Hey Minerva makers!

I’m so excited to show you this month’s Blogger Network make. I have been drooling over this Art Gallery Denim for months but couldn’t decide what to make with it! It comes in a few colours, I knew I loved the Rainy Night (what a great name!) colourway, but just couldn’t settle on a pattern. I think it would look great as a Nina Lee Camden skirt, or a Tilly and the Buttons Cleo dress but in the end I went for the Jennifer Lauren Pippi Pinafore. I am really happy with my choice!

I have made the Pippi Pinafore before so I knew that I had made all the adjustments and could cut into this gorgeous denim confidently. The crosshatch-style pattern isn’t printed onto the denim but is part of the weave, similar to an Ikat. This gives it a lovely slubby feel but didn’t make the denim more difficult to work with. It is thick rigid denim though, with no stretch, so a jeans needle was definitely needed!

I forgot until I started cutting out that the Pippi Pinafore calls for a lining fabric to line the bib, waistband, and pockets. I dug through my scraps and found some leftover pieces of the Lady McElroy Raine Fleur  cotton poplin I used to make my Susie Blouse a couple of months ago. It is the perfect weight to not make the lined parts too bulky and the beautiful insides make me super happy when I see them. Everyone loves a special lining right?! And a great scrap buster so it’s a win win!

I had a hard time choosing what topstitching thread to use. I didn’t want to use dark blue thread as it would seem a shame for all the lovely topstitching to completely disappear. I was tempted to go for a mustard or rust topstitching thread as those colours look great on denim and are traditionally used on jeans but they just didn’t look right. Eventually I settled on a light grey which shows up nicely without being too distracting and matches the threads in the contrast weave.

The pattern is really fun to make, I love how the pockets line up with the pleats in the skirt and I really like how the bib straps feed through the bib and attach to themselves. I chose these Glittery Buttons and absolutely love them – I mean, every garment could benefit from a bit of glitter right?!

There is no zip in this pattern; the skirt closure is a button placket at the side of the skirt and the instructions in the pattern make it surprisingly easy to put together!

I have found that this has fit really well into my me-made wardrobe; it goes with loads of tops and has been great worn with leggings and boots in the cold weather and bare legs when it’s warm. It was so hot when we took these pictures that I couldn’t even bear to have my hair down but I think this pinafore dress even looks lovely worn like this with a sleeveless top. I’m sure this is going to easily become one of my most-worn makes!

Until next time, happy sewing!