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Pattern of the Week McCalls 6801- Dresses with Waist Gather Detail

Our POW 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
For the plain bodice you can really let the fabric work and our Black, Lilac & Grey Viscose & Lycra Stretch Jersey would work perfectly, creating truly unique patterns throughout the gathers 
Or, for a slightly more subtle design, our Diamonds Pattern Stretch Jersey will deliver a lovely textured effect
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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Minerva Craft Club Members VIP Day!

Hi everyone,
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!
Sign up here and stat saving straight away!
Bye for now,
Vicki x
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Pattern of the Week McCalls 6449 - Slippers & Booties

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
Specifically our Chunky Towelling.
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.
Rising high above the rest we have these stunning high leg booties with great contrasts and toggle button detailing! Our Crendon Flat 'Tooth' Shape Toggles would be flush with the side of he boot (helping prevent any trips!) and teamed with some leather cording and a Faux Suede these will really stand out around the house!
So that's this week's POW! I feel like curling up under a blanket with Hot Chocolate already!
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Pattern of the Week Butterick 4593 - Pleated & Ruffle Skirts

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, WoolensDenimTweed 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?
If you'd rather the fabric did all of the work, utilise the border on our  Sequinned Stretch Needlecord for easy peasy style!
Moving onto the ruffles...
A trio of gorgeous ruffles is perfect for this Patterned Knitted Wool Fabric, a colourful winter wear for walks in the park!
Moving to two ruffles, utilise a contrast binding with a Tweed Effect Polyester 
 
Again, letting the fabric do the work our Woven Tweed Suiting with Tulle Detail would create a lovely effect with the whirls of tulle!
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!
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Pattern of the Week Vogue 1329 - Colour Block Panelled Dress

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 CrepePonte Knit, and Shantung, so you can se as subtle or as daring as you like and have  lovely finish.
I'd be tempted to block our Polyester French Crepe but in Navy and Cream, for a slight twist.
Or why not go one step further and use a print, too? Our John Kaldor Spotty Print Crinkle Polyester with a Crisp White Crepe Fabric would really brighten an event!
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!
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Pattern of the Week Kwik Sew 3835 - Racer Back Top & Pull On Pants

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! 
Moving on with a stripe pattern, our Broad Stripe Stretch Viscose Jersey Clearance Dress Fabric is a fabulous fabric that has almost unlimited uses...
...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!
Another suggested fabric is Stretch Velvet, so our Stretch Velour Jersey Dress Fabric in Navy Blue is perfect for this 
 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 ;)
Our John Kaldor Large Floral Stretch Jersey Dress Fabric is perfect for this, I think. So many customers rave about the John Kaldor Fabrics and it is so easy to see why with prints like this and quality to match.
If you're looking to steer away from prints, our Plain Viscose Stretch Jersey Dress Fabric Raspberry Pink is a good example of so many of our plain jerseys. A smooth viscose blend with a rich colour, Lovely! 
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Pattern of the Week McCalls 6466 - Lined Evening Dresses & Flower

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Our Pattern of the Week is a WOW as well as a POW!
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 and CrepeSheer 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!
 
Our Floral Ribbon Embroidered Georgette Dress Fabric is begging to be teamed with this voluminous addition and the bright colour choices are the cherry on the cake for the big impact of this dress!
What about the seemingly boring straight skirt?
Our 100% Silk Satin Print Dress Fabric in Navy Blue is most definitely he fabric for this, teamed with our 60" wide Double Georgette Dress Fabric this will be the understated bell of the ball
Moving on to the flared skirt, time to introduce a crepe and our Large Spot Print Soft Dress Fabric Black & Cream is the one for me
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!
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Katie B xo
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Pattern of the Week Butterick 4443- Sew Easy Dresses and Belts

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! 
If you're looking to replicate the crisp lines of View B, Jardin Stretch Cotton Sateen Dress Fabric would most certainly be the way to go
I'd swap the Black for a lovely Navy for a slightly more gentle contrast.
View C, D, and E are the sleeveless bodices with various trims and necklines. These are more Summery Garden Party to me so I can only see these in gorgeous florals such as Floral Print Liberty Cotton Poplin Dress Fabric in Bright Pink
or even our Black/White Zebra Animal Print Cotton Poplin Fabric! (I think this would be super jazzy) 
View F is the lovely Sunny Day dress with the gorgeous sleeves. 
To me this cries bright and breezy so a lovely cotton lawn like our Floral Print Liberty Cotton Lawn Dress Fabric in Blue & White
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 LinenCotton, 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
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Katie B xo
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Pattern of the Week Vogue 9069 - Loose Fit Wrap Coats & Belt

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 WoolensFleece, 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 and Taffeta 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.
I mentioned this fabric in last week's POW but it really bears repeating. Our Camel/Brown Tweed 100% Wool Suiting Designer would really make this coat something special. 100% wool to make it hardy against the strong British Winds, but being a suiting fabric is will be light enough to work with the flow in the pattern. Team this with our Camel Circles Jacquard Patterned Lining and you're onto a winner!
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!
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The Best of the Simplicity Sewing Pattern Sale!

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 and Jerseys, 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, BrocadesCrepes, Damasks, Failles, Linen Types, Piques, PoplinsSateensTaffetas, 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!
Simplicity 1286 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 ChinoDenimCorduroyPoplin or Twill 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; Cottonsflannel, 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 my nephew is most definitely going to have this little joy of an outfit to wear! Simplicity 1206 is just £3.19 at the moment and  perfect way to experiment with our Linen-Look Polyester Crepe Soft Suiting Dress Fabric that I've been dying to find a use for!
 
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?
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