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#patternoftheweek - McCalls 7469

I do so like choosing my #patternoftheweek offers for you because most weeks I add it to my list of 'this is what I want to sew next'. And dare I say that list is growing steadily. For the past few weeks we have been having alterations done on our home and guess where things are getting put whilst said work is being completed? Yes you've guessed right - my sewing room. So it's a little hard at the moment finding room (I do like to spread out when sewing). And to top it all I now have a Pfaff Creative 4.5, still sitting in its box, and not had a go on it because I don't want all the dust getting in it! Now my rant is over I'd better show you the #patternoftheweek haha. The Sewing Pattern is McCalls 7469
It could be argued it's not a  dissimilar style to the New Look little girl's pattern which I featured in my #FabricFriday post last week in that 1, 2 or 3 fabrics can be used and note the concealed pockets within the diagonal front seam. The following photo shows how the pieces are sewn together for the front.
The suggested fabrics are scuba knits, ponte knits, cotton knits and basically any Knitted Fabric. There is a zip fastening down the back, now I am thinking if your chosen fabric has enough stretch in it, do you actually need to put a zip in it? If not you could do away with the centre back seam. Therefore if your chosen fabric has a large pattern, it does look great when cut all in one piece. This leads me on to my first fabric to suggest today. It is an amazing Scuba Fabric from John Kaldor. I have chose to show you this one as it is a new fabric for this season and is priced at £16.99 per mt.
I am picturing this with those black panels which you could do in our Plain Scuba Fabric in black, how fab would that look.
Next take a look at our Digital Print Scuba Fabric...
You could be forgiven for thinking this was the exact same fabric as used on the pattern. This comes in two quite similar colours, col1 has a blue check and col 2 has a grey check. Both have a shade of red running through them. Priced at just £7.99 per mt, this is an excellent buy. Please remember you may need a little extra for matching the checks in the seams. 
Amy my last choice for today is our bugs print Sweatshirt Knit Fabric...
Our website description is as follows
"This fabric is a beautiful quality sweatshirting fabric that is so soft and snuggly on the inside. You can feel the difference as soon as you handle this gorgeous fabric. It stretches in all directions with a reasonable amount of stretch. It is quite a stable jersey and not very drapey, therefore ideal for people who are new to sewing with jersey as this is an easier fabric to sew. It is a medium weight and perfect for sewing into comfy casual wear including tops, sweaters, hoodies, lounge pants, onesies and more."
Or in this case a fab dress, I would definitely make use of both colours and probably make a loose cowl to wear with it. Again new for this season and priced at £15.99.
Hope I've given you lots to think about this week and thanks for reading,
Annette xx

#FabricFriday - Jersey and Scuba

Oh boy my little Grand-daughter Emily (it could be argued that at 9 months old she is not so little) would so suit this dress. New Look Sewing Pattern 6503.
Years ago this style certainly wouldn't have been suitable for a baby but hey these days anything goes. I am imagining this with coordinating tights and a little long sleeved t-shirt. Then in the summer months worn as a dress on its own. Basically any Jersey Fabric would be suitable, I'm even thinking scuba (probably a finer one)
If you were to make version A (all in one colour) you need between 0.60 and 0.90 of a mt. So this gives you an idea of how little you would need in each of 3 colours for version D.
First for today I want to mention this Stripe Scuba Fabric which is now on offer at just £7.99 per mt.
This weight of scuba would be perfect for this dress in that it has a fantastic stretch recovery, (lets face it we wouldn't be looking at this in the same way as if making an adult figure hugging scuba dress) and will certainly hang well. And don't forget it will wash well and won't need ironing, this is surely a must, where possible, with little one's clothing. If you bought 1 mt you would have plenty of fabric to play around with those stripes. Look at version B see how the stripes have been used on the sleeves and the bodice sides. I would take this a stage further and use the different thicknesses of the stripes as well as using them vertical, horizontal or diagonal. The possibilities are endless and in order to get the best out of this (bearing in mind you need less than a mt for the whole dress) cut a 6" strip from the fabric that covers all the stripe combinations, then mix and match them, placing them this way and that and see what goes well against what. Got that? haha! If lots of us all did this I wonder if anybody would end up with the same mix? I highly doubt it.
I do like the effect used in version D. Take a look at our shimmer Scuba Fabric. I think it would look fab in the pink, ivory and black. Note on the real picture on the pattern how the 'back' of the pockets is sewn in the pink. This is such a good feature, I just love it.
Now some of these pieces for the dress are only going to take teeny tiny amounts of fabric. So get your thinking caps on, how about making yourself a black scuba skirt, a pink fitted scuba top covered by an ivory scuba cardigan! With all the leftover 'bits' you will have ample to make this dress. Something on the lines of New Look Pattern 6217 would be ideal, all 3 from one pattern. Ideal if you decide to get these now because New Look are all half price.
This then leads me on to suggest looking through your bits box, yea we all have that box of bits of fabric that will come in sometime, well now they just may do.
A gorgeous little vest top would be New Look 6285;
Hey is that stripes I see, think of the first fabric today!
I'm loving the long line cardigan/jacket shown on New Look 6482;
This would look fab in any of my suggested colours of scuba and the longline style would compliment most outfits.
Lots to think about this week and don't forget that New Look sale...50% off the patterns for a limited time!
Until next time thanks for reading,
Annette xx

