Minerva make – Jumpin polka dots

After making a summer work wardrobe, I chose to go easy and enjoy celebrating summer with this top and pants. Actually, this is a jumpsuit McCalls 6083The fabrics including the interfacing are from Minerva Crafts UK. These were ordered before Christmas and arrived in Australia from the UK before New Year. You’ll find a few jumpsuits at Minerva.

Pretty plain looking on the hanger right? These fabrics washed nicely and were easy to work with. I used ‘Seams Great’ to stabilise the shoulder pleats. The pockets have swimwear elastic to give the gathers. 
You don’t need a super duper sewing machine to sew this successfully. Just a normal sewing machine will help you achieve this easy, breezy piece. Being knit fabrics, seams don’t need to be finished. These fabrics have been through the wash a few times now and the seams edges remain intact. This such an easy jumpsuit to wear.
Invisible snaps at the front will keep you in (and get you out) of this comfortable jumpsuit. The sleeve edges and back neckline are folded down once and zigzagged. I did use the coverstitch machine for the hems on the pants but you don’t need a coverstitch machine to finish the hems.
This was taken outside the Amory buildings in Sydney. Summer is coming to an end.
The kit from Minerva includes McCalls pattern 6083 (sizes 14-20), spotty jersey cotton knit fabric, plain jersey fabric and woven interfacing. This is the perfect project if you only have a sewing machine and aren’t confident sewing in a zipper.
You can see how flowing the pants fabric is. It’s gorgeous to sew with too.
This version has

– pleats at the shoulder line. Pleats suit the cotton knit used for the top.

– wide elastic at the waist. I added more seam allowance on the top and on the pants to do this without distorting the pattern.
– smaller arm holes. I raise the arm holes of the front and back bodices
– The base of the pocket bags have been cut off. The original pockets ended at mid-thigh level.

Wear it will a cute belt and flat shoes.
Or wear it will heels in a similar print. I decided to wear these heels and not the flat shoes.
When I took these indoor photos, it was a Friday night after a busy week and I was about to catch up with friends, so I wanted to feel comfortable but look sharp. I’d be happy to see you in this outfit too. Grab the kit and make your version today. Thank you Minerva Crafts.

And that’s my Sew Grateful project brought to you by Minerva Crafts!!

Sew grateful week 2014

Sew grateful hosted by Debi, is something I’m grateful for and we’re in Sew Grateful week now. I’ve bundled the first part of Sew Grateful week together today.

Giveaway Day 1

Giveaway Day. Host a giveaway on your blog or other social media platform to give something back to the sewing community.
Here are 3 giveaway patterns that I hope will be useful for someone, somewhere.

How does Friday 28 Feb sounds as a cut off date for anyone who wants to put their hat in the ring for these three free patterns. I’ll add some notions to this giveaway too.

Leave your comment below and I’ll announce the winner on the weekend.

Reflections Day –  Day 2

Reflections Day. This is the day to reflect on the role sewing has played in our lives, reflecting on those who have been supportive in our journey and reflecting on what the online community means to us!  What are you sew grateful for?
Our sewing/craft community is truly global so this is what I’m grateful for. Sewing has brought me lots of joy. These are the sewers I’ve met with since last Sew Grateful.

With Kyle and Kashi at Metro Fabrics

Finally met Shannon in Hawaii after so many years of ‘chatting’

Kristiann Boos (and Simon) of Victory Patterns came to Melbourne for a meetup

Grace met up with me for an afternoon in LAX


Kyle at her favourite place at Pacific Trimming


The Melbourne meet up arranged by TJ

Perth dinner with Penny, Jenny and Carolyn

An honour to have met Yoshimi

Amy, Emma and Kirsty chance meet up

Meeting sewers when I’m either at home or when I’m away have kept me sewing.

And I’m truly grateful for the pattern testing opportunities I’ve had the pleasure of doing. Collaborating on projects has been wonderful. 

Minerva Crafts UK (that’s you Vicki) have been very generous to me each month and I couldn’t have become a Sewing Blogger if I wasn’t part of our global sewing/craft world.

If I’ve been able to give back to you through these posts, that’s the other aspect that I’m most grateful for.

Share resources – Day 3

Sharing Resources Day. Share a free pattern, share some vintage sewing resources, share a tutorial or share some great sewing resource links!

Here are the tutorials that I hope you find useful.
Pants adjustments can be found here.
Sway back adjustment
Keeping your jacket’s shape for longer
Pad stitching
Speed marking

Sewing project day Day 4
Sew Grateful Sewing Project Day.  Showcase your latest sewing project. Whether it’s a project using up that pattern that was a present from someone or that you won in a giveaway or using a tutorial someone has prepared, or even a project inspired by someone in the sewing community… the possibilities are nearly endless!

I’ll post my sewing project up on Thursday, through the generosity of Minerva Crafts UK.

Giveaway winner

The first week of February was busy with Deb’s Sew Grateful week.

The giveaway patterns are now on their way by carrier pidgeon to jpluo. Congratulations.

What you can see above are the makings on the Enid shift dress. My attempt at making the pattern from scratch is in the background and I used the seam allowance guide to cut out the lining and the lace overlay.

This is dress is the basis for my second fearless project this month.

Thank you Melinda for the iphone suggestion on Melissa’s blog. I saw some ‘wetsuit’ fabric recently so I’ll give this armband a go. Melissa has lots of projects that she’s worked out and shared on her blog.

Sew Grateful giveaway

Here are the patterns I’m happy to giveaway as a job lot or separately.  Australia and New Zealand commenters only because of high postage costs.

KwikSew 2419 was bought to make leggings for a dance troupe about 15 years ago. Sizes 8 – 14.
Simplicity 7870 was meant as a basic for DN, but she grew faster than I could get around to using it. Sizes 8 – 14.

A funny thing happened when I ordered McCalls 3436. I ordered 2 copies so this is one of them. It has sizes 12 – 16.

They’ve all lived is a smoke free home with lots of laughter :))Leave your interest by 10 February.

This is my contribution to Deb’s Sew Grateful Week.