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#PatternOfTheWeek - Simplicity 1197

Retro - still pretty big, isn't it. None more so than the 60's shift dresses with matching coats. Simplicity Sewing Pattern 1197 definitely fits this category and I would like to present it as our #patternoftheweek offer!
As you probably know by now, our sewing pattern of the week offer is offered to you at half price so take a look each week and add to your stash! This pattern we have chosen for you this week is a remake of an actual 60's design as you can see from the pattern cover. Simple geometric dresses known as shifts were high fashion and so this dress and coat pattern absolutely fits the bill. The dress is a fitted A-line with an unusual front panel and is not lined. The coat is a full A-line (a little like a swagger coat) with welt pockets, a buttoned up neckline with collar, raglan sleeves and is fully lined.
The front panel of the dress extends into the shaped neckline, now this is where stay-stitching comes into it's own and is a must! The following photo shows where this stay-stitching will be and how the side fronts are attached.
Everything else is quite straightforward with this dress, just a simple facing around the neck and short set in sleeves.
The coat is a little harder, having said that the fitting of it should not be too bad because of the shape or dare I say lack of it! Raglan sleeves can be quite flattering and there isn't the same fitting involved as with set-in sleeves. They are definitely a 'kinder' fit. Welt pockets are used on this coat, now these are not the easiest of pockets but if 100% care is taken you should have a good result.
However if you don't feel confident enough to tackle these professional looking pockets, how about making good old patch pockets. They would look perfect on this style coat and be much easier. And if you don't feel up to that well leave them off altogether! There is no rule saying you have to have pockets, in fact many suits and coats purposely don't have pockets because it can spoil the 'outline' of the garment. 
Regular readers of the Minerva blog and my posts will notice I have mentioned the following fabrics before but not together. So sorry for repeating a fabric (especially when we have thousands to choose from, in fact over 100 listed in the last two days alone haha) but I'm sure you will agree they look absolutely stunning together.
My first choice is this beautiful Stretch Cotton Fabric that would not look out of place worn in winter especially with it being lined. There are three colours in this beautiful fabric but my favourite has to be the mustard...
I have teamed this swirling circles fabric with this amazing Suiting Fabric which is in 14 super colours and guess what - although I had no hesitation in choosing the mustard, I then couldn't decide between the grey and the black. Both go perfectly with my first choice fabric (which I am sure you'll have realised is for the coat and therefore the two plain fabrics are for the dress). The next photo is with the black (more striking) and the following photo with the grey (more subtle).
I would probably use Cover Buttons for the coat, talking of which, have you seen the new black plastic cover buttons from Prym. Lots of sizes to choose from but I think I'd choose a large one for this coat. Again a very 60's look.
Just in case you're not too happy with covered buttons or indeed fancy something quite bold how about a plastic or resin button. I've just had a peep at a new range of Dill Buttons now in stock here at Minerva. Take a look at Dill 346711, these slightly elongated buttons come in two sizes and  15colours but obviously the mustard has won for me. Did I mention I like mustard? 
Thanks for reading and until next time Happy Sewing
Annette xx

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