Fab Feather Print Day Dress
Posted in Projects on Wednesday the 11th September 2019 by Vicki Ormerod
Hello all. Emma here @sanitystitch with another fabric review for Minerva.
You can never have enough day dresses right? When I saw this gorgeous Cotton Poplin Fabric from Rose and Hubble I absolutely fell in love and knew it would stitch up into a beautifully versatile frock. The mid blue is a fabulous backdrop to a delicate baby blue feather print.
I chose this Simplicity Pattern K8610 for the quirky little touches on the shoulder straps that make it a little bit different.
They attach to the main bodice at the back through wee loops and are fastened by buttons.
The pattern was a lovely gift with a sewing magazine. Am I the only one who loves these? They remind me of when I was a kid and I got a freebie with my comics! It’s a fun and flirty design that can be styled up or down for maximum versatility. I got these pictures taken just before dinner and a Rhod Gilbert show but I reckon it will work just as well with flip flops for my Cornish holiday in July.
I really enjoyed this project. The fabric washed and pressed well with no fading of the printed design.The fabric is soft against the skin but presses to a crisp finish and I would definitely use Rose and Hubble fabric for dressmaking again. This is why I love taking part in the Minerva crafts blog. It really does let you experiment and get to know different brands.
For a beginner seamstress, this is a great skills builder pattern with front hip pockets, gathers, centred zip and buttonholes.
The instructions are very clear and guide you through the construction step by step. Poplin is also a good fabric for one of your first projects as it doesn’t move much when you are cutting out your pattern pieces. However, if you have a few frocks under your belt this is a speedy and enjoyable make. Sometimes you just want a nice little instant gratification project that you can whizz through with the radio on and a fat slice of cake to keep you company!
I’m really happy with how the dress turned out. I did have to take it in by about an inch both sides as when I tried it on it was way too big. I do find the Simplicity patterns come up pretty large. Or maybe measurements of myself are out of whack? Moving forward I’ve gone a size under when stitching up Simplicity patterns. I’ve recently made up a top a size smaller than my measurements and it fitted perfectly.
It has a relaxed fit but does go in at the waist which I find flattering. I’m keen to make up the jumpsuit view of this pattern perhaps in a viscose with a bit more drape. If you have any ideas on what fabrics would suit a jumpsuit version I’d love to hear them. Thank you so much for reading.
All the best and happy stitching.
Emma x @sanitystitch
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