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Christmas Gift Dress by Simona

Hi everyone!

I am back with another review for a product I tested for the huge online store, Minerva Crafts.

On this occasion I was asked to test a Christmas Themed Fabric. As some of you might know, I initiated a little tradition for myself a couple of years back, each year using a Christmas themed fabric I make for myself a garment to wear on Christmas day. So far, I have made myself a top, a jacket and a dress. So I jumped at the opportunity to review this lovely Christmas Polycotton Fabric called 'Christmas Wishes'.

This fabric is described as... 

‘This fun Christmas printed design Polycotton fabric is suitable for a whole range of sewing, craft and quilting projects! It is widely used for anything from dresses, skirts, tops and shirts to cushions, quilting, patchwork, handbags, accessories, baby and children’s wear and more!’

It comes is two colours: Green and Red.

For my project I chose to make the The Cocoon Dress from Simple Sew Patterns that I received for free with one of my sewing magazine subscriptions.

I started with washing the fabric before sewing with it. It is a bit stiff and the colour runs a little. This is way it is important to give it a wash first. Also it’s a good idea to use a colour catcher cloth and like colours, to avoid staining something else.

Because the print on the fabric is directional I did a little pattern matching for the side seams (I drew myself some guiding lines on the pattern piece, which I used later), so the writing runs level on both the front and the back. I also cut the front the fold. For my Christmas dress I chose to add the sleeve. By the time I am wearing my dress, it is winter after all!

To make my dress even more interesting, I decided to add a strip of Satin Ribbon on the centre front and centre back before starting my construction.

For obvious reasons I used green thread to stitch them in place.

The fabric is quite stable and easy to work with. I had no problems and did not use pins for the rest of the construction, except for attaching the neckline facing, which I under-stitched and then also added a few hand stitched to keep it flat and on the inside. The V is not as sharp as I would have wanted, but I was afraid I’d mess up if I cut too deep into the seam allowance.

Once I attached my facing, I added my sleeves and topstitched them in place. I have done so, because I decided not to finish the raw edges for this make, and the top-stitching keeps the seam allowance flat.

The hems were done easily by turning over twice, press and then sew them in place. This was achieved quite easily as this fabric is easy to press.

I know it is a bit to early to think about Christmas, but one has to be prepared and start planning early, especially if we make stuff. I am happy I no longer have to stress about this year’s Christmas outfit.

Yes, I do look like I am wrapped as a present! Doesn’t it look fun?

Here are my tips for working with poly-cotton:

  • make sure you pre-wash it, with like colours and use a colour cacher product. You will need to do this again once your project is made up just to avoid accidents in case the colour is bleeding further

  • it is very easy to work with, as it does not slide and presses well

  • it is suitable for a variety of projects from home furnishings to clothing. Because it has structure, I don’t recommend you use this in project that require fabrics with fluidity.

Please do share your makes if you use Christmas themed fabrics, whether they are stockings, garment, accessories or home furnishings. Tag @minervacrafts on Instagram and Twitter.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my review and happy shopping!

Love Simona @ SewingAdventuresInTheAttick

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