Minerva Early Springtime Floral Dress

Hello Minerva Friends! It’s Tea! I’m here to share another wonderful Minerva Make that I made with this lovely Lady McElroy Stretch Cotton Poplin fabric. As far as cotton fabrics, this is one of the best cotton fabrics I’ve had the pleasure of working with. It has a soft hand and smooth texture.

I was surprised to find that this cotton does not wrinkle as most cottons do. Also, I love the fact that this poplin cotton is drapey! I’ve never seen or handled a cotton poplin as drapey as this fabric. I’m impressed.
Lastly, it’s light in weight and easy to sew! A perfect starter fabric for beginners! The fabric is pink and magenta with hints of orange and teal hues. A perfect floral print for spring and summer.

It took me a few days to select a pattern and style. Initially, I wanted to make a shirt dress; however, I decided to make an out-of-print pattern designed by Khaliah Ali, which Simplicity 2232. The pattern comes with four variations including two views of a fit and flare dress, a jacket/top, and a pair of elasticated trousers. I decided to make view A, the sleeves dress. In hindsight, I would have made the version with sleeves being as though I made this dress during the winter/spring months.

The pattern comes in cup sizes B, C, D & DD. I found this helpful and was able to get the perfect fit! The pattern also features princess seams on the bodice front and side front, four skirt panels, two tabs that are placed on the back bodice near the seam of the skirt and bodice, and an oversized pocket that is to be placed on the front of the dress. I omitted the pockets though.

Lastly, the pattern calls for nine 5/8″ buttons. The fabric choice with this pattern made the project easy and simple and I enjoyed working with both the fabric and the pattern.

Overall, this project was fast and easy and didn’t require much in the way of time or notions.

I used a needle designed for light – medium weight cotton fabrics, thread, and nine buttons. Although this fabric doesn’t fray much, I used my server to increase the longevity of the garment; however this was not needed.

Well that’s my complete review of the Lady McElroy Stretch Cotton Poplin Fabric and the Simplicity 2232 pattern by Kahliah Ali.
I hope you enjoyed the review. Please comment and let me know your thoughts. Thank you for stopping by and reading my post. Until next time, stay creative! Tea

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