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Peachskin Portobello Trousers by Simona

Hello everyone!

Hope you are all well and buzzing with creativity. This time I am back on the Minerva Crafts blog showcasing this beautiful John Kaldor Peachskin Fabric.

Since this fabric is ‘soft and drapy peach-skin fabric features a beautiful design. As you would expect from John Kaldor, this fabric is the best quality and will be a dream to sew and wear. The weight and handle of this fabric makes it ideal for making tops, blouses, skirts and dresses’ I knew that the best pattern for it would is my Portobello Trousers from Nina Lee Patterns.

I started by washing my fabric first, just to make sure that the fabric would not shrink on me later. Once I cut my trouser pieces, I realised I have a gib enough piece to make an Ogden Cami by True Bias Patterns as well.

I interfaced my waistband piecee with Iron On Woven Interfacing (the glue is attached to a fabric which makes the interfacing behave like fabric while giving structure) and on the cami I interfaced the neck lines and armscye edges with Vilene Iron On Bias Stay Tape instead of stay-stitching (a trick I learnt from Claire Louise Hardy aka The Thrifty Sticher).

To make my life easier, I used two coloured water erasable pens to mark the pleats. The blue will sit on top of the pink. The little extra work, is so worth it. You don’t have to unpick anything once you realise you tacked on side going the wrong way (well it happens to me a lot, so I has to devise a way to stopping this from happening).

Because the fabric is very light, I did not want to add too much bulk to the seams and fished the seams as I was going along with the construction and finished only the seams that can be seen once the garments were finished.

For the zipper insertion I used a technique demonstrated by Kenneth D King on a video I found on YouTube. Perfect insertion first time. No more puckers at the end of the zip. It’s totally invisible and you can’t tell where the zipper opening actually starts.

As the fabric is a bit bouncy, on the cami I under-stitched the lining to make it stay inside of the garment.

I am very pleased with my new little outfit. I can wear both the tops and the trousers together. They look like a jump suit.

I also love wearing them separately. The cami perfect for layering up or to be used with casual or office outfits.

My tips for working with peach-skin fabric:

  • not recommended for total beginners. The fabric it’s a bit shifty and a beginner will find it a bit challenging to work with this fabric

  • consider adding interfacing in area where you wish to add a zipper or buttonholes and buttons

  • consider stay-stitching the necklines and armscye

  • take it slow, it’s well worth it

  • the fabric is a bit bouncy, so if adding facings/lining consider under-stitching the facing/lining so that it does not peek out when you are wearing it.

  • This fabric is perfect for garments that need fabric with drape such as blouses, wide-legged trousers or even kimono tops/jackets or simple dresses/skirts (only if lined the fabric is a bit see through especially when there is a lot of natural light.

Thank you all for taking the time to read my blog post. We would really love to see your projects made with supplies from Minerva Crafts, so please do share your makes on Instagram/Twitter by tagging @MinervaCrafts or using the hashtag #MinervaMakes. I’d love to see what you create.


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