Hi everyone!

It's Kathy here from www.sewdainty.co.uk and I am thrilled to share my latest make with you!

Most of you will already know that Minerva Crafts stock a great selection of Sewing Patterns. In fact I was a little overwhelmed when I first checked them out as the choice is vast. Not only are the big pattern companies available here, there is a massive selection of Sewing Patterns from Independent Designers too.

This was the perfect opportunity to try a pattern that I had been eyeing up for a long time. The Day Dress by The Avid Seamstress.

I don't know about you but when I am researching new patterns that I want to try, I spend a great deal of time browsing through images of the pattern on the internet to see what it looks like in different fabrics and colours, and how it looks when different people have made it up. As usual this was the case with this pattern and each time I searched for inspiration on it I was drawn back to the image that The Avid Seamstress use for their pattern cover. 

This is the first time that I have made a pattern up to look as much as possible like the image on the pattern cover. I usually enjoy the challenge of making the dress your own by selecting a fabric which you think will work well with that design. Oh no! Not this time - I was certain that on this occasion I wanted a straight off replica of the design picture itself!

My chosen fabric is an adorable linen look Polyester Fabric. It looks like linen but without all the creases! Such lovely quality and a bargain at only £3.99 per metre! I couldn't have been more happy with it.

The sewing pattern itself is great. The high quality paper pattern sheet is accompanied by a wonderful instruction booklet and leaflets helping with sewing terms and helpful advice. It's also worth knowing that The Avid Seamstress have very thorough 'step by step' type explanations and videos on their website, if you are struggling.

The order in which the dress pieces are put together was a little different to what I was expecting - but I followed the instructions to the letter and loved how it came together. One good tip they gave was to overlock all the raw edges before stitching. I know that some sewists will already do this, but I haven't before and tend to sew the seam and then finish the edges afterwards. This helpful tip was amazing and one I will use on my sewing makes in the future for sure.

Can we just take a moment to appreciate how deep the pockets are on this dress! Yes!

The gathers are made using elastic. Anybody familiar with the Moneta Dress will know all about this way of gathering. I have only used clear elastic before for this, but for this dress I used regular 6mm elastic and it worked great. The result - even gathers!

The sleeves require a little patience. Normally they are eased into place by gentle gathering stitches at the head of the sleeve but the instructions ask you to ease it into the dress by using lots and lots of pins and taking your time. I did just this and I am thrilled to say that they both went in beautifully without any puckers at all! I hemmed the sleeve on the machine as per the instructions.

The dress is fastened with a 56cm invisible zipper. I must admit I am always a little nervous when it comes to invisible zips, but I think that I am finally becoming better at them, and on this occasion it worked out really well. Phew!

I decided to hem the skirt by hand, as I felt this is what would look the neatest with a plain fabric. I am usually quite lazy about this and generally machine stitch the hems of my dresses, but I wanted a really neat professional finish and I realised this could only be achieved by hand sewing. This actually didn't take too long as the skirt really isn't that full, and it gave me the finish that I wanted - almost invisible.

So all in all, I am over the moon with this dress. There is nothing that I didn't like about it, I didn't need to make any alterations and I love the style. Winner. 

Thank you for taking the time to read about my thoughts on this dress, I'll be back next month with another make!

Take care,

Kathy x