Upmarket Myrtle

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For my July Minerva Crafts bloggers network project I have made another Myrtle by Colette Patterns. I love my first version. It was a dream to sew and lovely to wear.

I really fancied making one in a heavier weight material, something a little more up market. I love a classic blue and white combination so when I came across this on the Minerva website, I knew I had found my fabric.

Ivory/Navy Leaf Print Polyester Designer Dress Fabric at just £10.99 per metre!

Ivory/Navy Leaf Print Polyester Designer Dress Fabric at just £10.99 per metre!

It is of superb quality. It feels like a heavy crepe and it behaved beautifully. My overlocker loved it without having to make any adjustments to the tensions which always throws me a bit. It is quite heavy and has a real expensive look about it. There’s probably a limit to what you could use this giant print for but I can see it would be perfect for a shirt dress or a flowy skirt.

The Myrtle pattern is meant for a knit fabric but there are alternative instructions for using a woven fabric. I just used my noggin to vary the instructions where necessary.
I increased my seam allowances to my usual 1.5cm and added 2 inches to the length. My previous dress had come up a little short making me use a very minimal hem allowance.
I cut a bias strip to finish off the rear neckline and arm holes as you would traditionally with a woven fabric and it worked a treat.
The instructions to add the 1 inch elastic to the waist look confusing but followed to the letter work perfectly.Myrtle 3

And there we are. Perfect for a posh lunch, garden party or summer cocktails. I just wish I had any of those to attend!

Myrtle 4

I am going to have to go back and revisit the hem.

I hemmed it on my machine using that stitch that just catches a smidge of the fabric but it stands out a mile on the dark navy background. So I think I might revisit the navy sections and do those by hand. You can’t see it on these photos though so it’ll probably get left!

Myrtle 8

So I think I’ve pulled off an upmarket Myrtle. Do you agree?

Myrtle 9
Love, Lucie xx

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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. Indeed you have. Very smart and upmarket, especially with those killer red shoes.

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  2. Lovely lovely! I’ve recently acquired the Myrtle pattern plus some patterned jersey – I’ve been a little worried about starting it but you’re making it look easy 😉

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    • It’s fairly straight forward really. The instructions are very good. Just watch the minimal seam allowance, you may wish to allow for a little more. I found the shoulders ‘straps’ a little wide. I would reduce it next time.

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  3. Gorgeous!

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  4. stitchedupsam

    Wow, that looks fabulous! Definitely up market.

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  5. Lovely! You do suit that neckline so well, and I love the fabric you’ve chosen for this too 🙂

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  6. Very posh. The fabric looks very classy.

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  7. Fantastic dress – definitely upmarket!

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  8. The Queen of Cowls strikes again! 😉

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  9. Wow, amazing dress!

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  10. So more than pulled it off! Rocking it, especially with red heels! X

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  11. You look lovely in your new dress, it drapes beautifully and the hem looks fine.

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  12. Agree, it looks fabulous. Jo x

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  13. Ooh, lovely! I prefer this version, both the print and the fact that the heavier fabric seems to give the dress more shape, slightly A-line, which is great on you.

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