Thursday, 24 April 2014

Minerva make - Back in business

Winter is quietly coming to Sydney and I'm ready for the cooler weather with this ponte mix dress, courtesy of Minerva Crafts UK, with boots.
 But for now, let's dress for the weather - Australia mild autumn:)

The Minerva kit has it all - Vogue 8923 pattern, fabrics and an invisible zipper. No need to search high and low to make this dress. 

Grab some tricot to line the dress if you like a smoother look.
I'm really pleased that I was able to line up the checks on the front panels. 
I had to cut each panel out one at a time.
Then I had to check the lines.
There was a bit of repinning for a lovely outcome.
This little number is lined with tricot and I've added a sleeve band using 3 rows of checks.
If that suits you, try it. It's not a pattern piece but it's easy enough to achieve.
A walking foot and a bit of strategic pinning as you sew helped me line up the checks and join lines at the back of this dress.
Look out winter at the work.
In the background is a glimpse of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

Thanks again to Minerva Crafts for providing everything I needed to make this dress work:)
Thanks to Mr V for taking the city photos too.

Postscript: The McCalls Pattern Company recognised the work I did on this dress through my review on Pattern Review  #happydance

25 comments:

Gail said...

Maria, I just love this pattern on you. And where do you find David Jones print ponte in Sydney?? I might just break my fabric diet for that.

BMGM said...

I liked your first version, but I love your second one. The new bodice length is spot on and soooo flattering. I love it.

Sew Little Time said...

Lovely. Good tip on the walking foot to line up the checks too!

ks gentry said...

This is the perfect, I love it, and the alterations you made to the bodice is spot on!

Sarah Liz said...

Very smart, classic dress for many occasions.

kbenco said...

How shapely and elegant you look, its a great fabric and pattern combination for sure.

Velosewer said...

You're too kind Gail.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Grace. It was worth the effort. I hope you're going well too.

Velosewer said...

The walking foot can cost a bit to buy but it's worth it.

Velosewer said...

Thanks so much.

Cennetta said...

You look fabulous! Well done.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Cennetta. Your work always inspires me.

Velosewer said...

The bodice panels help with show shape really well.

Velosewer said...

Thanks.

Velosewer said...

Thank you.

Sharon said...

Very smart dress and love the houndstooth.

Sandra Julian said...

What a great dress. I initially thought it was separates when I saw the photos. The ideal dress for Autumn (or the mild Sydney winter).

Vicki said...

Very cute dress! Nice view from work too :)

Velosewer said...

Thanks Sharon.

Velosewer said...

It does look deceiving now that you've mentioned it.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Vicki.

Amy T said...

Swit swoo. You look fabulous. And love the pattern matching!

Measure Twice Cut Once said...

I so like the combo of the houndstooth with the black, seeing makes like this always makes me feel a little sad I've never had a job where I get to suit it up!

Lena Merrin said...

Ooh la la, very nice! :)

RedPointTailor said...

This is great! I love this combination. It works perfect!

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