Today I'm here to share a review of the Merchant and Mills Factory Dress Pattern and the wonderful Fabric I chose. Thanks to team Minerva for supplying me with the fabric and pattern to allow this fabulous dress to become a reality, and for igniting my love for Merchant and Mills patterns! 
I really admire the Merchant and Mills aesthetic, and the simple design lines creating stylish garments. I remember rifling through a rail of test garments at the Knitting and Stitching show in London a few years ago when I had only just begun sewing, dreaming of the day I could create such a garment. 4 years later here I am sewing one of their patterns for the first time! 
Delving into the Merchant and Mills pattern collection I found it tough deciding on one pattern, but ultimately chose to review the Factory Dress. I was sold on the fold back collar, v neckline, ready rolled sleeves and easy pull over design. All of the features I love about a dress! I could immediately see the Factory fitting into my handmade work wardrobe. 
Having never seen a paper copy of a Merchant and Mills pattern before I was pleasantly surprised with the packaging. It comes in a sturdy paper envelope with the pattern on a lovely quality paper inside. I particularly liked the instruction pamphlet which is printed onto large sheets of brown paper. The instructions are illustrated and accompanied by text. They seem to rely on some background in sewing and don't hold your hand through all of the little steps as other patterns tend to do, but if you have used a few sewing patterns before or have a bit of previous sewing experience you probably won't have any problem following the instructions.  
"Inspired by working women, with a dash of the Twenties. The Factory Dress slips over the head, features pockets and ready-rolled up sleeves". Yes please! Sign me up! 
Then came choosing the fabric, and for this I knew I wanted something classic and as natural a fibre as possible. So off I went, hunting through Minerva's extensive catalogue of linens and cottons. When I stumbled across this check weave linen and viscose blend Dress Fabric I knew I'd found the perfect match for the factory dress pattern. I chose the navy blue colourway, but it also comes in a lovely brown too. The fabric content is 55% linen and 45% viscose giving it a really nice drape, opacity and softness to wear. It came out of a pre wash lovely and soft and ready to go.
In terms of assembly this pattern was a dream! I interfaced the relevant pieces in one go before setting off sewing. The instructions were clear to follow and included fantastic illustrations to help me along the way. The insides are really clean and finished and the pattern even includes nice big pockets (a must for any dress in my humble opinion!).  
All in all I absolutely love my dress, it's comfy, stylish, and very wearable day-to-day. It has some lovely features which set it aside from other shirtdress style patterns including the collar (which I absolutely love). Plus the collar is finished in such a neat way your dress insides look just as pretty as the outside! 
I can't wait to make my next Merchant and Mills Sewing Pattern, I think the Ellis and Hattie is next on my sewing list. So until next time, happy sewing everyone! 
Yasmeen @_ym.sews_