Hi Everyone! Hope you are all enjoying the summer sun. For this blog post for the network I’ve made something else super colourful and super summery! (Can you tell I have a style?) I found this amazing Flamingo Print Fabric on the Minerva website and just knew I had to make something with it.
I’ve already spoken about how much I love this fabric on my youtube channel. It’s got all my favourite colours in it AND flamingos! I mean, what more could you want from a fabric? It’s a sturdy cotton, it’s easy to cut and there’s a good amount of pattern on it. Plus it can be used for so many things! I’m truly in love with it. 
It’s my birthday on the 10th July and I always like to wear something pretty and new. However, this year, as I’ve been making more of my own clothes, I thought I could make my ‘birthday dress’ myself. I didn't want anything super complicated, and I wanted it to be different. Something maybe I wouldn’t normally wear? 
Tilly and the Buttons brought out the Etta Cocktail Dress Sewing Pattern recently. And it’s the perfect pattern for a sophisticated birthday dress. And I think it’s even more fun in this wonderful fabric. The two combined have made the ideal birthday dress for me, and I cannot wait to wear it. 
The pattern itself, like all Tilly patterns, is easy to follow, uncomplicated and a joy to make. I know I always rave about her patterns, but it’s my total honest opinion. I’ve obviously used quite an easy fabric, so if you’re nervous about making this pattern, a sturdy cotton is your best choice!
Don’t think making a cocktail dress is difficult, there’s a few darts to match, an invisible zip and a kick pleat - all of which are simple to follow and do. You can add sleeves, pockets, change the neckline; it’s super versatile and can be totally unique to you. 
I tried my absolute best to pattern match - this is something I’m really not good at! I nearly got it around the waistline, but it’s slightly off. Luckily (in my opinion) the print is busy enough for it not to be too obvious! Please comment if you disagree, I know I need to practice! And if you have any advice for doing so?
I love the fit of it on me, it’s not a shape of dress I’d usually wear, but I hope it looks good? It is quite structured in this fabric as it’s not got any stretch. I do feel great in it though. I’d love to wear it in a soft stretch knit or maybe a sateen as well. Next time!
I really hope you enjoy this post and like what I’ve made. Get this fabric as soon as you can, you can make so many great things with it. I think I’m definitely going to wear this for many special occasions, it’s just so much fun! 
Looking forward to my next post! Happy Handmade!
Sophia x 
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