#patternoftheweek - Vogue 1234 Loose Fit Dresses

Vogue Pattern 1234, not just an easy pattern number to remember (haha) but a fantastic dress that even though it is short sleeved or sleeveless could take you through many months.This just has to be one of my all time favourites. From when it came out to now it is still on my todo list. So I am more than happy to offer this wonderful pattern to you as our half price #patternoftheweek.
It is classed as an easy pattern but I must say some will not see it that way. When you first look at the instructions all the pictures appear to be like a jigsaw! So all that I can say is with this pattern sew everything in the order of the instructions and yes you will find it relatively easy. Take a look at the lineart of the pattern and you start to see the unusual shaping of the dress.
The following photo shows the first step of placing the back pieces together;
Further on in the instructions you can see how the notches and the corners etc are numbered;
Thus corner no 5 will be placed at notch no 5, corner 6 to notch 6 and notch 7 to notch 7. I have gone through the instructions quite a few times and if you follow it step by step you will not have a problem. On version A the neckband and armbands are cut from the same fabric but you could always use a lycra bias-binding if you prefer. Version B has self-lined cap sleeves but if say your jersey fabric is thicker as in Ponte Roma then you could make the sleeves single layer with just a hem at the bottom.
The pattern is from the Today's Fit by Sandra Betzina. As I have mentioned on previous blog-posts there is no mention on her patterns of sizes as in size 10, 12, 14 or 16, 18, 20 and so you HAVE to measure yourself! This pleases me immensely because there is nothing else you can go off except those measurements on the pattern. 
I love how they have very cleverly used the stripes in version A. The centre front panel is cut on the crosswise grain therefore giving a vertical stripe down the front. You must make full use of whatever fabric you are using, hold the fabric in front of a mirror and see just how the stripes work with and against each other. See on the pattern front how they've used that red stripe and remember depending on which way you use the stripes may add a little to the amount you need. Something else to take into consideration is which way the stripes run on your chosen fabric. The fabric used in this pattern has the stripes running across the width so you can see from the following photo all the pieces are cut down the length of the fabric with the exception of that centre front piece.
Most of the fabrics I am mentioning today are from our clearance range, there are some absolute bargains but please remember once they are gone they are gone. First up is our Aztec Stripe Fabric.
This as you can see is made up mainly of orange and blues and the quality is superb. There is similar stretch both lengthways and widthways so is ideal for this type of pattern. Brilliant price, just £4.99 per mt
Our website description is...
"This beautiful quality stretch jersey knit dressmaking fabric has a colourful Aztec stripe design. If you love colour, then this fabric is for you! This fabric is a light to medium weight with a good amount of stretch, but not too slippery. As part of our clearance range we are able to bring it to you at a much cheaper price than the RRP, but only whilst stocks last!"
I want to show you another Aztec Stripe Jersey Fabric next but please bear in mind this is a wider 'stripe' so more may be needed in order to choose where you want that front vertical stripe to be cut from. Slightly more at £5.99 per mt but still a fantastic bargain.
Take a look at this Jersey Fabric. Get ready to sit down (or fall down in shock) when I tell you this is only £3.99 per mt, yes you read that right. It's like it is made for this pattern and remember the pattern is half price for one week only.
I couldn't not mention our navy tonal Stripe Knit Fabric. Also in brown. Our website description is...
"This gorgeous stripey jersey fabric features approx 10mm wide stripes all in tonal shades. The colours are very soft and muted. This fabric is ever so soft and has the most wonderful drape. Use this fabric to sew your own tops, skirts and dresses."
This is not a clearance fabric, is priced at only £4.99 and hopefully available for a while. The brown one is beckoning me haha.
Last but not least I must show you this stripey design from our range of Art Gallery Jersey Fabrics at £22.99 per mt.
I love how they give their fabrics a 'name' and this fabric is no exception, it is called 'Untangled Ribbons' - isn't that beautiful. For that special occasion where you may want to splash out on something wonderfully summery or you just think blow it I'm gonna treat myself then this is for you. 
Hope I've given you plenty to think about and thanks for reading.
Annette xx

