For my May Minerva Crafts make, I wanted to try something a little different. In the past I had noticed the Fabric Bundles on the Minerva Crafts website, but never considered actually getting one. As I was debating on what I wanted to sew up for this month, I realized that I would love to face the challenge of deciding what to make with some random fabric that I had no part in choosing.

I decided to get the 5 metre bundle of Grey Fabrics (you can also get them as 2 metre and 10 metre bundles). These bundles, or lots, are made up of random pieces of fabric. You don’t know if you will be receiving one five metre piece, or ten half metre pieces. Neither do you know what types of fabric you will be get. Will it be chiffon? Silk? Cotton? It’s a complete and total mystery!

I cannot tell you how excited I was when my package finally arrived in the mail! I hurried home and quickly cut it open. Inside were two beautiful pieces of gray fabric. One was a little heavier weight than the other, more like a lightweight suiting. Both pieces had a very slight, one-way stretch to them. Now I only had to decide what to make with them.

The lightweight suiting piece was three metres long. I initially tried to make some self-drafted palazzo pants, but, sadly, that didn’t end up working. I ended up repurposing the fabric to make a self-drafted skirt. It is a very basic, four panel, flared skirt. To make it slightly more difficult for me, I thought I would try drafting a pocket piece since I have never attempted it before. It was ridiculously easy! I basically made a large rectangle, cut one corner at an angle, and trimmed the opposite corner into a curve. I also completely lined the pockets which means there are no unfinished edges inside. Once the pockets were done, all I had to do was topstitch them to the skirt front panels. The finished garment isn’t super interesting to look at, but it is so wearable and the massive pockets make it even better. It’s practicality appeals to me so much!

For the second piece of grey fabric, I had two metres which was just enough to cut out an Anna dress with a self-drafted half circle skirt. I used the same slightly modified neckline as the strawberry dress in my previous post. I decided on this dress on a whim, but I am so in love with how it turned out! It looks so classic and elegant. It has the potential to be either quite casual, or dressed up for a night out on the town. The fabric has a lovely drape without being too clingy. The slight stretch across the grain makes the dress even more comfortable.

In addition to the fabric bundle, I also thought it was high time I looked through Minerva Crafts’ truly massive Haberdashery section. While browsing, I caught sight of this adorably perfect Wrist Pin Cushion. I have long wanted both a wrist pin cushion and some of these cutesy Heart Pins. I figured that now would be a good time to get both! I so enjoyed being able to look over while I was sewing and see the bright little rainbow of pins. I expect to get quite a lot of use out of them.

Have a jolly day!

~Emily