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Border Cotton Fun

Hey everyone,

Today I am back on Minerva blog with another product review.  I’m really happy that Minerva started stocking border print fabrics. I remember a couple of years back seeing Gertie’s border print fabrics and wanting them, but they only had them in America. Well now, I can buy border print fabrics from UK which makes me happy. To test I picked a butterfly print from among the Timeless Treasures Border Prints on offer, and there are some beautiful ones.

I ordered quite a bit of fabric because I knew that I can only cut it in a particular way to get the desired effect.  The design spans the whole fabric and the pattern repeat is about every 60 cm, which means you might need more fabric for your project than usual. Also, the width is only 110 cm.

I’ve gone for this Fabric because I was looking for a statement fabric to add to my summer wardrobe. The initial idea was to make a kimono jacket and if any fabric was left to also make a little sleeveless top.

I used as a base a pattern that I got for free from a magazine I used to subscribe to. I’ve made the mistake of starting to cut the fabric with the front pieces. I wanted to use the edge of the fabric as a feature on the bottom hem and on the sleeves. But after I cut the front I discovered that the back was longer. This resulted with a mismatch on the side seam between the front and the back. I suggest when you cut your fabric and need it to match to start with the longest pattern piece. I was so annoyed at myself for rushing through cutting this one.

When it came to the sleeves, I was a bit more careful and made sure that they were cut on the border as I wanted them to be. I forgot to mention that the print runs on the fabric perpendicular to the grain, so I cut all my pieces on the gross grain. You would need to consider this if the pattern pieces are longer than 110 cm and you want the pattern to run vertical on it.

To break the colour of the jacket for the neckline binding I used plain back cotton form my stash, but one could use the edges of the fabric to make up the neckline pieces. Just be creative and careful placing is needed.

But the back of it is the ‘piece de resistance’/the centre point of this jacket.

Considering I ordered more than enough fabric I was able to also make a simple top (Grainline Studio’s The Tinny pocket tank- no longer available) as well. I managed to place the butterfly in the same place on both the front and back. It went so well that on the side seam you cannot see the seam line unless you get close enough.

Not many, but my tips with working with cotton poplin fabric:

•        Wash your fabric before you start your project, especially if it is a garment you are making to minimise any shrinking.

•        If you are buying the fabric for a particular project, consider buying extra fabric.

•        Think about what you are making and how you will be cutting your pieces. Pattern matching might be needed to get a uniform look in the finished project.

•        Cotton is one of the easiest fabrics to work with, which means it is beginner friendly.

As you can imagine such projects result with a lot of scraps as in order to match the pattern, a lot of fabric can be discarded. But I’m keeping the big enough pieces to incorporate in other projects by adding accents.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. And please do share your makes on Instagram/Twitter by tagging @MinervaCrafts and/or using the hashtag #MinervaMakes. I love to seeing what you create.

Simona @ Sewing Adventures in the Attick

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