#FabricFriday - Positive/Negative & Reversible Themed Fabrics

Hi all, here I am back off a week in Maderia with Hubby Phil, his brother Geoff and my lovely sister-in-law Tracey. I have to say what a beautiful island, no beaches but so much greenery and those rocks, what can I say, stunning. The weather was warm (not jumping in the pool warm) but certainly walking about with t-shirts and shorts warm! So yes I've come back home with a tan, all be it a very mild tan! 
It is surprising how much I've missed writing my blog posts so here I am back with a vengance and oh my goodness where to start? It is mind blowing how many fabulous fabrics have arrived here at Minerva in the short time I've been away. What has stood out to me are the amount of positive/negative fabrics there are and guess what I just happen to have a Sewing Pattern in mind where they have made brilliant use of such combinations. 
The recommended fabrics for this pattern are crepes and georgettes and here I am about to show you what is 100% Cotton Fabric. I see no reason whatsoever to not use cotton, certainly for views B and D. By just looking at the front of the pattern I first thought version C had been made from cotton (mainly because it doesn't 'fall' around the sleeves). So because my first choice of fabrics for today is quite a soft cotton I think it would be perfect for this top.
Our website description is...
"This beautiful Ikat design cotton fabric is woven, not printed and made in India. It is a medium weight fabric and ideal for making summer tops, dresses, skirts, shorts and more."
But if like me you are not sure what Ikat means take a look at the following description I found while browsing the internet...
"The term “ikat” refers to the dyeing technique used to create the designs on the fabric. It is a resist dyeing process, where bundles of yarn are tightly wrapped together and then dyed as many times as is required to create the desired pattern. This dyeing process is different because the yarns are dyed before being woven into cloth. In most of the other resist-dyeing techniques, like batik for example, it is the final cloth and not the yarn, that’s dyed.Once the yarns have been suitably dyed and dried, the weaver lines them up on the loom to form the pattern. The design takes form as the yarn is woven into cloth. This is an incredibly complicated process, as the weaver has to precisely dye the threads, and place them correctly so it forms the correct pattern when woven. Just to reiterate how hard this is… in order to replicate a pattern, the weaver would have to dye the thread in exactly the same place as before AND line it up on a loom in EXACTLY the same place AND then they’d have to weave it exactly the same way."
Oh my that does seem complicated doesn't it. I think I'll stick to sewing it rather than weaving it!!
So if I was sewing it I would make version B or D because the other two versions have pleats at the bottom sides and I think pleats would spoil the pattern of this fabric. Lets face it the above 'work' needs to be displayed at its best, not 'mixed' in pleats! £13.99 per mt, not too high considering the work that goes into it.
My next Fabric, rather than positive/negative is more lighter/darker of the same design. It is up there with my favorites from the spring season fabrics.
Although this would look lovely in this top, I must admit I quite fancy a dress using both shades, maybe bring a little brown binding into it. Mmmmm must think about that!
Last but not least I want to show you one of our fantastic Clearance Fabrics. This is a simply stunning double sided fleece fabric. 
It is priced at just £6.99 per mt and although we have a reasonable amount in stock at the mo, remember it decreases daily. My imagination is running riot thinking about what I could make in this fabric. Possibly a jacket with maybe the collar and cuffs in the plain side or even vice versa in that you would have a camel effect coat or jacket with a fabulous check trim. (I'm thinking big check patch pockets). Or even a throw for your bed or lounge sofa after all it is 60" wide. (Don't forget matching cushions, possibly cut on the diagonal)
Happy sewing until next time,
Annette xx

