For my Minerva project this month I chose to make another dress. I picked a pattern company I’d never used before – Kwik Sew. I have to say Kwik Sew patterns have never really appealed to me before, but I fell in love with K4111, which I think is a new release.  

I love the wrap skirt and the little pleats at the waist, not to mention the cap sleeves. I love a cap sleeve, although the pattern calls them ‘flanges’ – not a very attractive name!

Once I’d chosen the pattern, it was time to pick some fabric. I chose this printed viscose fabric (it’s almost sold out now, so be quick if you want some!) I loved the vibrant colours against the black background. It is gorgeous stuff, really soft and drapey. Perfect for this dress.

   

Size-wise, I used a bit of a mixture. Kwik Sew patterns are sized XS – XL, and as usual my measurements fell across several sizes. I used the size small for the shoulders and neckline, grading out to a medium at the bust and waist, and then a large for the hips. I ended up having to take the dress in under the arms once I’d almost finished it, so I could probably have gone with a small at the bust as well, grading out to a medium at the waist.

Strangely I had to shorten the front bodice a bit. I’d actually been worried that it might pull across the chest, but it was much too long. I think I took a good inch out, grading to nothing at the side seams. This and the underarm alteration were done once the dress was almost complete as I didn’t bother to make a muslin.

I also lengthened the skirt about 2 inches – so beware if you’re tall that this pattern will come up short. I’m only 5’3” and I found the skirt too short for my liking, mind you I like my knees to be covered.

I’m very pleasantly surprised with how well this dress turned out. Having never used a Kwik Sew pattern before I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the instructions were good and everything fit together as it should. I love the combined neck and armhole facing, it makes for a very neat finish inside.

As always, thanks go to Minerva Crafts for providing me with the materials to make this dress.