! I’m Meg from MEGMADE Sewing and I’m back with a fabric that doesn’t cross my machine very often: chiffon. Read on for more details about how I turned this gorgeous rose chiffon into a flouncy Eloise Dress!

One of my goals for the year has been to sew with a wider variety of fabrics and substrates. I found myself in a rut always grabbing the same two or three types, and branching out in this way would push me to further broaden my sewing skills, and would also encourage me to revisit substrates I’ve enjoyed in the past too. So when I saw this beautiful floral John Kaldor Chiffon Fabric, I knew I needed to grab it and check ‘chiffon’ off my list. 

I tend to gravitate towards pinks and florals, which also made me jump at this fabric. There are shades of dusty pink and mauve but the roses also lay atop a black background, and the contrast between the two is stunning and lends some drama to the floral print.

Because chiffon is so delicate and swishy, I wanted a pattern that would really show off how beautifully the fabric moves. I landed on the Eloise Dress by By Hand London, a dress I’ve loved for a long time. Its a simple shift dress with optional sleeves, gussied up with a dropped, gathered circle skirt and optional frilly sleeves and tie belt. Though the chiffon increases the difficulty of this pattern, at its core it sews together quickly with a simple bust dart and a pull on style. 

Because I tend to like my garments closer fitting in the bodice, I sized down one size in the bust to a 14 and added a half inch full bust adjustment. I left the waist and hips a size 16. I also used the size 16 armscye and sleeve with a one inch full bicep adjustment. My shoulders are narrow but my upper arms are wider so this combination of adjustments worked best for me to get a shoulder and sleeve that fit comfortably. Finally, I shortened the sleeves slightly to elbow length, just so the cute frills wouldn’t drag through my plate when eating. 

There are a couple of different options for sewing chiffon seams, but since this fabric had decent opacity I chose to sew with my machine like normal and serge the seams with black thread. I also had no interest in sewing a narrow hem to finish the skirt and sleeves so I just did a narrow rolled hem using my serger. I really like the neat black edge it gives the dress! The Eloise is designed to have a facing to finish the neckline (and arms if doing the sleeveless version) but since my fabric was sheer I chose to finish the edges with a regular serge and then folded them under and stitched.

Of course a sheer dress needs a slip, so I used the Ariane bodysuit and its bonus slip variation from Seamwork in this black Lady McElroy Soft Jersey Fabric. Its a viscose spandex knit which is one of my favorites because its soft, drapes beautifully, and has nice recovery. The Ariane worked perfectly for wearing under my chiffon dress, and the lovely multi-piece cup design makes it feel a little extra special. The instructions use fold over elastic to finish the bodice edges and as the straps, which I found to not be sturdy and supportive enough, but it worked fine with a black bra, and in the future I would either stabilize the fold over elastic with twill tape inside part of the strap, or modify it to use a less stretchy strap elastic. Even so, my slip turned out plenty comfortable and exactly what I was looking for as an under layer for sheer garments. 

There's something about chiffon that makes an outfit feel extra feminine and flirty, and I love how it shines in this Eloise Dress. Its lightweight for wearing in warmer weather, but it could also be dressed up with some tights and booties and maybe a long cardigan for cooler months as well. Transitional pieces are the best!

Thanks again to Minerva Crafts for having me on the blog! 

XO - Meg @megmadesewing

MEGMADE Sewing

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How To Emphasize The Waistline | Flamingos, Wine and Dirty Dancing

There are not many things I want from life:

-  to receive fresh flowers from time to time

- to have somebody to drink good wine with

- …and to be able to wear pretty dresses :)

On the day we took these pictures everything mentioned above happened! Yay, I was such a happy puppy! And now everytime I wear this dress I remember that day and smile.

And if you want to know why I also feel very confident in this dress, keep reading!

I honestly can´t remember the last time I received so many compliments on an outfit. EVERYBODY at work told me the dress is nice and specifically the fabric! What´s there not to like? It has pink elements, flowers AND flamingos! Fabric of dreams, right? When this Cotton Lawn Fabric arrived in a Minerva happy mail, I was pleasantly surprised by the softness of the material and it took me quite a while to stop touching it and start planning my project.

I decided that pink flamingos and flowers need to become something very feminine and at the same time I found out that Sew Over It released their Grace dress pattern. Perfect match! The wide neckline reminded me of Baby´s dress in the Dirty dancing and I always wanted a dress like that, because, you know – nobody puts Baby in the corner and I feel I should escape my corner more often. And the lawn also holds its shape nicely, co the gathered skirt keeps its volume:

You know, I am in peace with the way I look like, I am way past the phase of life full of insecurities. I look this way, I like it and I walk with pride. But! My body just somehow forgot to shape the waistline :) I got it from my mama. And she got it from her mama. The waistline is just something that will probably never happen in our family. For illustration, my measurements are 92 – 74 – 90. I love it, but it is exactly 14 centimeters far from being a Miss Universe with 90 – 60 – 90 (by the way, who came up with this horrible thing? NOBODY has measurements like this and I sewed clothes for some very very skinny women!)

