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Quilted Ponte Roma Southbank Sweater

This time I am back on the Minerva Crafts blog to show you the Daisy Stamp Embossed Quilted Ponte Roma Fabric by Lady McElroy. Initially I wanted to make a skirt, but then I changed my mind and went for an autumn/winter dress. It was a good idea to order 1.5 m. This is a polyester and viscose blend heavy ponte fabric with daisy stamp embossed quilted fabric. It will definitely keep me warm in the cold weather.

The pattern I chose was one I have used before, The Southbank sweater dress by Nina Lee Patterns. I wanted a staple dress that one can wear all the time. It is comfy and warm and so season appropriate.  This is also one of the reasons why I chose the black fabric. Black is much easier to incorporate in everyday outfits.

As the fabric has two layers quilted together and some filling in between them it sheds a little when cut on the cross grain. Which means it is a good idea to think about seam finishes (overlocker/serger or zig sag the edges).

Other than that, the fabric is quite easy to handle does not slide and sews beautifully. Due to its heavy weight I felt that it will be better to cut the pockets out of a lighter fabric (some knit lining in my stash) to reduce the bulk to a minimum around the pockets area. I did not want my hips to look bigger than they actually are.

When working with knit fabric, I have made a habit from basting the layers of the bands and then baste them to the main garment, especially when using the overlocker/serger to construct your garments. This might not be such a big issue when a sewing machine is used, but when using the overlocker/ serger this can cause a lot of problems especially if you cut into the seam allowance when overlocking/serging them together.

Once the bands where in place, I used a small zig-zag stitch to finish them off and keep them flat. Usually, I use the double needle for this, but on this project as the fabric itself is quite heavy I felt that the zig-zag stitch was better. Besides you cannot even see it.

My dress came together in no time. Now, I have a very comfy dress that I can even wear at the office and I know will keep me warm during the cold days.

I am not quite sure how I managed to make it so trendy. I always thought of this pattern as a pattern for a dress to lounge in. I guess the fabric can make or break a garment.

Here are my tips of working with this fabric:

- Select a pattern with minimum number of seams. If your pattern requires inseam pockets, consider using a light weight fabric such as knit lining fabric. The less seams the better.

- The fabric sheds and unfinished seams can look messy, so consider seam finishes (overlock/serger or zig-zag stitch on the edge).

- If adding bands to your project on the serger, consider basting the layers of the band before attaching the to your garment.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. And please do share your makes on Instagram/Twitter by tagging @MinervaCrafts and/or using the hashtag #MinervaMakes. I’d love to see what you create.

Simona

Sewing Adventures in the Attick

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