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Simple Tunic Style Moleskin Dress

Today its time for a fabric review. This fabric is a brown Moleskin Fabric from Minerva. I had intended to make a pair of jeans style trousers but when the fabric arrived it was more fluid than jeans required so I went for a simple tunic style dress from an Ottobre magazine. You can find a similar dress pattern on NewLook 6449. (This is a brilliantly versatile pattern)

Essentially it is a very wearable dress but my dart placement could be improved to get a better finish around the neck. The darts need to go further down to stop the neckline pulling out of shape. After these photos I steam pressed the neckline and it looked a million times better. It is best to press this fabric on the reverse to avoid spoiling the plush outer finish. Annoyingly, the darts are still in the wrong place for my bust but pressing can't solve that one!

The fabric is a medium weight and would not be suitable for gathering but it makes for a cosy dense fabric ideal for Autumn and Winter wear. The neckline is finished with bias binding which is easy and quick to do. You can see the fabric texture in this photo.

On such a plain dress I decided to use a decorative stitch from my machine. How many times do we make use of these stitches? Not enough in my opinion. It made a delicate detail that added to the overall effect of a plain dress. The stitches are used along the neckline, hem and sleeve hems.

This fabric would make other shift dress patterns and although I chose not to make a jeans pattern from it, a pair of work trousers would be great too. The colour is a rich conker brown which isn't so obvious on the website. If you are inline for a winter garment this fabric is definitely worth a look.

Thank you to Minerva for letting me try out this soft winter fabric.

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