Butterick 6351 perfected

This rayon from Minerva Crafts worked the best for Butterick 6351 jumpsuit. 

After making the test dress and jumpsuit versions with firmer fabrics, this rayon draped the best as you can see below.

See what I mean? This rayon has great draping qualities and looks flattering even from this angle!

The floral print was fun to work with when I was cutting out the pattern pieces and placing the pattern in a flattering way. 

When I pre-washed the fabric, it held its colour even in the Summer sun. There’s a slight gold colour on this fabric that shows up really well in real life.

As you can see, this kit came with some really lovely lining and contrast buttons for the back bodice.

The real beauty of this pattern – no zipper is required.

The pants front has two pleats at the waist. This photo shows there’s no odd print placement on the front pants.

As you can see, the print placement at the back worked well too.

Adding interfacing around the neckline is really all the work you need to reinforce the neckline for a clean finish.

The final front bodice has the V-neckline folded to suit my needs. I’ve also folded down the front shoulder seam for my forward shoulders. The front bust dart is 2cm shorter than the bust dart provided.

On the bodice back, I’ve taken out 2cm from the armhole. I’ve also raised the shoulder seam by 2cm, as part of the forward shoulder adjustment.

Above and the pants adjustments. Shortened length taken out at the knee and I’ve shortened the front centre front curve.

Part of the sewing process required a bit of accuracy so I used my Prym knitting and sewing gauge to get the stitching line right. This knit and sew gauge is easy to set and it doesn’t move until you’re ready to adjust it again. It has both cm and inch measurements, that I love because I work with both measurement.

I consider this a more ‘formal’ jumpsuit because of the fabric, the fit and the hem length.

This jumpsuit was perfect to wear at a family lunch. We do love our food.

This month for Aussie and Kiwi sewing bods, I’m giving away two prizes:
– the full kit including the pattern and
– just the pattern Butterick 6351. 

Let me know what you’d like to win by heading over the my blog post on Minerva Crafts website by Thursday 9 February.

I was really thrilled when Andrea received her prize kit last month and I’m looking forward to seeing who the lucky giveaway winners are this month.

Don’t forget that you still get 10% off any Prym product purchase using ‘maria’ discount code.

Espadrille winner

Jenny Brown has won the Prym espadrille kit from Minerva Crafts UK.

Your lucky number came up Jenny.
Now it’s a race between Australia Post and Santa to get this kit to you by Christmas!

Thanks to everyone who entered their name onto this month’s Minerva Crafts post.

There will be another Aussie/Kiwi Minerva Crafts UK giveaway in January and in February so keep an eye out.

By the way, if you’re on Instagram you will have already seen next month’s fabric on the clothesline with the sounds of Summer in the background.

23 December update: Jenny received her kit! Thanks Australia Post.

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?

Source: Prym.consumer on instagram

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.

Source: Prym.consumer on instagram

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.

What a free pair of specs?

Firmoo.com emailed me to try their glasses. So I chose to give you the opportunity to try their glasses as my prescription is complex. 

Firmoo.com is an online eyeglasses store that I’ve never heard of because I don’t shop for glasses online. I’ve only bought contact lenses online.

Firmoo.com to offer varieties of prescription eyewear in high quality yet at affordable prices.

You can read more about Firmoo.com from their website. Firmoo.com gives you a virtual ‘try on’ option.
What do I get from this giveaway? Nothing. It’s for you, if you’re interested.
There are two offers
One complete pair of prescription eyeglasses with free shipping to the US and Australia. The free pair covers one frame, 1.50 index single vision lens and free shipping fee. 
(All frames here http://www.firmoo.com/collection-for-bloggers.html are available to choose from)
What else is on offer?
Five pairs of glasses without free shipping (first time customer only). 
This offer covers the frame with 1.50 index single vision lenses. 
The winner need to pay the shipping depending on the country and handling fee. 
You’ll need to supply your PD measurement with your script. PD stands for Pupillary Distance, which is the distance between your pupils in millimeters
a. This giveaway is only open to US and Australia peeps. 
b. You need to comment on this giveaway post with the link to the glasses you like. 
And that’s it.
Have a look at their range if you’re interested in this giveaway. You have until Saturday 30 April to enter. I’ll announce the winners on Sunday 1 May. 
What my real order would cost
I did a dummy order on Firmoo.com for Australia and express shipping was $US12.95 within 5 to 7 days. The full cost for my order came to $US92. 
Locally my glasses easily costs 3 times this amount.
Have a look for yourself on Google for previous Firmoo.com reviews.