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Papercut Patterns Sigma Dress

Hi everyone, it's Kathy here again from and I am delighted to be writing another guest post for the Minerva Crafts Blog.

A few weeks ago I noticed that Minerva Crafts were now stockists for Papercut Patterns. This is great news as it means you can get your hands on their lovely patterns without waiting for them to be shipped over from New Zealand which is where they are based. The pattern I chose is the Sigma Dress Sewing Pattern.

The pattern packaging is just beautiful, it feels like you are opening a gift. Inside are the instructions and pattern pieces to make the dress (and a skirt), and are printed on great quality thick brown paper. 

Papercut patterns choose to use 100% recycled and recyclable products wherever possible. The pattern is also multi-sized and has a great range of sizes from XXS - XL.

My fabric choice is a pretty soft lightweight Cotton Chambray Fabric. It was perfect. I knew I wanted a light to medium weight cotton and this chambray has just the right amount of weight to give the gathers at the waist the correct amount of structure.

Cutting out the pattern was easy and straightforward, thanks to a nice clear cutting layout. Although the fabric isn't particularly directional, I did find that when I looked at it I did have a preference to which way I wanted it to lay, so was careful to make sure the pattern pieces where all the correct way up. This did mean moving some of the pieces so that they weren't placed 'upside down' but it was easy to do and didn't seem to use up any extra fabric. I should say that this dress comes up quite short so I also chose to add 8cm in length to the dress skirts, as I am quite small (5'2"), and this was perfect for me.

I love the design of this dress. The sweet little gathers at either side below the waist seam are so pretty and flattering, and lovely and simple to sew. It also has pockets, and we all love pockets in a dress don't we?

The only challenges this dress has in terms of skills needed are darts, gathers and zip insertion. So perhaps not suitable for a total beginner, but for someone that has a little bit of previous sewing experience. Papercut patterns rate their patterns in 3 bands of difficulty, and this sits in their middle band described as a 'skilled' project.

The dress fastening is a 60cm Invisible Zip. I love the look that an invisible zip gives but I see no reason that you couldn't use a more chunky zip if you prefer that finish.

I chose to make the short sleeved version, but there is the option to make a long sleeved dress if that is your preference. As mentioned there is the option to make just the skirt too! How great!

I am absolutely thrilled with how the dress has turned out. It is fairly simple to sew, true to size, and I know that I will make many more of these dresses - I am already planning my next one!  I certainly think it is a dress that could look quite different in a plain fabric - maybe this could give you a more formal look. 

I also added a name label when attaching the neck facing, I don't always remember to do this when I get carried away with my sewing!

So there you have it. A super little dress pattern which I am totally in love with. I do hope that you have enjoyed this review and might be inspired to give it a go yourself.

Happy sewing! 


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