Summer sewing

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Summer sewing

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!Β There is definitely some 60’s vibe going on here.Β 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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About lovelucie1

I cannot sit without something in my hands to sew, crochet, sketch etc. This becoming something of an addiction. In fact, I start to get twitchy if I am stationary somewhere, waiting for an appointment, waiting for my daughter, away with work, without some project to keep my hands busy. Minutes wasted make me anxious. This blog logs my progress to raise funds through my creations to feed my textile habbit.

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  1. Gorgeous fabric, love the last one. Start with the easiest and get a quick hit. Where are you going in Greece?

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  2. loobyloucreations

    I love the first dress! It is very mad men and will look lovely in the summer sunshine! ❀

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  3. Great patterns and fabric choices. I cant wait to see your finished products.

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  4. They’re all lovely! I’d start with the skirt as it looks the simplest with not so much fitting involved and work up to the second dress which looks a bit more complicated.

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  5. Oooooo! I love the last fabric best – it would make a great skort for my golf this summer!

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. I love the first dress – and the fabric. I dare you to make that little cape that goes over it πŸ˜‰

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  9. I can’t wait to see you work on these! I do love all the fabric choices and your patterns but I do love that vintage flair so I can’t wait for you to start on the shift with the cotton poplin.

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    • 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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  10. Ooh mega lush! They’re all fabulous. I like all the prints, but the last one is my favourite – I have a purple blue nail varnish that would match it perfectly!

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  11. Looking forward to seeing these made up. Love the fabric choices and I really like the skirt pattern can see myself adding that to my to do list !

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  12. Love the patterns and fabrics. Very summery and vibrant.

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  13. Jo Three Stories High

    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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  14. The first dress and the second fabric are my favourites but I like them all. Can’t wait to see the finished articles πŸ™‚

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  15. 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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