Sun-kissed Anneli

There’s always that mad rush to dress after a day at the beach and inevitably there’s a stop off for a quick bite to eat on the way home. This Named pattern Anneli double front dress is perfect for a quick dinner on the way home.

Ok so I don’t wear 4inch heels at the beach but doesn’t this double front dress look fab in heels?

This knit print has a great all-over print that works so well under the Australian sun.
It’s one of the Art Gallery fabrics sold by Minerva Crafts. The name is Swifting floral boho stretch jersey. It feels so soft.
I also was impressed by the packaging Named patterns provides.


The fabric washes well, dries fast and holds it colour every time.

I’ve now worn this a few times with friends since I made it in November.

I did a test version of this pattern with a stripe jersey.
I didn’t want to waste the boho print but I was curious to see how the double front would work on my bust. 

What you see above is my efforts to have similar prints on the shoulder finish and the front bodice. By the way, I’m enjoying using Prym’s scissors.

Testing this pattern gave me a practice run at the construction.

As you can see below I’ve also added a snap along the opening so that the front layer doesn’t open out too far as I’m walking or when there’s a gust of wind.

As you can see, the finish along the front vertical edge is very simply done.

I used the jersey fabric for the belt again.

There’s plenty of fabric at the back but not too much fabric so that it looks heavy.
This allows the dress to follow the shape of my sway back and I’m happy with this result.
The other thing I could do was use the width of the fabric to make this dress, so I have more jersey for another project adventure.
Now that I’ve made this a few times, it’s so easy to wear and is great for Summer. 

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Camo booty shorts

Shorts and tees are my go-to gear for getaways to hot climates.

These new camo Maritime shorts were my pick for this month’s Minerva Crafts project.

Grainline Maritime shorts work for me and this blue print has just the right mix of colours that I can pair with other clothes that I’ve made.

Can you tell?

I’ve used pale pink poplin for the pocket lining because I wanted to have something girlie about them.
I felt the back pockets needed to clash as much as the fabric print does so you can see the work on these pockets. 


No pattern matching was required.
I know these shorts work well because the grey shorts from my Minerva Crafts Summer travel set get worn a lot.

The details about these shorts are in the previous blog post here.
I have included a sway back adjustment and short centre front seam adjustment to the pattern so a size 6 with these adjustments works every time.
My convertible backpack bag using Sacotin patterns from last year’s project has been a workhorse travel piece too.
The Art Gallery fabrics wash so well as does this camo fabric.
Throw in the zip front jacket I made in a previous Minerva Crafts project and a couple of tops and I’m ready to hit the road for another travel adventure.

Now to plan my next travel adventure, once I earn enough leave.


Thanks again Minerva Crafts.
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Want to make your own espadrilles?

Giveaway time!

Are you interested to make you’re own espadrilles like mine?
Do you have a size 40 foot?
Where is this questioning going?

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If you’ve said yes to the first two questions and you live in either Australia or New Zealand, I have the full Prym espadrille kit available in size 40 on offer. 
Write your comment / wish on the review I did for Minerva Crafts.

The mail service for my Minerva Crafts UK commitment just arrived this week. It left the UK in September.

Vicki from Minerva Crafts UK send me a back up kit when the first kit didn’t arrive.
All the products I used for these Prym espadrilles are now available for this giveaway.

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If you want this kit leave your comments on the Minerva Crafts blog post here, by Friday 15 December and the lucky person will get their own Prym espadrille kit by Christmas.


This Prym espadrille kit includes:
Prym espadrille soles in size 40UK
Prym espadrille creative yarn in Blue
Prym espadrille iron on interfacing
Art Gallery fabrics (rosebud print and evergreen slate fabric) enough to make your own espadrilles.

I’ll pay the postage for the winner’s kit because I want lucky crafty person to have a go at making either own Prym espadrilles for Summer. Put your comment on my Minerva Crafts review post.

Be creative and try an espadrille style that suits your needs and style. 

Design and make your own espadrilles for Christmas either for yourself or as a gift.