I am excited to announce that I have joined the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network! Every month I will be guest blogging a sewing make using a new fabric from their shop. For my first make with Minerva I chose this awesome tropical quilting cotton. I chose this fabric because it has such great dimension and detail in the drawing of the print. There are multicolored lines that make it look hand drawn and unique.
The fact that this is a “quilting cotton” shouldn’t scare you either. This quilting cotton works well for fashion; it has a stiffer hand-feel and doesn’t drape as well as other cotton fabrics but it presses really well and holds its shape. Plus it doesn’t wrinkle as easily as softer cottons.
The pattern I chose is McCall’s M7752 Create It! Pattern. This pattern comes with eight different top, bottom, and sleeve variations for you to choose from. It was hard for me to decide on the sleeve options the most. I took a poll on my Instagram story and asked if I should use the straps, the ruffled sleeves, or both. The consensus came out 50/50….
So I chose to use the straps only! Either way you can’t go wrong with this pattern. All that is required is an invisible zipper and boning. I chose not to use the boning, however, seeing as how the cotton fabric held its shape really well. The bodice is fully lined including the optional waistband.
What do you think? Did I make the right decision with the sleeve option?
To read more, check out my guest blog post at the Minerva Blogger Network
Stay tuned for more on quilting cottons…