My 2018 Minerva Makes

Wow! Minerva Crafts has been a big supporter during 2018! They’ve supported my #springsewingcolorseries, which of course is in the works for 2019. My holiday challenge #thelittlereddressproject and multiply reviews during the course of 2018.

It’s exciting to finally take the time to pull all my projects for Minerva Crafts into one blog post. If you are not familiar with Minerva, they are a UK haberdashery fabric/notion store. They have a blogger network and sponsor your project. At the end of the month, if you are part of the network you receive an email telling you what they have available for review. In the email, you will find craft, notion and fabric to choose from.

The accompanying Look Book will go live in a day or two.

McCalls M7719 Create It! Dress

This amazing fabric from Lady McElroy is a lovely crepe suiting dress fabric with just enough stretch to encourage a little room to move. I’ve never worked with Lady McElroy’s fabric before, on the computer it looked like quality fabric.

The feel of this fabric is outstanding, the flow and weight is definitely RTW! I swear when I held that fabric the first time I was in heaven. It’s so unlikely to get that sort of quality in fabric, it’s definitely worth your time and money!


Knowing that I wanted a classy and structured dress for this fabric, I opted for McCall’s Create it! M7719. It’s a lovely fitted lined dress, the pattern has bodice and skirt variations. Because you can mix and match pattern pieces, you get a lot of mileage from this pattern. Being the pretend Diva that I am, I choose the off the shoulder bodice and straight skirt for a more polished look. I kept my shoes neutral, not wanting to overkill the look and added a dainty necklace to complete the look.

Sew La Di Da French Gypsy Dress

For this project I found the Stripe and Spotty Print Polycotton in purple.
I really wanted to test my pattern matching skills, one my 2018 goal was to make a vintage style dress. So I was beyond happy to try this frock.


Sew La Di Da has quite the collection of amazing vintage pattern. With this being my first time using there pattern, I’m pretty happy with the outcome. As you can see, I did some slice and dice with the full circle skirt to incorporate the spotty print.

BurdaStyle 08/2018 Style 111B

I received the most beautiful fairy-tale blue Crepe fabric [Stretch Poly Spandex Crepe Soft Suiting Stretch Poly Spandex Crepe Soft Suiting Dress Fabric].

When I opened my package, many emotions where trying to come out as I handled the fabric, once I saw and felt it, all I could think about was rainbows, unicorns, clouds and cotton candy. It has of very high quality and RTW look and feel. If you’re like me, I appreciate great quality fabric for my projects.

The shape of the neckline is perfect; it fits nicely along the collarbone, gliding gently down the bust and torso. A major plus to this design is the fact that the only closure is the waist tie.

To be honest, I was a bit nervous about my fabric weigh, wondering and worrying that my pattern pairing was a total bust. But then I doubled up the fabric and thought about the front opening and neckline that would need interfacing. I knew it would work, the beautiful Duck Egg fabric held up well! Although a heavier weight fabric would be more structured. I’m totally satisfied with the results; trust me I’m doing a happy dance inside.

BurdaStyle 10/2018 Style 113

Next up is the oh so very resilient Ponte Roma Knit.  This was my holiday n post for Minerva. This dress really create a polished and classy look. I definably feel more mature with this dress.

Lighting was a major issues when taking these photos but overall I was satisfied with the image. It was also in the negative degrees, so I was not retaking those shots.

This is my second time using Ponte Roma Knit. I believe I’ve fallen head over heels for the fabric. My love for this fabric has a lot to do with structure and recovery. Lets not forgot soft hand of this fabric, which needs no lining if you’re in a pinch for time.

This is a sheath dress with pleats at the neckline and tucks at the waistline. It’s a timeless design but these unique details adds a lot of femininity to the piece. Had it not been -16 degrees F (-9 degrees C), I would have been holding a bright red clutch to breakup overall very of the ensemble.

It’s official, this was a match made in heaven. Both pattern and fabric worked nicely together. I’m extremely satisfied with the finished looked and should mention the dress is quite warm. Have a wonder holiday season!

My Christmas Magnolia by Deer & Doe

I braved the cold (21 degrees F aka -6 degrees C) in Wisconsin to get these pretty close to professional shots. The sun just began to set as we started the shoot, at the end you’ll see a photo less tinged with the yellowing hue of the sun. Spring is normally dress making season, but this is definitely festive dress season!

DEER AND DOE recently released the MAGNOLIA dress! Isn’t this dress a beauty? Well I’m saying it, it’s a beauty! I’m gushing over the full maxi skirt and thigh high slit, princess seam and subtle crossover (*cough deep) neckline. The elasticized long sleeved is a nice detail, also the back bow makes this a timeless dress.

This Floral Crepe Fabric has been dreaming for eons of living as the Magnolia, a bouquet of red and pink roses on a lush blanket of denim blue. The hand of this fabric is perfect for long flowing skirts, dresses and blouses. It’s a crepe with no stretch and 60 inches wide.

It’s an elegant design which will compliment all body types. One more thing, the project took a day to complete after cutting out the pattern pieces.

#thelittlereddressproject

And finally the red dress was my last make sponsored by Minerva. For full blog click here.

I hope you’ve been inspired and enjoyed my makes. Do visit The Twilight Stitcher on YouTube for full 360’s of these projects.

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