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Warerfall Crane Dress

Hi there!

This is my first blog post for the Minerva Crafts Blog. I’m thrilled to be able to share my makes here.

For my first project I have chosen the most beautiful printed Sateen Fabric with pretty big colourful cranes on it. The colours are just gorgeous with a navy background and the printed cranes are in pink, yellow and white. Fantastic colour combo. I knew as soon as I opened the fabric parcel I would make a dramatic dress and McCalls 6953 was just the perfect match. The dress pattern has box pleats, princess seams and a fabulous waterfall hem.

The dress needs to be lined as you can see the inside of it so I chose a contrast cotton to highlight the colours of the cranes. The pink is a little brighter but I think it works really well as it brings out the colours of the cranes.

For prepping, I prewashed the fabric and popped it in the dryer before giving it a good press with my steam iron. The fabric didn’t seem to shrink too much which is most likely due to the small percentage of elastane in it. Sateen is one of my favorite fabrics to sew and to wear. It’s easy to sew and easy to launder and the biggest bonus it’s very flattering to wear. Sateen seems to hug you in all the right places!

I didn’t really have to make many adjustments to the pattern apart from lengthening the bodice and taking it in slightly at the top of the princess seams as I am only an A cup. Otherwise it’s almost a perfect fit to my measurements. I think I could have taken it in just a little at the bottom of the princess seam too but you always have to leave room just incase you go out for a big meal! :) There are no pockets in this pattern which would have been nice. If I were to sew it again I’d definitely add pockets.

It’s actually a straightforward dress to sew but sewing it up was slightly challenging due to the amount of fabric required for lining the entire dress. The dress has box pleats so I had to grade the waist seam line as they created so many layers.

Attaching the lining to the hem and understitching took some time as did inserting the zipper. As you can see in my picture I was up to my neck (literally) in fabric.

I basted the zipper in to make sure it didn’t move around too much. This was a good idea as when I started sewing the zipper I realised I could only sew a few cm’s at a time before having to lift all of the fabric up to sew the next bit. The waist line is slightly off due to this but no one will notice! I also hand stitched all of the lining in which took a bit of time but I actually love hand stitching so it was quite enjoyable.

I’m totally thrilled with how this dress turned out. It’s comfortable, fits well and looks absolutely fabulous! It’s the perfect dress for Autumn or Spring.

Joyful Sewing!

Annie @ Sew This Pattern

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