Thursday, 20 April 2017

Minerva Spring Greens

Ooh! refreshing. This month my Minerva make looks forward to warmer climes. I have chosen a batik fabric to try this awesome vintage pattern: Style 3172. A wrap dress with buttons and a midriff band  which comes with sleeve options. I am making Sleeveless View C

The pattern is unscathed and had never been cut out so it felt a real treat, like a paper time capsule, although I do like the used ones with little notes from ladies gone by. 

This pattern had the potential to be well fitting. I have used patterns with this midriff feature before and I can adjust the body length easily without losing shape. I made a muslin from curtain lining for this one because I wanted to check that the front would not gape. 

It is not pretty obviously but I found out something crucial. The Centre Front line stayed beautifully central on my chest then gradually pulled to the (photo) right to accommodate my backside. To remedy this I added some width to the skirt pieces at the hip. I also took a slither off the outer shoulder/armhole and added a second dart to get better bust shaping rather than two flappy wings by my upper arms. 

This fabric has the amazing ability to make a curve due to the crinkled nature of it. I added a second dart and then ironed the bust out which gave a perfect breast shape as the fabric eased out of its wrinkles.

I cut out the pattern from the fabric which does have irregularities in it due to the hand printed nature of the design so I didn't worry too much about pattern matching. Bloke said, 'What are you making with that sprout fabric?' amusing...helped me with my post title...anyway...


Ta Dah! My friend bought me the necklace for Christmas and the the bracelet for my birthday in January because I liked it so much. A perfect combo I think.

There are some nice vintage features inside. Wide facings with a binding finish and large arm facings which help the sleeve edges stay neat.

A very on trend colour to be making a dress out of, I believe. 

Thank you for popping in. Jo xxx


  1. I simply love this. Perfection. Great shape on you and your fabric choice is inspired.

  2. I love this fabric Jo, just my kind of fabric. The dress is awesome and you are awesome, too. I need to try something more fitted, I am a bit scared of fitted because of my body.

  3. Such a pretty fabric and it's so lovely to see a vintage pattern used with a fresh and contemporary print.

  4. Really lovely dress, the pattern looks great and it fits you so well, great fabric too.

  5. Just catching up. My favourite colour is green so for once I am on trend. Love the gorgeous fabric, your husbands comments made me smile. Always a pleasure to visit.

  6. Good Afternoon Jo, Cheeky husband.... sprout material indeed... he sounds a little like my husband, full of fun.
    I love the cut of the dress and the button detailing is lovely. It fits you beautifully.
    A perfect summer dress for you to wear when the warmer weather arrives.
    Best Wishes

  7. What a lovely fit and another great garment for your wardrobe. Nice summer holiday needed to wear it on I think. xx

  8. A lovely dress and lovely colour! You are very clever at the fitting part Jo and it is great to make it just right!
    Helen xox

  9. Thanks for explaining your process in fitting your pretty green dress so beautifully, Jo, and I agree that the jewelry your friend gave you compliments the outfit...not that I think you need my approval, mind
    you :) xx