Posted in Special Offers on Monday the 21st December 2015 by Crafty Crafter
this week is a WOW-wee what a pattern!
An absolutely amazing Stretch Jersey
dress with a gathered midriff detailing.
The samples really don't do it justice. With two main views, this pattern is really easy to mix and match. Between long and short sleeves or a Crossover Bodice you can really mix and match for a tailored look
Now if you really want to go wild, take inspiration from the pattern sketch and work that crossover bodice with contrasts of plan jersey! The John Kaldor Roanne
range has the rich colours needed to pull this off
McCalls are certainly letting you all make an impact this Christmas! That gathered bodice will hide even the mot substantial food bby at the dinner table ;) a winter winner at just £4.35 this week, so get your skates on!
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Posted in Special Offers on Saturday the 19th December 2015 by Vicki Ormerod
Just a quick post today to let you know its the Minerva Craft Club Members VIP day! That means if you a member of our Craft Club
, you get 20% off everything on the Minerva Crafts website (or in store too).
You can claim your discount from now until the end of Monday the 21st December (this year we have extended the offer over 3 days for you). All you need to do is add products to basket and the discount will automatically be deducted.
If your not a member of the Craft Club then this is the ideal time to sign up!
For £20 as a club member you get 10% off all your orders with us (off all products on the website, no exclusions). You also get at least 2 VIP days with 20% off all purchases throughout the year. You get a free subscription to the Minerva Crafts Swatch Club
and you get emails with exclusive discounts throughout the year!
Bye for now,
Posted in Special Offers on Monday the 23rd November 2015 by Crafty Crafter
Well we're slowly creeping towards full blown winter, so what better time to have a Slippers and Booties sewing pattern as our POW
A well rounded selection of the cosiest footwear for your poor chilly toes!
Starting low leg, these remind me of those nifty slippers you get when you go to a spa, so I can really see these in a towelling fabric
Moving up to the ankle bootie, these are more shoe-based but with really fun contrasts I wouldn't go for the sensible fabric just yet! Maybe a funky Fleece fabric
Movin' on up! Why not get animalistic with some Faux Fur Fabric
? I'd be temped by our Animal Velboa Fabric
for some Cruelty Free Cruella DeVille Chic!
This next Turnover pair are crying out for a contrast lining! Our Sherpa fleece
is single sided so is purr-fect for lining these fold over booties.
So that's this week's POW! I feel like curling up under a blanket with Hot Chocolate already!
Posted in Special Offers on Monday the 16th November 2015 by Crafty Crafter
Hello Hello Hello!
this week's POW
is for the tiny ones, Butterick 4593 - Pleated & Ruffle Skirts
A lovely little all rounder skirt pattern. Each view is a simple A-line skirt, which sits just above mid-knee, with a lined yoke. Options include pleats, ruffles, and buckles galore and with recommended fabrics of Velveteen, Woolens
and Lightweight Corduroy
you can really make this skirt pattern work for its money!
Our 8oz Washed Denim
is a great fabric to work with, and wears well which is great for kidswear! The idea of teaming this with a dress net
is just brilliant!
I do love the addition of the buckle
, particularly a diamanté
one! Who doesn't love that?
Moving onto the ruffles...
As you can see this is a little stunner of a pattern. You can even team it with our Bi Stretch Suiting
and use it for school uniforms! And at just £3.75, you don't need to be a smarty pants to work out the value of that!
Remember, we always want to see your makes!
Posted in Special Offers on Monday the 9th November 2015 by Crafty Crafter
It's POW time, and this week we have another designer wonder in the form of Vogue 1329, designed by Kay Unger New York.
An absolutely oustanding Colour Block panel dress, fitted through the hips to create a classic silhouette, teamed with front pleats an back princess seams for a gorgeous fit!
The black on the sample really doesn't do those front pleats justice!
Something else hidden by the sample is the dress is slightly asymmetric in its design. The main block goes right to the side seam on on side, but is dissected by the contrast colour on the other side.
How amazing is that?! The recommended fabrics are Crepe
, Ponte Knit
, and Shantung, so you can se as subtle or as daring as you like and have lovely finish.
We can always, though, go back to black. Our Ponte Roma
is a hit with Sewists everywhere as it is so lovely to work with, and the colours are so rich. Create a new classic by teaming a plain black with our Lurex Ponte Roma
for a contrast! You'll be a hit this party season
and at just £7.50 this week, you can have a designer classic just for you! If you use this pattern, be sure to show it off with us!
Posted in Special Offers on Monday the 2nd November 2015 by Crafty Crafter
Our Pattern of the Week
this Week is for Gym Bunnies and Lounge Lizards alike with Kwik Sew's Racer Back Top & Pull On Pants
Now as you might imagine, this is designed for Stretch Knit Fabric
but only the waistband and cuffs on the trousers need to have 50% stretch, the rest can be a Knit Fabric
with little or no stretch so this really widens the field!
...with splashes of colour...
..and not limited to grey contrast this is a great fabric for this pattern and so easy to tailor to your style!