But consider this: the difference between the so called “ideal” difference is 30 centimeters and mine is 16, almost only a half. Again – I am fine with that, but I came up with several ways how to mimic a more defined waistline. It just makes me feel good and I like my silhouette more.

- High-waisted everything

- Volume added to the skirt

- Contrasting belt

- Bow belt

- No loose-fitting baggy clothes

As you can probably tell, all of the ways optically create a stronger divide between the natural waistline and hips. My favourite dress patterns therefore have a fitted bodice just to the waist and a skirt. These features help me create the X silhouette which I like and with which I feel confident. Even Dior thought in the 50s this is something that suits women the best!

And one more thing: A smart and very skilled seamstress once told me that the natural waist is higher than women usually think. A great tip was how to find your waistline, just bend to the side and where your skin gets wrinkled first, there is your natural waistline.

Sewing with the fabric was a total dream. Cotton doesn´t move and this specific cotton lawn Minerva Crafts kindly sent me is so delicate it doesn´t create any bulk. It is slightly sheer though. Nothing dramatic, but I just decided it would be better to make the facings from white fabric – otherwise the blue leaves of the print might show through the top layer.

Are you asking why I mentioned the wine and flowers in the beginning? Well, after a successful day at the office I went to see my friend Vanda, who was so kind and brought me flowers just to make me a little happier. I really think this is something us women could do, we don´t have to wait for men to bring us flowers!. We got a nice glass… well, a bottle…. or two… of white wine and we laughed about silly stuff until midnight.

I don´t want many things from life, but sometimes I am lucky enough to get much more I can imagine.

Thanks for reading,

Adri @adritheschneider

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Going for Gold with the Vintage Shirt Dress

I am going to level with you here and confess to having magpie tendencies…if I see anything with a hint of gold or glamour then you can be fairly certain I am going to want it! This meant that as soon as I saw the new Equator 6 Lequilt fabric by Stof, a stunning raspberry coloured Cotton Fabric with golden yellow specks, I just knew I had to have it!

It is a quilting weight cotton so it is the perfect fabric for making the Sew Over It Vintage Shirt Dress (and also a great opportunity to delve into my Grandma’s button tin once again). 

So, firstly, make sure you pre-wash the fabric just incase there is any shrinkage. Definitely use a colour catcher when pre-washing this fabric as my colour catcher was saturated in pink after the pre-wash (you don’t want to turn all your washing pink by accident) but I was incredibly impressed that the fabric still held its strong pink colour. This quilting weight cotton is really easy to pin and cut with minimal slippage. Just make sure you use an adequate amount of pins and big confident cuts with your scissors to get a smooth edge.

Using quilting weight cotton also means that you can use your leftover fabric scraps to English Paper Piece with (or any other form of patchwork)! I love a fabric that can be used to the very end.

I’ve never made a dress with a collar before and so I was quite anxious about trying it but this pattern is really accessible in that the instructions are clear and easy to follow. Take the pattern slowly, one step at a time, and you’ll be fine. I was really pleased with how it all came together with minimal alterations. I graded between 2 sizes at the waist and the Sew Over It patterns are always easy to grade between sizes. I made a slight alteration to the pattern to include sewn-in ties on the back of the dress rather than having to wear a separate belt.

I used the Sew Over It Doris Dress as inspiration for this alteration and I like how it now has a belt which I can cross over at the back and tie at the front whilst still blending in well with the dress.

Once the dress was made, it meant I could get to the fun part – finding buttons! Delving into my Grandma’s button tin is a treat every single time as there are so many buttons to choose from with many of them still attached to the original cards that they were sold on.

I wanted to choose buttons that wouldn’t detract from the dress. There were 3 sets from the button contenders that I felt worked beautifully. I utterly adored the black buttons against the Stof fabric as they have golden specks on them but they also felt like they were making too much of a bold colour statement with the black detracting from the beauty of the fabric.

The pink buttons were super cute and would definitely have worked in not detracting from the fabric but I only had 4 of the buttons so it wouldn’t have been enough to use. I love how the ‘Woolworths’ label is still attached – that is social history right there isn’t it?

Lastly, I placed the golden yellow buttons against the fabric. I loved how they were big and bold whilst still blending in with the golden yellow specks of the dress. So, we had a winner! It felt fitting to use vintage buttons for a vintage shirt dress and these buttons definitely add to the vintage feel of the overall look.

With the buttons sewn on, buttonholes cut, and the dress completed…it meant it was time for some swishing! The Sew Over It vintage inspired patterns have such swishability – you can’t help but twirl in their dresses!

I adored using this fabric with the beautifully raspberry colour – it makes you feel brighter just wearing it. I definitely can’t wait to start making some English Paper Pieced hexagons from my leftovers but, for now, you’ll find me swirling and twirling in my new raspberry and gold Vintage Shirt Dress as it is just swishable!

Naomi x 

@naomialicec

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