Hello all! This months Minerva Make is a double whammy. A stripy jumpsuit made from this Woven Fabric and a white off the shoulder cropped blouse made from this Cotton Lawn Fabric. The original plan was trousers and a white buttondown shirt, but my brain had other plans.

I have a love for backless things at the moment, and so I wanted to incorporate that into this jumpsuit. For the front bodice I squared my bodice block neckline and then just drew a diagonal line down from there extending past the side seams of my original block.

I made sure to put pockets in the trousers because I've been having a lot of days out in London while the weathers fine and without a coat I have nowhere to put things I need to get to quickly, like my phone and oyster card. Pockets are very necessary things.

My main issue with the bodice was the gaping. A side dart as well as the original waist dart managed to sort that out alright. The side edge is finished with bias binding which extends into the strap. There's an invisible zip at the centre back of the trousers and the waist seam was also finished with bias binding.

And as for the top, I started with a basic shirt pattern and cropped it at the waist. I then sewed the shoulder seams, set the sleeves in and sewed down the side seams. I tried it on, decided where I wanted it to sit on my shoulders and cut there which left me with an off the shoulder neckline. Then I used the waistband interfacing as a channel for the elastic at the neckline. This gave a really good shape and was very easy to press into place. The cotton is nice and airy and very easy to press, and the little dots on it make it that bit more interesting.

Thanks very much for reading, to Minerva for the supplies for this project and to Abby for taking the pictures!

Lauren xx