Call it Summer madness – #pineapples. Here’s the top/skirt pineapple combo I made last year.


Then Darn Cheap Fabrics put up pics of their pineapple print fabrics on IG. All I’m saying is their phone purchasing service is quick, just like their mailing service.

Here’s a simple romper – made in one day. McCalls 6362.

This pattern is designed for wovens and since this fabric has very little stretch, I made it without a zipper in the back but used lace elastic at the neckline and armholes. I’m rethinking this and about to add a zipper at the centre front neckline – in black of course.
I’ve used this as a go-to piece when the weather is hot/steamy and I’m lazying around the house. Well I don’t lazy too much when I can sew instead.

You know how they say ‘what you do on the first day of the year, you’ll do all year?” Well I cut and made this dress on NY Day – Vogue 8949.

I’m aiming to blend into the garden.

I originally used this dress pattern for my December Minerva Make and it’s such a great fit and my current fitted go-to dress for Summer – ‘now with sleeves’. Yes. It’s fully lined. 

The day I wore it is was great to wear but I felt a bit meh, so I added the zipper to the front right seam for a ‘bit of interest’ and raised the hem to just above the knees.

I keep the zip closed for work. 
Now I’m thinking of applying a longer zipper in the front skirt seam for an evening version. 

Uhm … I have enough of this print left to make another dress but this fabric is fairly firm (linen) so I’ll have to pattern dive and find something with interest.

Minerva make – Cocktails

It’s always party/cocktail time in the lead up to Christmas so a new party frock using a great John Kaldor print from Minerva Crafts and Vogue 8949 fits the bill.

‘Ta dah’ hands
 The party dress kit from Minerva Crafts includes the pattern, fabric, lining and zipper.
The John Kaldor fabric is soft with a slight sheen. It’s easy to sew and lovely to wear.
Vogue 8949 is lined and you can also interline the pattern pieces for a more couture finish.
I didn’t test this pattern. I did my pattern changes on the pattern tissue and then made this dress using 10 at the top and 12 on the waist and hips. The tech notes are here.

Construction challenge
While I was working on the skirt I have a kerfuffle moment with the centre front panel.
This was my sewing dilemma.
I made sure the centre front panel lined up with the bodice and waistband.
Sam made the dots line up beautifully on her posh frock earlier this year. She’s really clever.
Then I kept wondering what I could do about it.

And then the back dots lined up in a way but the pieces lined up perfectly.

The pieces lined up beautifully and I stressed about the dots.
And I stressed about the print. From the view of everyone non-sewer that has seen this dress, they loved this.
The sewn in peplum feature is really pretty.
My hems are always lower at the centre back.

So I wore this dress to dinner on the weekend and loved it. On a warm night, catching up with friends, this dress is a winner with our warm weather. I can’t hold a grudge when this dress feels lovely and fits so well.

As they say, “if it fits, wear it!” Enjoy the festive season everyone.

Tech notes – Vogue 8949

Later this week I’ll show you a John Kaldor fabric make from Minerva Crafts using Vogue 8949.

I’ve used View E with the side panels and sewn in peplum.
The nice thing about the bodice is it’s an easy one to adjust. 
On the front bodice I’ve lowered the shoulder seam and lowered the bust dart. 
My sizing is 10 at the bust and 12 at the waist.
On the back bodice I’ve used the higher shoulder seam (16) to counter the shortened front bodice shoulder seam. An easy roll shoulder adjustment because there’s no collar on this dress.

And I’ve taken out 2cm at the centre back seam for sway back shaping. 
I’ve done the same to the back skirt pieces and added 4 cm to the centre back hem.
Lining up the dots

It’s hard to source John Kaldor fabric locally yet it’s wonderful to sew and wear.

When I saw Sam’s posh frock (stunning) this year, I thought it would be nice to have a John Kaldor dress in my wardrobe too. Sam’s eye for detailing is stunning as is her posh frock.