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Prada Crepe Ultimate Shift Dress by Tina

Hello, my name is Tina, I'm a YouTuber (simplyinstitches) and  an enthusiastic beginner dress maker. I was very lucky in being offered some gorgeous Prada crepe by Minerva crafts to review. This beautiful luxury Fabric is lined with a stunning shiny satin. This means it is matte on one side has a beautiful shine on the other. The matte side still has a slight sheen that means it gives it lovely tones as it drapes. The choice is yours which side and look you want to use for your garment. There is a slight stretch and it is super soft and has a lovely drape. There are 11 colours to choose from. They range from neutral black and beige, aubergine and royal blue to striking purple and pink. I chose the red which is a true red. The perfect festive colour. 
My first thought was to make a Christmas party dress as this would be the perfect fabric as it feels very special and luxurious with the satin lining. My problem with party dresses is that I socialize with the same people. This means I'm not getting the wear out of a dress that has taken a long time to make. I don't want to go to a Christmas party in the same dress as last year. This Prada crepe would however make a beautiful occasion dress that would be treasured for many years. This fabric would be perfect for weddings, bride or bridesmaids, proms and other special events. 
I thought why not make a dress with the matte side of the fabric and make accessories with the shiny. This would make it a dress to wear at a party and then casually for the rest of the year. The accessories could be used with a little black dress to change the look of that too. I chose to make the Sew Over It ultimate shift dress Sewing Pattern. This is a favorite pattern of mine that I find very wearable and now have perfected the perfect fit. 
I have mainly used cotton in my sewing so this fabric was very different to cut out. The satin side was on the outside while cutting which does make it slippery. I used extra weights to hold down the pattern. This made it much more manageable and I got on fine after that. The same was true for the sewing of the dress. I found the more pins I used the easier it was to guide through the sewing machine. I was a little worried how the fabric would cope with pressing the seams. I started cooler and kept on increasing the heat but the fabric was fine and pressed nicely. Not as shapely as cotton but I knew this would be the case with this type of fabric.
I decided to make a wide sash belt and a little bag as my satin accessories. The Prada crepe would also be fantastic as a little jacket or bolero which would be perfect for a wedding outfit as well. I love the idea that the accessories match the dress perfectly. The little clutch bag was made following a tutorial on You Tube. There are so many tutorials available but I wanted something simple and small. I had a sparkly brooch that I pinned on for some added interest.
The dress is so lovely and comfortable to wear. The satin lining makes it feel glamorous and expensive. The colour is beautiful, striking but not too bright. The Prada crepe has a PU coating which makes it anti static. This really does work as I have worn it  all day with thick tights and haven't had that annoying cling problem. The dress works perfectly as a day dress with boots and thick tights and I'm so happy I went down this route so I will be enjoying this little item of luxury on a regular basis.
That you for reading my review of this Dress Fabric. I hope you enjoyed it and found it useful.
Tina @ Simply in Stitches

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