When travelling, how do you decide what to take with you? For us, we start with a hero piece or theme and then build around it. For Lauren’s trip to Europe in the depths of winter, the hero was always going to be the jacket—a magenta wool coat made from a Burda pattern. From there, we decided the base colour would be black, so all the shoes she took would match everything, paired with black tights and a black handbag. The base garments were decided as a pair of black pants and a skirt, and now the fun part: how to add some colour (that complements the jacket) and prints!
Fabric: Woven Stretch Cotton Sateen Fabric
Now, enter this geometric Woven Stretch Cotton Sateen Fabric from Minerva. We were looking for a fabric that had some weight to it, and as you know, we love a cotton sateen due to its lovely finish and the inclusion of some elastane for a small amount of stretch. This cotton sateen is made up of 95% Cotton, 5% Elastane, which was perfect. See more about this fabric on the Minerva website here.
Pattern: Simplicity 8733
The pattern we chose was Simplicity 8733 because of the simple bodice line that would not break up the geometric print of the fabric and the dramatic bishop sleeve.
Growing up in the Australian landscape, it was difficult not to imagine little gum nut babies calling the eucalyptus home. This is the work of the stunning stories and illustrations by Cecilia May Gibbs MBE. She is best known for the book Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, which was published in 1918. Born in Kent, United Kingdom May Gibbs made her way to Australia in 1881 and called it home until she died in 1969 in Sydney. The legacy of her work lives on through her artwork and, recently, in printed textiles. The May Gibbs team approached us with the opportunity to create something with their lovely printed fabric we jumped at the chance.
Fabric: May Gibbs Gum Blossom Babies Organic Homespun Cotton
We got to choose from a selection from the May Gibbs collection, and we chose the Gum Blossom Babies Organic Homespun Cotton. The fabric is 100% cotton and 112cm wide.
The Gum Blossom Babies are shy little girls that can be found clustered together on the tops of the trees. The tender-hearted Blossoms, like the Nuts, love all the Bush Folk and take much interest in the goings on around them. They enjoy sitting with the Nuts to hear stories of great adventures and things unknown.
Pattern: Simplicity 9744
For our pattern selection, we wanted to pick a pattern with large pattern pieces and not too many pieces that would break up the fabric print. A new release of Simplicity patterns came out in Australia, and we saw this Simplicity 9744, and we knew it was the one.
This shirt dress has a half-button placket at the front with a spread collar. The bodice is all in one and features an inverted box pleats. We chose to create view A (without the tie detail) with a raglan sleeve that finishes above the elbow.
Photographer: James Christie Media Pattern: Simplicity 9744 Fabric: May Gibbs Gum Blossom Babies Organic Homespun Cotton gifted by May Gibbs Official. This fabric is available through Spotlight Stores.
The new Velvet Stretch Knit fabrics come in all our favourite Minerva Exclusive Prints. We are slowly making our way through all of the wonderful Minerva Exclusive Prints in the different fabric types. This one is the floral Resort Print! It has so many wonderful colours, with the greens, pink, yellow, red and blue all standing out against the black background. See more about the fabric here.
Pattern: Simplicity 9175
We made Simplicity 9175 view A, with the long sleeves (without the slits in the arms) and pareo wrap across the front of the skirt. In the last year we have started making more knit garments. The wonderful thing about knit fabrics is that they can mostly be sewn on four thread overlocker. For this dress, we did a combination of machine and overclocking. Find your copy on Minerva here.
We ‘bagged out’ the skirt panel first, stitching the edge of the skirt piece and hem with ride sides together. Then turned to the right side and stitched onto the waistband (consistent with the instructions when you aren’t lining the skirt), then stitched both into the side seams. Otherwise the construction of the dress remains the same. There is more bulk in the side seam which includes the skirt seam – to address this we stitched on the machine first, then cut back the seam allowances before overlocking