#FabricFriday - Stunning New Fabrics

Today is definitely all about fabrics, fabrics and more fabrics! All of today's fabrics are brand new here at Minerva and are simply stunning and beautiful. We have many new Batik Fabrics either already in stock or arriving shortly (which you can pre order now) but what has immediately jumped out at me is this Floral Fabric...
This is a splash of golden yellows and gorgeous jades and is quite vibrant with an off-white petal. Also in the same print is this second colour...
This is a little more subdued being mainly pinks and blues with a dark cream petal. Either or, are they both simply must-haves and both are priced at just £7.99 per mt.
On to two new John Kaldor Fabrics. First is this gorgeous Stretch Cotton Fabric...
This fabric as the title suggests has vibrant shades of gold and orange across the design mixed with beautiful shades of pink and green all against an ivory background.
Sorry but I could not pass by the next one without showing it to you. How amazing is this Fabric...
Yes it is very me and will probably find its way into my stash!! (hehe) The mushroom floral shapes measure approx 4" across so it is quite a big pattern but I think what 'sets' it off most is the striking background of ivory with the 'drawn' black leaves effect. Look at the 'pencilled-in' effect. 
Both these stretch cottons are £13.99 per mt.
Oh dear me, look what has happened. Sorry but this Ponte Roma Fabric just dived off the shelf and flew right next to the above. Oh well you would be disappointed if I didn't show you them together, wouldn't you? 
OK so what do you think?
Would you believe I already have a piece of this in my ever expanding stash. Must dash and see how much.
Thanks for reading,
Annette xx

#PatternoftheWeek - Butterick 6382

My half price #patternoftheweek offer for you this week is Butterick Sewing Pattern 6382 which is a superb choice of jackets. There are 3 choices of neckline - quite a formal collar and revers and two versions with no collar but one being a lower neckline than the other. 
Suggested fabrics are Boucle, Linen, Gaberdine and Tweeds. Quite a variety don't you think. I am so excited to show you my first choice of fabric. It is this gorgeous Boucle Tweed Fabric. It is hard for a photo to do this fabric justice so I have tried to show it to you close up. 
Our website description is...
"This beautiful boucle tweed fabric has a loose open weave so depending on the style of garment you choose to make, you may wish to line it. The base colour of this fabric is a cream, with multicoloured chenille threads woven in to create the tweed look. We imagine this fabric being made into slouchy cardigans and sweaters, tops, skirts and dresses."
With it being an open weave we do suggest you line this fabric. So because this jacket is lined, this fabric would be ideal. My first photo shows the fabric against a cerise pink lining, this tones it down a little but doesn't it look fab.
My next photo which is against a white lining gives the fabric the WOW factor, it really shows off all those little chenille tufts.
If you fancy edging it as in version A look no further than our Wooly Textured Fold Over Elastic/Binding. There is lots of colours in this fabric so I would opt for Ivory as an edging.
Tucked up in the corner of the pattern is version C, this would look superb in our Chenille Tweed Fabri from Spain. 
Our website description of this fabric is...
"This is certainly a wow fabric! This luxurious woven chenille tweed made in Spain is absolutely fabulous. There are so many colours and textures of threads that are woven together to create this fabric, even very tiny sequins every so often. The main base colour of this fabric is black, with lots of other colours woven in, including coral pink, airforce blue, white, silver and a gold sage. We image this fabric making a channel style jacket and fitted pencil skirt or a warm dress for winter." In my next photo I've tried to show you some detail of the fabric. It is simply stunning!"
One of the featured colours within this fabric is Airforce Blue and guess what we have an Airforce Blue in the Wooly binding featured above! 
I looked at pink and white checks to feature for version B. Apart from our Polycotton Gingham Fabrics, we do have two seersucker ginghams which are here and here.
Either of these would give a look similar to version B but it must be remembered they are both cottons. This doesn't mean you can't use them because after all it is a lined jacket but the weight would be much lighter. Just a thought here - if you didn't line it and made it up in a cotton it would make a lovely summer weight jacket.
And my last choice for you today is our woven Houndstooth Fabric. I simply love this fabric.
Beware there isn't much left. If you would like some of this fabric please snap it up quickly before it all goes. 
Have a lovely happy day sewing and thanks for reading,
Annette xx