I need a pair of pull on trousers in this fabric. Who doesn't? I am always looking for an excuse to use this Hawaiian Palm Trees Print Stretch Jersey
and for me this pattern is crying out for it! One of our Team for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network
used this and mentions how lovely the drape is and how easy it is to care for. Perfect house/sewing trousers me thinks!
Vest tops are a staple in many a wardrobe, even through the colder months. How many of us have really boring vests piled in our drawers? No more I say! With the racer back and a shelf bra lining, the top itself is wonderful and you can play with fabrics to make your sports wear the prettiest in the gym,or your lounge wear surprise visitor proof ;)
Posted in Special Offers on Monday the 26th October 2015 by Crafty Crafter
Hello Hello Hello!
This is a real Mix and Match Pattern and is truly stunning
Look at that! 4 Bodices, 2 Midriffs, 4 Skirts and a Flower in one sewing pattern. It' like a GCSE Maths Exam Question! Though don't fret, we've done the working out, 64. 64 different dress combinations! This teamed with recommended fabrics of Satin
, Sheer Fabrics
for the Draping Bodices, and Tulle
for the huge
skirt, gives you the chance to create something truly special.
If you want to recreate this astounding garment our Bridal Tulle
is amazing for many reasons. For me though its amazing elegance and 108" width make it a winner. Match with our Shimmer Crepe
for a stunning evening dress.
If you fancy an 80s throw back, try the Puff Ball variation as a chance to play with some amazing Sheer Fabric
What about the seemingly boring straight skirt?
With a contrasting midriff, a true winner
Wondering how to use the flower embellishment? From this sketch, less certainly isn't more!
Most certainly an excuse to experiment with Sheer Border Fabrics
to mirror the detail of the bodice!
At just £4.38 this week, this is another great way to get adventurous!
As always, share your makes!
Posted in Special Offers on Monday the 19th October 2015 by Crafty Crafter
It's Pattern of the Week
time! This week features a perfect pattern for those looking to venture in to making party Dresses!
Butterick 4443 features SIX views, including a 3 bodice variations,trims, belts, all sorts! What they all have in common is a lovely just below-knee length and close fit around he bodice.
Views A and B are the Strapless Bodice views, with varying trim. Certainly overtly the Party Dresses of the pack, I can see these at weddings and most certainly in Woven Stretch Jacquard Dress Fabric Gold
The high cotton content of this Jacquard make it fit with this pattern well, and would hold structure of the skirt well. Perfect for the simplicity of View A with it's Baroque Patterned Texture. It also has Lycra so will give and take with all the dancing (or expanding stomachs) of the up and coming season!
I'd swap the Black for a lovely Navy for a slightly more gentle contrast.
View F is the lovely Sunny Day dress with the gorgeous sleeves.
What I really like about this pattern is you an take any of the factors and mix and match to make your perfect dress. When you read the recommended fabrics of Lightweight Linen
, Cotton, Cotton Blends
and Gingham, it can seem a bit of a limited range but actually you can move from a structred brocade to a light weight lawn and still be within the pattern requirements. A true testament to the lovely nature of cotton, really! You could even use a Poly/Cotton Georgette! I'd love to try this pattern with this Dimensional Floral Cotton & Georgette Dress Fabric
At just £4 this week, you can really get adventurous with this lovely simple and easy pattern. If you do, let us know! Get on ye olde social media
See you Sew-n! (I do not regret this pun!)
Katie B xo
Posted in Special Offers on Monday the 12th October 2015 by Crafty Crafter
Well, it's that time of year. It's most certainly Autumn. The winter woolens are slowly and surely coming out of retirement, and the thick tights are sneaking their way into our daily wardrobes. There is hope, though! It's not quite
big wooly coat time and this week's POW
certainly reflects that!
Vogue 9069 is a 'Vogue Very Easy' pattern so is a great starting point for anyone just breaking into coat making. Even the fabrics are there to help you. Designed for fabrics such as Lightweight Woolens
, and Gabardine
(as well as it's sister fabric Gaberchino
) they are all relatively easy to sew, particularly the Light Wools which will ease you in genteley for anything heavier you'd like to work with in the future. Even with the introduction of Satin
for the contrast, these are small pieces which will give you some insight to future sews (Taffeta is GORGEOUS to work with!). The coat itself is loose fitting, to, so even fitting won't be too much of an issue. As if all that wasn't enough, it's a designer pattern so you know everything will be just so.
Looking at the rear pattern information, you'd be forgiven for thinking this is a Dressing Gown pattern! The simple cut of the pattern means you can be brave with your fabric choices as this is really going to be the focus of the piece.
You could also go for something slight more mac-like with the Gabers. Our Polycotton Gaberdine
would be really easy to care for, and its polyester content would prevent epic creasing when it's draped over your arm in the sporadic Autumn sunshine! The benefit to the staple colours this comes in is you can really play with contrasts. A flash of Cerise Pink Habotai Lining
certainly wouldn't go amiss!
Now if you really
want to go to town, our Gaberchino
comes in some truly stunning colours and I'm quite taken with the Turquoise! Mix with a Lemon Yellow Anti Static Lining
and you can brighten anyone's rainy October day!
