Hello everyone,

I am Aida, I blog at idaaidasewing.wordpress.com and this is my very first post here at Minerva Crafts, I am so excited about being part of the blogger network and that it’s finally time to share my first project with you.

I almost always start with the Fabric, and while browsing the fabric section here at Minerva Crafts I knew I wanted it to be wool and then I knew that it had to be plaid, that being said I just could not ignore this wool and linen blend Suiting Fabric in navy blue colour which I envisioned as a shirt dress, how could I resist two of my favourite fibres blended in one fabric?

Now about the pattern, just a few days before my fabric arrived I discovered in a thrift store in the center of Athens some old issues of Burda Style magazine, they actually had an entire shelf dedicated to Burda, off course I had to make some of them mine and I did buy 5 issues. One of them was Burda 03/1973, there are so many gorgeous patterns in this issue and luckily some of them are in my size, I say luckily because the old issues of Burda use to have patterns in one or at most two sizes.

I went for pattern nr. 5070 and the reason I chose this shirt dress pattern is because there is no waist seam thus it was less work in matching the plaid, I only had to deal with matching the sleeve and the side seams instead of struggling to match the waist seam as well. I'm satisfied with how the side seam is matched but the sleeve could be better!

To start with as I’m not a fan of gathers I changed the gathers featured in the two front pieces into pleats and edgestitched them, I lengthened the sleeves and also made the collar significantly smaller as the wide collar that is featured in this pattern does not appeal to me.

The dress is fully lined and I added inseam pockets.

For the collar and cuff pieces I eliminated the vertical white lines by sewing tacks and leaving only one horizontal line. My mother did some embroidery in the cuffs and the back yoke which make the dress really special to me.

I can’t describe how much I love this dress, I prefer to wear it with a belt and would also like to mention that the shoes I’m wearing here are also made by me, yep, that’s my first pair of shoes that I made last year and they go so well with this dress.

So that was my first post, would love to hear what you think of this dress!

Till the next time,

Aida