Hello everyone! It’s time for another post on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network and it is actually my 1 year anniversary being part of this amazing team of bloggers. I can’t believe it’s been 12 months already, how time flies!

To celebrate this milestone, I couldn’t sew anything else than a pretty dress. The pattern I chose is the relatively new release from Sew Over It, the Marguerite dress. I fell in love with the pink version ever since I saw it in my e-mail and I knew I wanted to make it for this summer. Imagine my surprise when I discovered the exact same Fabric that Lisa is wearing on the pattern cover on the Minerva Crafts shop. I was over the moon!

The fabric is a Swiss dot, it is very lightweight and quite see-through, but it has some lovely embossed dots on it, which make it very cute and feminine in my opinion. So I think it lends itself very well to the feminine style of the Marguerite dress. I was a bit afraid at first that it was going to be difficult to handle, but I had absolutely no issues with it.

As for the pattern, I won’t say that it is a quick project. There are quite a lot of details to it, like the gathering on the bodice and skirt, the darts, the back zipper with the keyhole opening, the cuffs. So it takes a bit of time to make it, but I think it’s worth it in the end.

Because I left it for the last minute (this month has literally slipped through my fingers), I chose to omit some time consuming parts, like the keyhole opening. Instead I installed the invisible zip all the way up to the neckline and it worked perfectly fine.

As with the Lottie dress I made a few months ago, this dress was also too big in the back. A friend of mine warned me of this so I was prepared. The fit everywhere else is spot on, but the back neckline is gaping, which is something that I’ll need to go back and fix.

I’m really happy with how this pretty dress has turned out. It is a bit girly, but it is totally my style and I can’t wait to wear it out! I have to wear a slip underneath because the fabric is transparent, but I don’t really mind.

Overall, it is a pattern and fabric combo that I would recommend to anyone who’d like to make a beautiful, cute dress and learn some interesting techniques.

I hope you like it?

Athina