Midsummers’ Night Dream Dress & Blogging Network

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
don’t get paid to be part of the network.

  • I love this dress Rachel – great match of fabric and pattern! And you look amazing, as usual! x

  • I’ve seen you in this dress and it looks amazing on you! I might just have to buy your kit an make myself one 🙂

  • Cute dress Rachel – perfect for these hot summer days (& evenings too).
    And big congrats re: the blogger network too :)!

  • beautiful dress! love the fabric you picked.

  • Gorgeous dress and you used the perfect fabric.

  • So pretty on you! Love the fabric and pattern

  • Couldn’t agree more on the importance of picking the right fabric for a pattern… Such a gorgeous dress!! Helped by fabulous fabric – such great colours and patterns 🙂

  • Very pretty – I bet it’s great for summer parties.

  • Gorgeous! You’ve been tempting us with sneaky-peeks of this dress for a while, so I’m really happy to see the whole thing! It’s so pretty!

  • I knew you would totally rock this dress! Looking fabulous and beautiful dress. I love the Papercut patterns, gorgeous designs and great packaging

  • Gorgeous, love the fabric!

  • Fab dress and fab news on the Minerva sewing/blogging network!

  • This is so gorgeous…. really the PERFECT fabric + pattern marraige. That rayon is killer – I have a hard time finding cool prints and it’s my favourite fabric. Good on y’all for the Minerva blogging network – so smart for these companies to take advantage of all this amazing sewing talent! Now our European crew doesn’t have to be so jealous of the Mood offerings anymore!

  • The dress is beautiful! I love seeing these sewing networks pop up around the web. It’s such a great idea for stores to reach out to the communities that are using their products! I especially like that Minerva is putting together kits for the projects its bloggers are sewing! EXCELLENT idea.

  • Beautiful, Rachel! You should sew a closet full of these dresses!

  • it looks lovely!

  • This dress is gorgeous, love the fabric and style. Fantastic job as usual.

  • Wow the fabric is absolutely gorgeous and you definitely look like the hot weather suits you! It looks like you have a wonderful finish on your dress – well done!!

  • It’s beautiful! You look amazing, girl!

  • Oh no, now you’ve added another pattern to my list! I love how you tied it at the back and it looks great in a print. I’m a big Papercut fan but never really looked at this pattern, now it’s on my wish list! 😉

  • Wow its fab. So flattering. I’ve really got to try this pattern now. You really suit bright flirty summery fabrics, that’s for sure.

  • So beautiful! Love the splattered paint look with the giant floral print! Must get this pattern 🙂

  • Amazing! You look fabulous! I have that pattern in my stash for some time but I hadn’t found the perfect fabric yet… now I found the perfect one! Thank you!

  • Perfect summer dress, love it!

  • Great Brazilian flair…

  • I love that dress! You´re Brazilian and I’m Spanish, so I think we have many things in common … As is it called? Oh, yeah! Blood Hot! hehe. Love strong and bright colors, they are so beautiful … ​​that dress did Pop in my heart!

  • Gosh Rachel the more I see Papercut patterns made up, the more I like them. I find the styling in the sample images hard to translate onto a grown up woman! hehee. I LOVE this and what a great eye you have, that fabric is so beautiful and beautiful on you!

  • Absolutely beautiful!

  • Rachel, you look great! And that thread looks very familiar. I think I have my own that was sent to me by a very special blogger/sewer 🙂

  • Gorgeous, you definitely suit the bright colourful fabrics 🙂

  • That’s a very beautiful dress! I like the self-bias too. Your dress really makes this pattern look like a great one to sew. And there’s no danger of overspill? Wow awesome!

    Your style of flirty bright clothes is perfect for where I live too – tropical Australia 🙂

  • This is so pretty!! That fabric is gorgeous and you look great in wrap dresses!!

    Also, congratulations on your Minerva Craft gig!! They picked some awesome ladies!

  • Love this fabric, the dress looks great.

  • This is definitely one of my favourite makes of yours!! I’ve pinned this pattern, thanks to your inspiration! And how cool is it that you have a little package with your name on it in the shop now! ^_^

  • Oh yay, I’ve been hoping to see this dress made up, after you’d shown us sneaky peeks of it! 🙂 It’s gorgeous – love that fabric and colour on you. (I’m gonna have to make a Midsummer Nights Dream for our summer, I think – it looks great!)

  • Such beautiful pictures of you, Rachel. Love this dress too, perfect for summer and so chic yet looks comfortable and relaxed. Love it!