I’m here today to share a little outfit I made as part of the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network this month. Here’s a sneak peek, keep reading for all the details!

I wanted to make a causal comfy outfit I can relax in at home together, or wear combined with other items in my handmade wardrobe out and about. I have wanted to make some more leggings for a while and have seen lots of lovely versions of the Hey June Sloan Leggings so I went with this pattern. I love that the pattern is designed with different figures in mind. There are different pattern pieces for tall, petite and regular leg length. The pattern is a pdf print at home, but was very quick to assemble and cut my size (I chose the tall inseam). I was able to fit my pieces onto 1 meter of this beautiful Ponte Roma Fabric in black. The fabric itself is lovely to work with and wear. It washes nicely, doesn’t bobble, and is really soft to wear as leggings. The fabric-pattern match here is perfect here. They have been getting a lot of wear since I made them! I've just checked and this fabric is available in so many colourways! This pattern has a few variations, and they are designed as gym or exercise leggings with a pattern piece for a waistband pocket to store your key or phone. I left this piece off as mine are purely for leisurewear! They would be great made up in fabric with more lycra as sports leggings too.  

To go with these leggings I wanted a relaxed long style blouse. Ever since the release of the Style Arc Blaire shirt and shirtdress I have wanted to try the pattern out. Again this is a pdf print at home pattern. If you look at the line drawings of this pattern in shirt style you can see it is cropped and has separate upper and lower shirt sections along with an underlay. I omitted these details and just lengthened the upper shirt pieces straight down and cut the hem in a curved shape in keeping with the style of the original shirt design. 

I chose this lovely linen, viscose and cotton blend Summer Fabric to work with. It is a great weight for an oversized shirt, and presses really nicely making it easy to work with when you’ve got details like a collar and button bands to deal with!

I used the wrong side of the fabric as the right side as I preferred the more neutral colour! I did use the more yellow ‘right side’ for the collar however as I like the contrast. I really like the sleeve cuffs included in the pattern. They hold their shape beautifully in this linen blend which I love. 

Both of these fabrics were great to work with, I think the fabric I chose for my leggings is the most perfect leggings fabric! It is soft and comfortable, and isn’t at all restrictive for a close fitting pair of leggings. I will be making more leggings in this fabric before long!

That's all from me this month. I hope you enjoyed reading about my makes. If you have any questions about these or my other Minerva makes then just comment below or on my Instagram