Summer sewing

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I’ve been planning my next batch of posts for Minerva Crafts.

This is quite one of my favourite parts of contributing to the Minerva Bloggers Network, perusing through their extensive website and narrowing down my choices.

I like to choose something I’m definitely going to wear, find a use for or gift to someone else.

I also have to choose something I know I can pull off successfully! There couldn’t be anything more humiliating (well for me, anyway) than admitting defeat when Minerva have provided all the materials for the project.

However my confidence has been growing of late. This Friday you’ll see my post about an actual dress! One I’m rather proud of.

Here’s a sneaky peak.
2. Burda syle Cowl Dress 102012

So it was with renewed vigour that I chose my next three makes for Minerva.

Yesterday we booked our summer holiday to Greece (yay!) so these have definitely been chosen with the sunshine in mind.

The first, a 60’s shift.

Burda ladies sewing pattern 7113 vintage style 60s dress
Burda ladies sewing pattern 7113 vintage style 60s dress

I’ve been wanting to make a shift for a while now. But I get lost in straight up and down; I need some structure. I saw this from the Thewallinna and other creatures blog and liked it because of the shaping under the bust.

Thewallinna yellow shift
Thewallinna yellow shift

This is my fabric. (click on the image for a link)

Green retro swirl print poplin
Green retro swirl print poplin

Yikes, it’ll be bright! There is definitely some 60’s vibe going on here. It is a cotton poplin and I’m not sure whether the fabric will be heavy enough for what I have in mind so I’ve ordered some lining fabric too. I might also invest in a covered belt for this one.

Second comes a mini skirt.

Newlook 6106
Newlook 6106

I’ll make View A, the short one with pockets. I’ve chosen this lovely stretch cotton.

Blue and green marrakesh large floral print stretch cotton.
Blue and green marrakesh large floral print stretch cotton.

Doesn’t it look fresh? With a cotton vest in any of these colours I shall look as fresh as a daisy! (Hmmmm)

And finally another dress. This one has more shaping, more like what I usually wear to go out in.

Burda ladies easy sewing pattern 7557 empire line dress
Burda ladies easy sewing pattern 7557 empire line dress

I’m planning on making view B, again in a stretch cotton but with a sheen in it.

Wild & Wacky Animal Print Jardin Stretch Cotton Sateen Dress Fabric
Wild & Wacky Animal Print Jardin Stretch Cotton Sateen Dress Fabric

You’ll see me coming in this! I’ve seen the most perfect pair of purply blue shoes……….

I can’t wait to receive my parcel. I’m always a little nervous to see whether the feel, weight and pattern of the fabric is what I had envisaged.

Which one is your favourite? And which one should I start with first?

Love, Lucie x

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  1. oh, they all look smart! I think my favorite will be the skirt – I love the soft floral blues. And it is a great classic pattern. Can’t wait to read the posts about it!

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  2. Hard to choose because I actually like them all, but I think my favourite fabric has to be the last one as it’s soooo colourful. I’ve already chosen my next batch of stuff from Minerva and I’ve still got March and April posts to do yet:)

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    1. I wasn’t a great fan of vintage. I’m not mad on full skirts. However, there is of course a whole era of fitted, structured garments for me to turn to for inspiration. I can’t wait to see this fabric.

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  3. Love your classic pattern choices. Watch Burda patterns, they are for tall german women! and having met you you will probably need to shorten the dresses so that you don’t lose shape. I took a whopping 4 inches off the length of my jeans from a burda pattern. Love the last fabric. Jo x

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  4. Eeeee! What exciting projects! I’m itching to make some of my own clothes but I feel a bit intimidated and don’t know where to start! I might have to tiptoe into a project soon though, I keep buying fabric saying “This would make a lovely dress!” Then it just gets added to my stash!

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