#FabricFriday - Chunky Knits

I must show you these fabulous Knitted Fabrics, new in stock here at Minerva. There are 3 available and all a terrific weight and amazing price of £9.99 per mt. The following photo shows our khaki coloured chunky Stripe Fabric. I've tried to show how you could use the stripes.
Take a look at McCalls Sewing Pattern 7252...
This shows a clever way of using the stripes. I think that by cutting the cuffs and collar on the stripe, sets the diagonal stripes off perfectly. The back of this fabric is plain black, so with the khaki and beige stripe there are some good contrasts going on.
The brown colour in this same Fabric is made up from brown and beige stripes with a brown back, just think the cuffs and collar could be done in the plain side.
I hope you can see from my photo that the plain/wrong side is also like the right side of knitting, in other words they are double sided fabrics. Our website description of this fabric is as follows...
"This dressmaking fabric is a gorgeous knit with a lovely texture, a nice soft feel and very little stretch in comparison to some of our other knits. It is a heavy weight fabric and would be ideal for making ponchos, coats and jackets. The stripes measure approx 15mm and 7mm wide. As part of our clearance range this fabric is fantastic value for money as we are able to bring it to you at a much cheaper price than the RRP, but only whilst limited stocks last!"
Last but not least my personal favourite is this orange and brown Stripe Knit Fabric. This is a little different to the other two in that the stripes are equal size. The colours are orange and a rich brown with the back being the plain orange or a beautiful shade of rust as I prefer to call it. 
Take a look at Butterick Sewing Pattern 6377...
Now I visualize version A made as in the pattern but where the pale grey panel is I would make that with the stripes running vertical and obviously the top left panel in the plain orange/rust.
Happy Sewing and thanks for reading,
Annette xx

#FabricFriday - Clearance Fabric Picks

Strike while the irons hot! That is my message to you today on #fabricfriday. My choices today are all from our extensive Clearance Fabrics range and as always once they are gone they are gone.
Now I am of an age to remember crimplene, I also remember hating it with a vengeance and here I am promoting it to you! I was a child/teenager at the time and thought of it as a 'Grandma' fabric and yes I know I'm a grandma now, or Nanny as I prefer to call myself to 5 of them! Weird isn't it, Jess my oldest Grand-daughter is wearing garments made out of crimplene. Polyester as we know it now with a little lycra.
So my first two fabrics today are this Pink Jersey Fabric and this Navy Blue Jersey Fabric both being what we used to call crimplene but I have to say much softer! They are very very similar, the only difference seems to be the navy fabric has a very subtle self stripe running through it and even looks pretty good on the wrong side. They feel fab together and certainly will sew well together so I have no problem with recommending them to be sewn together in something like McCalls Pattern 7121...
The simple colour blocking used in version A looks stunning and would be perfect in my choice of cerise and navy. And at £5.99 and £4.99 respectfully per mt they won't break the bank. Take a look at the lineart on this pattern. I love the V-necks on the fronts and backs of versions A and B but then note the more unusual shaping of versions C and D, Racer-back is it called?
My next fabric for today is our Scuba Crepe Fabric.
Our website description is...
This fabulous new fabric called scuba crepe has the bounce and spring of scuba fabric but it is slightly lighter in weight and has a lovely texture that looks like crepe. It is still a comparatively thick jersey compared to most other types of jersey fabric and it has the most fabulous stretch recovery. This makes it perfect for making fitted, body hugging clothing like bodycon tops and dresses and for making structured garments like skirts and full skirted dresses. As part of our clearance range we are able to bring it to you at a much cheaper price than the RRP, but only whilst stocks last! 
This comes in 15 fabulous colours and even appears to have a hint of a sparkle. I can certainly understand why it is called Scuba Crepe but it must be said it is different to Scuba as we  know it. This fabric could be made up into numerous items of clothing as our description suggests and will wash and wear extremely well.
Before I go I must show you a very pretty new Polycotton Fabric now in stock here at Minerva. The print is of multi-coloured stars of slightly different sizes on a white background.
Just think of the possibilities here, maybe you could combine it with our Stripe Fabric also in a polycotton. This is an amazing multicolored stripe, again on a white background, that comes in 4 different widths of stripes - 2mm, 7mm, 15mm and 25mm. How's that for choice!
So long for now and thanks for reading,
Annette xx

#FabricFriday - New Look 6000 as our Inspiration!

