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


  1. 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.


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


  3. 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).


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