Hey guys, here’s my latest project, a cute vintage inspired tea dress in a super swishy microfibre fabric. It’s really lightweight, cold to the touch, and really comfortable to wear.
The pattern is totally versatile too, it would look great in a heavier fabric, or in a twirly lightweight cotton It was so easy to sew and I really recommend it for beginners, as it’s a great way to expand your skills, with a few extra details, setting in the sleeves (no gathering required), and a few buttonholes, plus a little back tie and a Peter Pan collar that looks so cute on a little one.
You can find all the details on the Minerva website, where I’ve uploaded details as to how to sew the front and match the pattern so that you get a great pattern match across the front closure.
This dress has a little bit of gathering around the waist, to make the skirt lovely and twirly, which little of course little girls just love, and it’s a great pattern if you want to get a little bit creative for the spring. I sometimes find the range of fabrics available at minerva a little restrictive as I love bold, quirky prints, but this fabric was affordable and just suited the pattern so well. You could also use a lovely needlecord or gingham to make this dress, or even a microfleece for chillier days. I was originally going to make this dress in a tartan, which would be just perfect for February, but you know me, I love quilting fabrics, so if that’s your bag, hop on over to Frumble and check out their mad prints.
I also love the idea of changing the bodice to a different fabric, and doing the rest in a bold print. I think chambray would be perfect for this, with something crazy for the collar and skirt. There are no limits to your creativity!
Oh, and by the way, I know “You can see from the cover that there’s a few variations you can make, including sleeveless option or making it sleeveless” isn’t the best description, but you know what I mean! Haha.