You know I love my browns and beige's! So you can imagine how I felt when I spied this first fabric on the shelf here at Minerva. Not sure whether I'm into feathers but the overall effect of this fabric is simply stunning and certainly caught my eye. This gorgeous Satin Fabric is 100% polyester, has the most fantastic drape and is priced not too harshly at £11.99 per mt. 
I do like to source sewing patterns that we tend to 'skim' over when looking through the pattern books or browsing the website. One such pattern is New Look Pattern 6000. 
There are 4 lines full of suggested fabrics on this pattern from lightweight denim to wool blends and from taffeta to jersey. So I was sure this fabric would be suitable and yes right in the middle of the suggested fabrics stood satin. Looking at version D made me think of this very 'busy' fabric being suitable, I know version D is only a drawing but it does give you a good idea.
I love the necklines on this pattern, version A and E has a classic round neckline but just look at the versions with a collar. It is most obvious on the real model version C. Apologies for mentioning Ponte Roma again but I can't help it haha - I just love it! Take a look at the marl brown colour in our Plain Ponte Fabric range, with our Floral Shaped Buttons
What an amazing effect those buttons would make.
I couldn't resist showing you the red ponte too, along with these new Metal Buttons, this time these buttons come in 3 sizes. I am showing you the large and middle sizes. These buttons have a silver rim and each little hole has a silver rim. So effective don't you think!
I must admit I am loving buttons at the moment, in fact sometimes I see a brilliant button and then find fabric or yarn to go with it! So here are some more Flowery Buttons from the Dill range that look amazing on the claret ponte. (I love the other 3 colours in these as well, white, cream, peach and a taupe background, so pretty).
Version E looks so summery, I love the mustard they've displayed on the pattern and guess what we have something quite similar from the Michael Miller Fabric Range. Yummy or what. This fabric is at the top end of our cotton price range at £14.99 per mt but take a look at the fabulous choice of colours.
If you like the idea of multicoloured spots then look no further than this Gorgeous Fabric. This very contemporary design comes in just the one colourway but how gorgeous is that and at just £8.99 per mt it is quite affordable. (I'm just thinking how nice this would look in cushions mmmmm).
Last but not least for today I want to show you this Polka Dot Fabric. This comes in 6 more unusual colourways, I like each and everyone of them, so because I'm struggling which one to show you, you must click on the link and have a look at them all. OK go on then I'll show you the pink! Don't forget this is from our immense cotton poplin range that is priced at just £6.99 per mt. 
Before I go I want to mention the pattern again. What appear to be tucks on the front of versions A B and C are actually sewn similar to darts but without the point at one end. The broken lines are brought together, pressed then pressed towards the bottom edge.
Plenty of patterns that appear the same as this are actually tucks and I find when wearing something made like this that the 'tucks' sort of 'balloon' outwards and emphasize those few extra pounds associated with holidays etc., Whereas when they are sewn as in this pattern, it keeps this area flatter but still showing 'tucks' Hope that makes sense! And I can't go without mentioning the beautiful floral decoration on version A, so easy yet so effective.
So, lots to think about this week and I think the following quote is pretty apt don't you!
Thanks for reading.
Annette xx

