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Floral Freya Dress by Justine

When I saw this Jersey Fabric, I knew I wanted to make something from the recently released book by Tilly and the Buttons new book “Stretch”.

The fabric I chose is the Floral Print Jersey which Minerva describe as polyester, viscose and elastane. I am not a floral type of person and usually stay from anything with flowers or novelty prints, but I thought I would get out of my comfort zone and try using something “bold” and new for me. It is light weight and super soft to the touch and has a two way stretch. The flowers on there are large, I think are some sort of lilies and there are small blue flowers as well as leaves.

With it being spring, although you would never have guessed with having snow in the middle of March and now still wearing a coat in April, I chose to make the Freya Sweater Dress with long sleeves and the cowl neck. 

Although the pattern suggests using sweater knit fabric, I thought I would give this floral knit jersey a go.

I always prewash my fabrics as I am always worried about shrinkage. Minerva recommend washing this Jersey fabric at 40 degrees, but my washing machine is set at a 30 degrees for a 15 minutes cycle.

If you are not too sure about what temperature to use, either go for a cool temperature or try putting a swatch on your normal cycle and see how that turns out.

I also test a small piece of my fabric with my iron, as I have a very old and temperamental iron, so make sure that is just right before I start working on it.

This fabric has a lovely drape and fluidity, this makes it ideal for any dress or skirt. The quality of this floral jersey knit is fantastic and I have found it a joy work with and really recommend it.

As the flowers were all over the place, I did not worry about pattern matching, so laying the pattern out and cutting was quite simple. I just pinned and used my scissors.

For the sewing bit, well let’s just say I only used my sewing machine to hem. I used my overlocker for most of the dress, including the cowl neck and the sleeves. Using the overlocker was a breeze and just glided through the whole garment.

I am rather looking forward to getting lots of wear out of my Freya Dress while the weather is still a little cooler.

Like I said earlier, this fabric is really beautiful, great to work with and all in all this dress went together like a dream.

Thanks for reading, until next time, Happy sewing.

Justine @justaboutcrafting

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