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Floral Scuba Knit Dress

Hello Minerva followers, my name is Nicole Golsteijn-Cnoops, I am a Dutch hobby seamstress, blogger and fashion addict. Just this June I turned 50 and I am very proud that I have been invited to the Minerva Makers team. So let me introduce myself a bit more.

Sewing is my passion given to me by my late grandmother. When I was a teenager I loved to sit next to her when she made garments for me. For my 18th birthday I got my first sewing machine. For years I have sewn off and on, mostly dresses and easy patterns from magazines. But a few years ago I decided to take my sewing skills to the next level. I went to a sewing school to start learning how to draft patterns myself. The best decision I made.

For this first Minerva project I chose to draft the pattern myself, a button down dress. I selected a floral Scuba Crepe Stretch Fabric. And I must admit, red is way out of my comfort zone. But when I saw this floral red scuba I loved it. The fabric is perfect for dresses.

Button down dresses are a hot fashion item this autumn and you can make them in every length you like. The length of the dress I made is 75 cm from the waist, I am 1,78 m tall. I would have made it longer if I had more fabric, but I only ordered 2,5 meters.

The dress pieces are at full length, no waist seam. Because of the wider skirt you will need at least 2 times the length of the dress and 1 time the length of the sleeves. Besides that you will need about 11 buttons, one for the collar and 10 for the front. In the Minerva shop you can find similar patterns for buttons down dresses, like the McCall's 7387 Pattern.

So as I said, it was a bit of struggle to get all pattern pieces out of this gorgeous fabric. But I am so happy that I managed it.

At our fashion school I found the best buttons to match and I hope that the dark green colour of these buttons make it appropriate to transfer the dress to autumn too. The button fly is  stabilised with interfacing but I am not 100 % satisfied about the buttonholes. Luckily this doesn’t show when they are closed.

So let’s get into styling the dress. Having a lovely late summer this weekend I styled the dress with a white leather belt and my Adidas Stan Smit.

This look is my most favourite. I think by its colour the dress is more spring and summer.

Through autumn you can wear a dress like this with boots and a black belt. And for an autumn dress, I would prefer the 10 cm extra length.

Well I can’t wait to go on our late summer escape to Turkey in October. Guess you know what I will be wearing there….

Thanks for reading,

Nicole @ Bobbins & Buttons

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Ilse Lemmens said:

You look stunning with this red scuba dress! It??s perfect to wear · 10th Oct 2019 08:33am