#PatternoftheWeek - Art Gallery Fabrics

And now for something completely different!
This week I am offering to you the Art Gallery Fabrics Ladies Maxi Dress Sewing Pattern as our #patternoftheweek, with 50% off for this week only. 
Where is this different you may ask. Well not only do you get your sewing pattern but all your instructions come as a PDF file. Plus you get a tutorial on making continuous bias-binding!
How cool is that? The pattern pieces are printed on good quality white paper that won't tear easily when working with it, pinning on fabric etc., Ideal for anyone who uses the method of fitting where you actually fit the pattern pieces onto the body. 
I've had a look at the PDF and I'm thinking "I quite like this for a change". Everything is in colour, the following photo is just the symbols used.
Each instruction is followed by the actual sewing, the following photo shows a drawing of where some pleats will be folded and underneath those pleats actually being sewn. I love this touch.
My only concern is the measurements. The next photo shows 'standard body measurements' and the following photo shows 'finished dimensions'. With it being American everything is in inches but don't worry if you are used to metric, all metric measurements are given too. 
 All sizes are on the one pattern so at least you know you are not buying the wrong size. When studying the above two sets of measurements you will see that the bust measurements are the same, whereas the waist and hips are a few inches bigger. I'm not saying this is wrong, just seems a little unusual in that there is no 'give' in the bust measurement. With not having made any of these patterns I cannot comment any further but would be very interested in any of your comments about these patterns. All I can say is measure yourself carefully and be wary that the bust measurement has no 'give'. The 'sizings' are different to Simplicity etc., which we all realise more and more are different to shop bought, ready to wear, sizes. To give you an example, on this pattern size large is size 10/12 with a bust measurement of 39" (as I said earlier, to fit 39" and also measures 39"). When I look at Simplicity patterns they are saying size 10 is 32.5" bust and 12 is 34". Now I am a size 12 most of the time in shop bought clothes but I measure approx 39". So if I was making this dress I have to say I would measure the actual pattern piece.
I must admit I would love to make this dress for my hols especially in Batik Fabric and so today I will show you some of these wonderful fabrics. 
My first choice is this Hand Printed Batik Fabric. This looks remarkably like the fabric on the pattern and is priced at just £7.99 per mt as are all the fabrics I am showing you today. Our website description of this fabric is...
 "This beautiful batik fabric is hand printed in India and features a busy floral design. Due to the hand processes involved in creating this fabric, every metre is unique and irregularities in colour and print are all part of its naive charm! It is 100% cotton and a medium weight, perfect for making so many styles of clothing including dresses, tops, shirts, skirts and more. Or why not bring this fabric into your home by making cushions!"
I quite like the idea of using another colour in this same fabric for the contrasting sash but hey wait while you see some more of the batiks!
This Fabric has a very pretty butterfly within the design, I just love this pink shade.
A slightly different look in Batik is 'Bubble Batik Fabric.' 
This leaves print is just such a fabric and the description is...

"This beautiful bubble batik fabric is hand printed in India and features a colourful spotty circles design. The process for creating 'Bubble Batik' fabric remains the same as Batik but in bubbled fabric, after wax printing the fabric is subjected to a crinkling process where the ground fabric is shrunk in both warp and weft direction by 25%, creating bubbles on the wax printed areas. Areas covered with wax remain the same whereas the base fabric shrinks by 25% creating a bubbled textured appearance. Due to the hand processes involved in creating this fabric, every metre is unique and irregularities in colour and print are all part of its naive charm! It is 100% cotton and a medium weight, perfect for making so many styles of clothing including dresses, tops, shirts, skirts and more. Or why not bring this fabric into your home by making cushions!"

This method creates a little more texture which I love. 

Last but certainly not least I must show you one of the Hand Painted Batik Fabrics

For me, this is stunning, our website description is...

"This beautiful fabric is hand painted in India. You can feel the brushstokes of the paint on the fabric surface, and the paint has a slight iridescent quality. Due to the hand processes involved in creating this batik fabric, every metre is unique and irregularities in colour and print are all part of its naive charm! It really is a stunning fabric. It is 100% cotton and a medium weight, perfect for making so many styles of clothing including dresses, tops, shirts, skirts and more. Or why not bring this fabric into your home by making cushions."

Batik is a wonderful fabric, I do like to wash it first but from then on it is a dream to work with, sewing and ironing it and especially to wear it, is just wonderful. What comes across in each of the above descriptions is how each process is done by hand and therefore irregularites do occur. It has to be said this to me is part of the fabrics charm but it is worth mentioning as some customers do purchase a little more if they want to 'place' their pieces in a certain way.
My last photo for today is so me, I'm sure you will relate to it too haha...
Happy Sewing and thanks for reading.
Annette xx

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