If you're looking for a little luxury and want your coat to really take you through into early winter, our Navy Blue Cashmere Wool Coat Fabric
is certainly for you. Some say you can't have luxury without a contrast in satin, and our Satin Backed Crepe
in navy is the perfect match. Choose from the shimmery satin or the matte crepe side for a truly stunning coat that will be sure to turn heads!
Now just when this couldn't get better, for this week this pattern is just £6.50. Six Pounds and Fifty Pence for a designer pattern! Get in my pattern stash!
Be sure to share your makes! This pattern is a blank canvas and I want to see what you can paint!
Katie B xo
Posted in Special Offers on Tuesday the 6th October 2015 by Crafty Crafter
Boo, it's Tuesday, but do not despair! Minerva is here to keep you powering through until Friday with a run down of the Simplicity Sewing Pattern Sale
My bank balance lives for when these patterns are on sale, because I crush on these pattern so hard I could buy the whole catalogue! These patterns work hard for their money, so when they're on sale they are an absolute steal. Here's why...
Starting as we mean to go on, Simplicity 1280
is everything I love a pattern to be; Stylish, and Value for Money. This is a capsule wardrobe in a single pattern. Even if you can't wear leggings to work the 3 top variations are spot on, particularly now the weather is cooling down they're easy to layer! Designed for Stretch Knits
, you can tailor this to your own style so easily, and at just £3.99 whilst the sale is on it can suit every budget.
Moving onto another capsule wardrobe pattern, Simplicity 1104
includes Dress, Top, Skirt, & Leggings designed by Cynthia Rowley and is a brilliant Smart Casual night out wardrobe. With Views A, B, and C being designed for Batiks, Brocades
, Damasks, Failles, Linen Types
, Piques, Poplins
, Double Knits, and Ponte Romas
this is another hard working pattern that at just £3.99 is too good to pass up!
Another Gem in the Simplicity Crown is their Amazing Fit
Collection. Featuring separate pieces for Cup Sizes B-DD, these patterns live up to their name and Simplicity 1102
is crying to be yours! A great pattern with 3 variations, it's the little things on this dress that make it magic, such as the inverted V midriff with ruching, and the soft shoulder pleats. Another Stretch Knit wonder, I would opt for a plain Jersey
and let the pattern do the work. Another £3.99 stunner working hard for your money!
is a multi size pattern with a difference, offering male-cut clothing in Adult and
Children sizes! Perfect for the family on a budget at £3.99, these are timeless classic garments that can be worked to any style and any occasion. Choose from Casual or Smart stretch knits for the tops, and Chino
for the trousers to suit your needs!
A great family pattern now in the form of Simplicity 2481
, a lovely Pyjama Top and Bottom combination designed by Karen Zunich. Suitable for the lounge-wear favourites; Cottons
, and chambray
, as well as Batiks and Calico. Choose to utilise contrasts and/or pockets for a unique style an to keep loved ones toasty! Great for Christmas presents, too, I think! Another value winner at £3.99
Another collection that cannot be ignored in the Simplicity repertoire is the Project Runway
collection, particularly the patterns designed for the little fashionistas! Simplicity 1123
is a great pattern which includes 2 skirt variations as well as a short playsuit view and 3 different shoulder choices! I particularly like the triangle cut out detail on the bodice. Very trendy, but still age appropriate keeping even the most fashion conscious young ones on trend. A gem at £3.19!
Now Simplicity 1351
gets us all jealous here at HQ because we want an adult size version! I'm pretty sure a colleague bought this "for her daughter", but also bought an adult onesie pattern at the same time so I think she bought it for the templates to make her own! Though at £2.79 whilst the sale is on I can't say I blame her. My nephew already has a Shark Dressing Gown, so maybe a contrasting Owl onesie should be next...
Now babies grow up fast, but not fast enough for my liking. My niece needs a serious growth spurt so I can make her this darling Coat and Jacket outfit (complete with bonnet of course!) from Simplicity 1207
. This is a star pattern for me and at £3.19 I may just need to invest early
There's certainly enough patterns I can work on in the mean time, like Simplicity 1204
. Including a view to make a bodysuit, this pattern is the gift that keeps on giving with Dungarees, Dunga-dress, numerous collar and sleeve variations, and even hats! At £3.19 you can keep the tiny ones clothed for all occasions.
Another £3.19 Baby all-star pattern is Simplicity 1330
which includes adorable pull on pants with elastic at the ankles, jacket, long sleeve knit top, short sleeve knit bodysuit with snap closure, booties and blanket! a perfect baby shower hamper or charity bundle.
No Simplicity run down is complete without featuring their Vintage Sewing Patterns
Reprints and Simplicity 1609
is an all time favourite! At just £3.99, this is a perfect shift dress, which can be worked up quickly and easily for almost instant fashion! Add the bow or collar detailing as desired, and why not try on our Suede Fabric
for a garment that's bang on trend?
Be sure to keep in touch and share your Sale makes!