For my Minerva Crafts March blog post, I had no problem deciding what I was going to make - it had to be a party dress for my 50th birthday, and the Jessica Dress by styleARC patterns  was perfect.
It was always going to be red sequins and, luckily, I found just the Fabric at Minerva - stretch sequinned jersey in my favourite shade of pillar-box red.
This was my first foray into styleARC patterns, although I have known of them for a long time. They are renowned for their brief instructions, assuming some knowledge of garment construction already, so probably are not ideal for absolute beginners. This is the sum total of them, in fact!
In fairness, there was nothing complicated about this dress, and the illustration for the front twist was ample.
Take note; your dressmaking shears will take a beating cutting through all those sequins!
Another thing to note is that the seamlines are not necessarily the standard 1.5cm that you may be used to, but at least they are marked on the pattern pieces. Just double check before sewing to ensure an accurate fit.
The twisted 'knot' front at the waist was what really caught my eye initially, and it really does look amazing in this fabric, with the sequins sparkling and dancing in the light.
The neck facing is simply an extension of the front, turned to the inside and caught in the shoulder seams. Simple, but effective and, believe it or not, the sequins weren't the slightest bit scratchy against my skin.
I cut the bias strip for the inside back neckline from the fabric selvedge which was sequin-free.
For sewers not confident in the application, there is a note sending you to the relevant tutorial on the website.
Of course, you can't iron or press this type of fabric, but it really doesn't need it anyway, and keeps its shape well.
When the neckline is finished, the front is sewn to the back at the shoulder seams, then the front facing folded back and hand stitched in place for a neat finish.
I pinned the side seams and tried it on before stitching, and the fit was true to size. A different bra would clearly be needed though!
At this point, the dress hung on the hanger for THREE weeks and, on the night of the party itself, still hadn't been hemmed!

So I wore it anyway, with raw edges on both the sleeves and the skirt hem. As it's a jersey, it wouldn't fray and nobody even noticed.

I was lucky enough to receive this fabulous Silver Necklace from some yarny friends which Minerva also stock.

I was a little concerned about how low cut the dress would be, but it's actually quite modest and doesn't reveal too much. Doesn't the necklace look fab with the dress?!

Here's a full length photo of me in the dress at the party, clashing with hubby's orange smoking jacket.

And here's the dress in action, boogying away to 'Bat Out Of Hell", if I remember correctly!

I can't wait to try another styleARC pattern, so watch this space....