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Terrazzo Farrow Dress

Hello again everyone.

I’m back on the Minerva Blog, sewing for the first time with some beautiful Atelier Brunette Cotton Gauze. Atelier Brunette design the most stunning prints using such beautiful tones, it was a tricky decision trying to choose only one fabric to sew with. After some serious deliberation and a lot of Instagram trawling, I picked the Terrazzo in blue.

The fabric itself is very fine and light weight, more so than I was expecting, but lovely to use for skirts, dresses and tops. It washes well, although it needs a hot iron to ensure all creases are removed!

I ordered 2.5 meters with the intension of making a long sleeve version of a pattern that I already own; the Grainline Studio Farrow Dress. I’d already made (and blogged on here about), a short sleeve version of this dress in jersey, which didn’t go completely to plan, so I wanted to revisit it using the correct type of fabric for the pattern. Once the fabric came through the post, it was so lovely that I wanted to make something that I would wear in summer and winter, so using the same pattern I went for the short sleeve option again.

The Farrow really suits being a transitional style. It’s easy to layer up and wear with tights and boots in the winter, and if it’s made using a light weight fabric, it works brilliantly as a summer dress too.

The pattern matches up size wise to the recommended measurements and luckily I didn’t need to cut out the pattern again, so I could get straight on with cutting out the fabric. I have to admit that sometimes I can be a bit lazy when pinning, but because of the fine nature of this particular fabric, I’d really recommend that you take your time and pin it well to avoid any movement when cutting out.

The main body of the dress comes together really quickly, and the pockets are simple to do, and so handy! I chose to overlock the edges of the fabric before assembling to give a neater finish, but next time I think that I’d be much happier doing French seams, to give it a more polished look.

The most time consuming bit of this make was clipping around the armholes and neckband to ensure a good fit that flattens against the body, which I think I achieved. And also the tacking which always takes me longer than expected but again is a must to avoid the facings flapping open. This time because I was working with cotton, I decided to keep the keyhole opening at the back and hook and eye fastening, which I think is a lovely detail.

All in all I think that this time using the recommended fabric type, I had a much more successful make (no surprise there!). The dress is such a versatile style, it has pockets (!), and the fabric will go with almost everything in my wardrobe so I get the feeling that it will get a lot of wear and it will be my summer staple of 2019. So why don’t you try it out?

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Thanks for reading,

Leanne and Sofia xxx

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