Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Minerva Blogger Network - The Swirly Smoke dress

I really love this dress - It's a great pattern, the Gather Mortmain in one of my favourite fabrics, cotton sateen.

Cotton sateen is great to work with - it's so easy to sew and that little bit of stretch makes it easy to get a great fit.  I got a swatch of a different sateen as part of the Minerva Swatch Club and decided to look at their range.  I picked this digital print as I love the colours - the swirls of purple and blue are mixed with a lovely bright turquoise.

I decided not to pattern match this exactly, but I lined up the turquoise lines in the print on the bodice and skirt which was an easy way to get continuation of the lines in the design.

This is my first Gather Kits pattern and it definitely won't be my last.  Other than adding 2" of bodice length and 2" to the skirt, I had no other alterations and it fit me perfectly! I made the sleeveless version.  I did take in around the waistband piece after it was constructed as it was a bit loose, and I may take in a little bit more at the waist after wearing.  But it is so comfortable and quick and easy to construct.  I didn't do the exposed back zip as I'm not a huge fan of them, so I replaced it with an invisible zip.

The box pleats on the skirt are really easy to do and look great.  The separate waistband piece is flattering and allows the fit to be adjusted quite easily.  I didn't have to curve the waist darts as I often have to.

If you want to make your own version, you can get a kit from Minerva here with fabric, an invisible zip and matching thread.


  1. Love that fabric. A flattering & pretty dress for summer...enjoy!!

  2. Fantastic fabric, this dress is beautiful.

  3. Gorgeous Jo, perfect shape of bodice for that print. I love working with cotton sateen too, it stays put, the machine loves it and it's very forgiving to fit!

    1. thanks fiona! sateen is great - i have to sew with it more!

  4. It's gorgeous Joanne and a great fit. Very encouraging for me as the Mortmain is my next pattern in line to be sewed! x

  5. This is so flattering on you, Jo. The fit, the style and the colours. Beautiful work x


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