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Simplicity Pattern 8551 - Tunic Dress

Hi friends!

My name is Kristin Vaag (@vaag.oslo) from Oslo, Norway, and I am very happy to announce that I have joined the fabulous Minerva Makers team. I have been sewing for about two years now, and it has been my passion ever since I made my first garment. I have always been very interested in Scandinavian fashion and design, and I am hoping that the makes I share here will inspire you to make your own clothes!

This spring I have been seeing a lot of cool, oversized cotton dresses in the Scandinavian fashion landscape, and I have wanted to make one for myself for some time now. When I found this pretty cotton poplin fabric from Minerva, there was no doubt what I wanted to make from it.

I used some time to find a pattern that I thought would be a good fit, and ended up choosing a tunic dress from Simplicity Sewing Patterns (number 8551, model B). I wanted the dress to have that oversized look, so I chose to make it a couple of sizes bigger than my usual fit.

In addition to the main fabric, I needed some 10mm elastic and thin interfacing to make the dress.

Firstly, I have to say that working with this Cotton Fabric was like a dream. I just love working with stable, non-stretchy fabrics that makes pins unnecessary. It was easy to cut out the different parts of the pattern and the seam allowance stayed absolutely flat after pressing the seams. I will absolutely recommend this fabric for sew-beginners.

The pattern had a very good step-by-step description that was easy to follow. It was not very advanced, but because of a few complicated details I will recommend sewing a few other garments before attempting this pattern if you are an absolute beginner. It took me about three evenings to make the dress, without any stress and while listening to a good audio book.

The dress is very comfortable and the fabric feels good to wear. One thing I really love with this dress is that it is very versatile. You can wear it for all seasons of the year, with or without tights underneath. And you can dress it up with heals or down with sneakers. Although I am wearing pumps in this picture, I actually am a huge fan of the dress and sneaker trend.

I ran out of fabric, so I had to add a solid black part for the back skirt. I think it works fine, although it would be prettiest to use the floral print for all pattern pieces. I will learn from this for next time.

Thank you for checking out my first blog post for Minerva, and I hope you liked it! Feel free to send me questions or feedback if you have any – my Instagram is @vaag.oslo.

Enjoy sewing!

X Kristin

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