Magnolia Maxi Dress

Hello,

As you might know, I am part of the Minerva Makers and it has been a pleasure to work with such a lovely team for the last couple of years.

Today, I would like to share with you their brand new website/shop that is so much more than a regular shop. It is a place to get inspired and meet new makers. Of course the pretty fabrics and craft supplies are there for you. So, do have a look!

You can find the link here 😊

Once you’re there, you might as well have a look at the beautiful dress I made (I am not going to be modest here) using an absolutely gorgeous Lady McElroy Linen Viscose.

See for yourself 😊

Hope you like it as much as I do.

Happy sewing,

Maria x


Another Summer Dress and Pretty Sleeves

Hello, hope you are all having a lovely summer.

I have not been sewing much but still have plans to make a few more dresses that I hope will work well for early Autumn paired with a cardigan or a blazer.

The dress I will be sharing today was planned a few months ago, before the pandemic hit us all. At one point I almost did not make it but, in the end, I am glad I did. Also, paired with a blazer, I believe it will work wonderfully when the weather starts to cool down.

_MG_1900_MG_1908

The pattern is theMcCall’s Sasha or M8036 in size 8 for bust and graded to size 10 at the waist/hip. This is a normal adjustment that I have to make for most of my makes. It is just one size however, it does make all difference and it looks so much better. Even more important, it feels so much better.

_MG_1902

This pattern offers three skirt options, two sleeves and three closure options. I made version B with A/C sleeves. The changes I made were minimal if we can even call it changes. I used, a hook and eye for the inside closure instead of two ribbons because I didn’t want to be noticeable from the outside (I was afraid the ribbons would add some volume) and I made the hem slightly shorter than mentioned in the instructions, just out of personal preference.

_MG_1953

I like Wrap Dresses as I think it suits my body type well and I like statement sleeves so, for that reason, this dress went right to my “I have to make it” list. I also quite like version C with option B sleeves… I guess another version should be considered.

_MG_1906

I really like how this pattern works with different fabrics and I have seen some really pretty versions. However, I wanted the pattern details to stand out so I chose a plain fabric with some structure. The fabric is linen from The Fabric Store in Duck Egg colour and I really adore this shade. The linen worked quite well with the pattern and I truly like how it turned out.

_MG_1923_MG_1920

Wish you all a wonderful weekend.

Maria x


A Summer outfit for F

F is in need of some Summer clothes as most of hers from last year don’t fit anymore and therefor, will be used by M. On the other hand, I know that if I have coordinated outfits for the girls, those will get more wear. So, for this Sew Crafty Design Team Project, I used some fabrics that I love and know it will easily coordinate with M’s outfits.

IMG_3392.1

I’ve been wanting to make the Laurel Blouse by Jilly Atlanta for some time now and Sew Crafty has this gorgeous dobby cotton lawn and, as you most likely already know, it’s one of my favourite fabrics.

IMG_3376.1

According to F’s chest measurements, I made a size 6 but added some length as her height fits in a size 7 and the fit is just right.

IMG_3378.1

The fabric is not as light as some dobby cotton I’ve worked with, but still lightweight and nice to work with.

IMG_3391.1

The pattern has the option for lined yoke or finishing with bias and I opted for a lined yoke as I prefer the way it looks. Just realised, looking at the photos, that I need to redo the front yoke lining. It is not laying right and it is bothering me… my fault!

IMG_3380.1

To complete the outfit, I made the Graphite Shorts by Made by Toya using Essex Linen from Robert Kaufman and I do wish I had a pair of shorts like this for myself!

IMG_3405.1

Like the previous ones I’ve made her, these ones are a size 7 without alterations. She really loves these shorts and asked me to make some more. She definitely feels very comfortable wearing them. Can’t blame her!

IMG_3396.1IMG_3400.1

The fabric is a mixture of linen and cotton, was very good to work with and we’re both very pleased with how it turned out. I honestly find it perfect for summer projects.

IMG_3404.1

I’m sure she will want to wear this outfit a lot! She already asked if she can take it to school in the next non-uniform day. 😊