Minerva make – Chillin’

Welcome 2015 with a new John Kaldor dress from Minerva Crafts UK using Vogue 1344 for Summer. Yes. We’re in the middle of Summer and in Sydney it’s usually hot, humid but it’s also a month of celebrations and a loose dress that breathes is what gets me through this fabulous weather.

John Kaldor fabrics
Both fabrics have 55% linen and 45% cotton: navy/ivory and red/cream.
They washed nicely; kept their colour; ironed nicely and creased a bit. Good linen crushes so I expected this from these two fabrics. What I also expected was for these fabrics to be scratchy but they’re soft and they softened on washing them. It was lovely to iron this dress during construction because it made my sewing look impressive.

I expected good results from a John Kaldor fabric and I got it. Well I used John Kaldor lawn for my December make and the fabric and the dress were a Christmas success.

Vogue 1344
My Google image researchshowed this pattern was a Summer favourite and with the amount of eating in the lead up to the New Year, an easy dress was needed for the New Year.
The testdress showed up a couple of areas I needed to ‘tweak’.

I took out one of the front shoulder pleats. 

The front neckline was also shortened by 2cm so it didn’t fall open.
I added 2cm to the back shoulder line and took off 2cm from the front shoulder line.
The front overlay was a bit too heavy for me so I folded out the curve at the waistline.
I took out some of the skirt hem width but used the longest hem as it sits above my knees. Just right for me.
And I also decided to pleat the front overlay instead of adding more gathers to what was going to be a gathered waistline using the elastic.
So now I have an easy to wear dress for the Summer. My version is unlined. That’s another great aspect of using these John Kaldor fabrics for Summer.
It sits away from my body but keeps me cool.
This dress is so easy to wear and feels comfortable.
This has been an easy dress to make for 2015. And isn’t it always the way that once you’ve made a great dress using great fabric you kick yourself for not getting more of it? I used every piece of the navy/ivory print but have a bit of the red/cream print to use another day…

Wishing you all a great 2015.

Tech notes: Vogue 1344

The reviews for Vogue 1344 were pretty consistent so I knew what to change for my height ie short.

From Vogue’s sizing I made the 6 – even with my additional curves. I love a dress with an elastic for Summer:) This pattern is very forgiving.

I’ve used a bright lining print for this test version. 

The line drawing shows 4 pleats at the front and back shoulders. 
I felt the front pleat closest to my shoulders made a ‘side boob’ shape so I folded this pleat out of the real version.
The back shaping worked on me. There was no sway back issue to deal with because it’s got an elastic waistline. 
The versions I saw on the web looked great and because of my height I decided to also fold out the excess curve on the front skirt flounce. Pleats were my choice and not gathers for the front skirt flounce. The gathers form thought the elastic waist.

You’ll see the results of the two great John Kaldor prints – linen for Summer – I used from Minerva Crafts UK this week.