Enjoying colour again

A lovely Cynthia Rowley pattern; a hint of John Kaldor crinkle satin; all added a spot of colour with my Minerva Crafts project this month.

I chose this pattern because it’s a set of versatile patterns in one purchase and the reviews for the top have been positive. I love both pieces.

The other thing I like about this set of patterns is whether I have shape or not, this style will create shape for me.

Finding fabric on the Minerva Crafts website is always distracting. There are lots of prints and plains to choose from and new fabrics just keep popping up all the time. I end up ignoring the housework when I’m planning my next projects because it’s so easy to trawl through their range.


This print comes in a black colourway as well and I just happened to be checking out the different colourway of their print ranges and was awed by this print.
John Kaldor OrientalFloral Crinkle Satin dress fabric

Rosaline 3505 Red

In real life, this print is much more stunning but the colours are just as strong as they appear on the Minerva Crafts website.

Soft ponteroma jersey stretch for the pants

MVPC30 Black

The pants

If you’ve made leggings before the pants are basic except there’s a zipper along the centre back seam. This zipper is quite handy when you have a ponte with very little stretch like this one. This ponte is not activewear. It’s daywear so the zipper is a great feature.

The exposed zipper instructions in Simplicity 1104 were dead set accurate so I was thrilled with the results. What you see here is a closer view of the back with room for my ‘shape’.

The pants on this pattern end above the ankle. It’s now Winter here so I’ve kept the leg length at the ankle.

The top
This is the true feature of this pattern.

I did a mock up to finalise the shaping for this top using a cotton print. The beauty of this pattern is its colour and print.

What you can see above is a few shots I took of this print so I could get the print placement right.

I spent a quite evening at home tracing out the final front piece so the front pattern is one piece and not on the fold.

Above is a close up of the print on the front.

And the back view below.

I followed the back print so the dark leaves were on my back waistline.


I used a cotton fabric for the underlayer because this John Kaldor is a crinkle fabric which means it can lose shape so this top now has a firm lining. The under fabric will also make sure any Summer sweat is kept off the outer fabric.

The blue markings were also handy on the main fabric too.

You can just see the blue markings from the tracing paper.

Awesome pattern and I’ve really enjoyed working with this print – it’s stunning.

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