Summer is my favourite season of the year. Being Brazilian mean having a wardrobe full of flirty and bright clothes. This summer I really wanted to sew papercut Midsummers’ Night Dream. A gorgeous flowing wrap dress with side front gathers, ties on the shoulders and a long waist tie. The fabric need to have fluidity and drape and still be cool enough for those hot days.
The pattern recommended either rayon or silk. In my opinion, choosing the right fabric to a pattern it’s half of the battle to get a great outfit. Of course the other important consideration it’s the right fit which this style looked easily customisable based on the ties.
My fabric choice was the Purple Floral Print 100% Viscose. It’s cool to the touch, has medium weight so it’s skim over lumps and bumps and has a lovely bright print. Rayon or viscose is created from a combination of natural and man-made components. It was the first man manufactured fibre even though it isn’t synthetic.
Because of its composition and production techniques it maintains its vibrant colours and same characteristics as cotton and linen, my favourite fabrics. It has a silky appearance and feel, and give the fabric the ability to breathe. If you are a vintage fan, probably know viscose was very popular on the 40‘s. It doesn’t build static or pill however it doesn’t stand the heat as well as cotton, so careful when pressing. As cotton and other natural, it does shrink so wash before sewing.
Let’s talk about this pattern.The pattern level is easy, or rookie as described by Katie. It’s very simple wrap dress without any complicated closures. The ties make it adjustable on the body, so I didn’t add any changes to the size “S” and fitted like a glove.
It was a delight to sew. I confess at first I didn’t knew where were the instructions until I cut the pattern pieces. Did I miss the extra booket? I did… I grown to like reading independent designers instructions. I’m not saying this pattern instructions weren’t good, they are simple to follow. There weren’t where I expected them to be, that’s all.
One thing that took a bit more time was to make all the self made bias. You can easily use ready made and thats why I asked that it was added to my ‘Blogging kit.’ Yes, now you can buy my fabric choice and notions here.
The thread used is a stretchy elasticated sewing thread ideal for sewing on knitted fabrics. The reason behind I picked instead of normal thread it’s because this give a bit more strength to the outfit as it stretches and behave like the fabric. The colour contrast looks very pretty as a decorative topstitch. My whole dress been overlocked inside and looks very neat.
Oh, did I mention with this pattern, there isn’t any risk of overspill? yes, I can pick that lucky penny from the floor in a windy day without risking of over exposure.
I love this dress so much and without a doubt, one of my favourite makes. You have seen me wearing on multiple parties. I need to make another one for sure. I really recommend that you have a go yourself!
I’m in love with papercut
designs and the packaging looks like designer one off. Amazing!
This is the first post from Minerva Blogging Network
, and I’m in great company. (See who else it’s with me
) Cannot wait to see what the girls have made. Every month, 8 of us will be sharing our favourite picks from Minerva Crafts and transforming into fun outfits.
Disclaimer: The fabric and thread was sent to me by Minerva Crafts part of the Blogging Network .
I don’t get paid to be part of the network.