Minerva Crafts Reveal - Joanne
Posted on Monday the 14th July 2014 by Sew Little Time
Somewhat belatedly, here's my Minerva Crafts make for June. As you will remember we had to make a party dress to celebrate Minerva's win at the British Sewing Awards and to wear to the meet up at the Minerva Crafts Centre.
Due to unforeseen circumstances I couldn't make the meet up and am bit late in photographing and blogging my final dress!
As per my preview post, I used pewter sequinned lace to fulfil my hankering after a lace dress, and lined it with navy lining to make the lace pattern really stand out. This worked well and I much preferred it to matching or nude lining.
I had initially planned to make a straight By Hand London Flora with the wrap bodice but when the lace arrived I realised it had a scalloped edge which I wanted to show off. So I looked for a pattern with a full skirt that was cut straight across the hem and settled on Gather Mortmain. I love how the pleats look on the skirt!
I underlined the bodice with the navy lining and basted them together. I also marked the darts with basting stitches so that the two layers didn't separate and make the darts wonky. I also spent a lot of time unpicking sequins from the seam lines. I'm not sure whether this was totally necessary or whether I could have sewn over them. But this gave rise to the name of the dress - by the time I had cut the lace and unpicked sequins my house was covered in glitter and it really did look like the Disco Apocalypse had arrived! We are still finding sequins now!
I also lined the bodice as per the pattern instructions. Due to the contrast, understitching was really needed with this dress to stop the lining peeking out.
I decided not to line the skirt as I had intended. I cut my pattern pieces in lining and hemmed them by machine. I then lined them up with the point on the fabric where I wanted the hem to fall so that I could have the scallops extending out at the bottom. I used french seams to finish the side seams.
Sorry I missed the party Vicki and all at Minerva - I hear it was a good one!