Thursday, 5 January 2017

A bright start

It's 2017 and I've welcomed the New Year with this bright floral Nicola dress by Victory patterns from Minerva Crafts UK.
I've been wanting to use this John Kaldor fabric for a while so I decided to pair this together with Nicola, hence a bright 2017 start.
blue/coral colourway
This is certainly a large floral and you know I love a John Kaldor when it's available. This blue/coral print is reorderable ie, it's always available as is the purple/orange version.
Purple/orange colourway
I chose the blue colourway to go with blue shoes or a blue jacket. To be honest, I just wanted see how this huge floral print would work on me. I'm so glad Minerva Crafts keeps these prints in stock.
This black floral version was the test dress.
I decided to use the size 10 for bust and waist but size 8 for the hips.

Pattern alterations
After the test version, I kept:
  • forward shoulder adjustment
  • shortened skirt
  • adjusted neckline to curve more.
  • shortened the bust darts by 2cm (gravity)
No sway back adjustment required
What I loved the best
No zipper required
Sleeve detailing
Summer styling
Lined skirt
Here's a closer look at the sleeve finish.
The skirt is fully lined and I wore this dress on a humid night without feeling the heat.
The skirt follows your shape but doesn't cling so I felt cool.

What I didn't like

Not applicable.
I decided to use snaps, a hook eye and a button as the closures making this pattern very simple to make.

This John Kaldor floral print is my day wear version. 


Above is the black evening version I made for the Day and Night dress challenge.
You can see here where I tweaked the sleeves a bit

This month's giveaway for Australian and New Zealand sewing peeps is the floral dress kit from Minerva Crafts UK.
You get this John Kaldor fabric, lining, thread, buttons, Victory Patterns Nicola dress pattern and enough Vliesaline H180 to interface your dress.

Leave a comment on the Minerva Crafts post for this month's make and I'll draw the winner out on Thursday 12 January.

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