Thursday, 6 November 2014

Minerva make - Updated work look

Vogue pieced patterns like V1407 are irresistible and Minerva has the right dogtooth print ponte and stretch lining for this dress. 
Here's a close up of the front binding WIP.
Spring in Australia gives us a few hot burst of Summer to come ie 35C during the day with relatively cooler nights, so Vogue 1407 is the ideal choice.
The test version confirmed the adjustments I needed to make as I didn’t want to ruin the fabric and notions from Minerva Crafts UK.
Noting my basic adjustments on the pattern envelope in pencil.
Adjustments
Roll shoulder, sway back, shortened hems, checking bust darts and straightened the side to match my hip shape were needed. I make these adjustments to just about every pattern.
Lining up the print to match once these pieces were cut out
Vogue pattern provide the actual bust, waist and hip measurements on their patterns and I rely on these so that I know what size to choose. Vogue pattern grading on their patterns help me grade as I go.

Vogue’s instructions are easy to follow and they name the pattern and provide the pattern number in their instructions. This keeps my sewing on the ‘straight and narrow’.
Lining up the centre fronts to match.
The fabrics
I did use Minerva Crafts dogtooth print in my March make work dress. So when I saw this brilliant white and black version, I knew Vogue 1407 would work. And it does.
Lining up the front pieces.
The lining from Minerva Crafts is something I’ve not come across locally before. It’s smooth and has a bit of stretch. The lining was easy to cut and easy to sew. It’s light-weight and sewed nicely but doesn’t add width to the dress. I’ll be bookmarking this fabric for a future knit sewing project.
The finished dress
Lining update 8 November: Here's a link to it. It comes in 8 colours. Is anti-static - that's why I like lining knit dresses. And is 60" wide. So this lining while it has some stretch, won't ride up your body while you're wearing this dress.

The dogtooth print has a very strong white against the black contrast. This print is also big enough to see and close enough to match up easily.

Sizing
I used the 14 on my hips and 12 at the waist and bust. Once I got this dress ready to hem I resewed the side seams in so the dress didn’t look baggy and was more form fitting. On both sides of the dress I took out 3cm at the side seams from the bust to the waist. I didn’t want to assume a smaller size. The test dress was a stretchier fabric so I gave the seams some lee way just in case I needed to let out the seams.
Those lines are me twisting and not the dress.
My design feature
The back dress and back dress lining pieces are the same width, but not the same length. Remember that if you cut this dress out and you're rushing.

Curves
I have curve so I embrace them. On the test version, I noticed the centre back seam hangs correctly but was very ordinary looking. So once I got this dress fitting well on the side seams, I tapered out the centre back seam so that it curves towards me and not away – with Mr V’s approval. Hey, Mr V smiled when I showed him the finished product.
So now I have a Winter and Summer dogtooth print dress. I can safely say the Winter work version was worn quite a bit and was comfortable in the office. I know this Summer version will be too.

Minerva Crafts have now sponsored me each month for a year. Vicky been really kind and supportive every time we've 'spoken' by email and in real life at the Minerva meetup. Thank you Minerva Crafts.

44 comments:

Lori said...

I love your dress, Maria, it is a perfect fit.

beajay said...

What a wonderful professional dress. Love it.

BMGM said...

What a gorgeous dress!

Vicki said...

Looks very smart!

Mrs. Smith said...

It's fantastic!!

Tomasa said...

Wow…beautiful dress. You look gorgeous! Love it! You did a great job tweaking the fit because it fits you beautifully.

Fabric Epiphanies said...

I love this on you, especially in black and white! I want one too! I really like the print as well but the black and white pops!

Velosewer said...

Thanks Lori. It's really easy to adjust as you know.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Beajay.

Velosewer said...

Oh thanks so much Grace.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Vicki.

Velosewer said...

I'm glad you like it.

Velosewer said...

Thanks. The tweaking was worth it.

Velosewer said...

I know this style would look great on you too.

Judie Loveday said...

Gorgeous dress! I'm sure it will get lots of wear. Can you please tell which lining fabric you used from Minerva? They seem to have quite a few.

Kirsty Bunfield (kbfield) said...

Maria, this is such a fab design and it looks great on you!

Star's Threads said...

Beautiful dress. Fits you perfectly.

Velosewer said...

Thank you Star!

Velosewer said...

I'm glad you like it Kirsty. Thanks.

Sheila said...

I am swooning over here... love it and it fits you to a tee.

Vanessa said...

Great dress. It is such a timeless piece and very classy.

KaSchu said...

Fabulous dress. The black and white houndstooth is so smart. I love it.

Allison C said...

Well you certainly nailed the fit, the dress looks amazing.

Sam said...

I'm not surprised Mr V smiled when he saw you in this, it looks fabulous on you. The fit is perfect!

Emma said...

Love the design and contrasting fabric. Looks fantastic on you!

Catherine Daze said...

Gorgeous! I really liked the test dress too, I tried to comment on that post but I think it got lost.

Velosewer said...

Hi Judy.
Here's the link to the lining
http://www.minervacrafts.com/stlin-60-wide-stretch-lining-dress-fabric-full-range-of-colours.html

It's also anti static so it won't ride up your body while you wear it.
Cheers.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Sheila. I know you'd look great in this pattern too.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Vanessa.

Velosewer said...

Houndstooth is such a classic print. Thanks KaShu.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Allison. I know you've made similar styles and look great in them.

Velosewer said...

He's a funny bloke. Thanks Sam.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Emma.

Velosewer said...

Thanks Catherine. They were both fun to create.

Carolyn Norman said...

Lovely, lovely dress!

Velosewer said...

Thanks Carolyn. I love making dresses for work.

Sharon said...

Very smart dress and love the dogtooth.

Jenny said...

Love both of your versions Maria! This isn't a pattern I'm familiar with but it suits you very well indeed :) Nice work on the houndstooth matching too- nailed it!!

Lizzy said...

Love this. Think it looks stunning on you. Fabulous work dress. Must make mine!

Velosewer said...

You'll look great in it.

Velosewer said...

I'm glad you like it Jenny. Thank you.

Velosewer said...

I love the contrast.

Teri said...

What a fantastic dress. I love how it looks on you.

Gail said...

That looks amazing Maria! I've been eyeing off this pattern, but have so many already.

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