Minerva make – Back in business

Winter is quietly coming to Sydney and I’m ready for the cooler weather with this ponte mix dress, courtesy of Minerva Crafts UK, with boots.
 But for now, let’s dress for the weather – Australia mild autumn:)

The Minerva kit has it all – Vogue 8923 pattern, fabrics and an invisible zipper. No need to search high and low to make this dress. 

Grab some tricot to line the dress if you like a smoother look.
I’m really pleased that I was able to line up the checks on the front panels. 

I had to cut each panel out one at a time.

Then I had to check the lines.
There was a bit of repinning for a lovely outcome.
This little number is lined with tricot and I’ve added a sleeve band using 3 rows of checks.
If that suits you, try it. It’s not a pattern piece but it’s easy enough to achieve.

A walking foot and a bit of strategic pinning as you sew helped me line up the checks and join lines at the back of this dress.

Look out winter at the work.
In the background is a glimpse of the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House.

Thanks again to Minerva Crafts for providing everything I needed to make this dress work:)
Thanks to Mr V for taking the city photos too.

Postscript: The McCalls Pattern Company recognised the work I did on this dress through my review on Pattern Review  #happydance

Vogue + ponte

This is a Vogue 8923 test version. It really is. 
The give-away clue is the belt.

I’ve placed the sewn in belt at the front because the panels ended up below my hips. A strange stopping point for someone with my height. So I had to cut into the existing pieces (removing 9cm) to have the colour blocks end at my high hip level. 3cm were later taken off the hem.

This dress didn’t need a back zipper but I’ve used the centre back seam for more shaping.

These are all stash ponte pieces that I thought would work together.

Yes. This is a work dress now.

I did a sway back adjustment on the back.
I also added a roll shoulder adjustment.

I’ve used the 3 thread coverstitch for the neckline, sleeve hem and belt detail.

Before I worked on the hem, I read Threads January 2014 issue and decided to practice hand sewing the hem – page 39 in ‘Sew a sheath dress’ article. I always find a technique or two in each issue, but the January issue had loads of techniques I’ve been working towards.

I’ve lined this dress with tricot knit so there’s no clinging to fuss about, or facings used. In case you’re wondering, only the body of the dress is lined and not the sleeves.

I’ll use the black ponte and houndstooth ponte to make the ‘real version‘ – courtesy of Minerva Crafts UK.
They’re a lovely store to work/sew with.

I think I might pop over for the meet up in June. 

Want to join me?