Blogger Network #4 – Minerva Crafts Meet-Up Outfit Reveal – Liberty Print Party Dress!

simplicity 6243 liberty print dressSo here it is, my finished Minerva Crafts Meet-Up party dress! Did you come to the Meet-Up on Saturday? It was such a fun day and it was so exciting to see all the other bloggers reveal their evening outfits at dinner. You might’ve caught some of the ‘Big Reveal’ photos on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram over the weekend.

The dress I made for the evening used the New Look 6243 dress pattern; I chose to make view C, which has a fitted, panelled bodice, a flared skirt and wide straps. My fabric choice was aΒ lovely big piece of Liberty lawn in a red/blue floral print – you can find the exact same fabric over on the Minerva Crafts site here. As soon as I found out thatΒ we had to make a dress for this June evening get-together I just knew I had to make something fit for a summer garden party. I think this fits the bill perfectly, no? It’d also look great at a summer wedding!

liberty party dress simplicity 6243

The New Look/Simplicity 6243 pattern itself is the most complicated thing I think I’ve ever made, so I’m very proud of the end result. The dress has several bodice panels, a lining and an invisible zipper so patience really was key as I sewed it together. As I’ve mentioned previously, getting the fit right is something I often struggle with, so I made sure to measure and pin and measure and pin constantly as I stitched the parts of the dress together. Even then I’ve still ended up with a bit too much fabric in the front so I have to be sure to sit up straight! My major bug-bear is that I didn’t measure the straps accurately enough so, once complete, they were about an inch too long and kept falling off my shoulders! A quick pattern hack later (read: I folded the straps under a bit and stitched them to the lining where you can’t see) and the dress was ready to wear. Pretty much.

liberty print dress simplicity 6243

I hope you love my Meet-Up dress as much as I do – I can’t wait to wear it again! Did you get yourself over to the Minerva Crafts centre on Saturday? I’d love to see your pictures and hear your thoughts on the day if you were there!


27 thoughts on “Blogger Network #4 – Minerva Crafts Meet-Up Outfit Reveal – Liberty Print Party Dress!

  1. Arrr, you look lovely in you new dress, pretty as a picture, and so slim and young! What a terrific job you made of it, I like the red zip detail, looks very professional and beautifully made. Well done you, and thanks for letting us in on your sewing…
    Best wishes,


  2. that is a woderful dress and suits you so well! well done! πŸ™‚ i really anjoy seeing all the garments you sew so beautifully, I hope to learn to make more clothes as time goes on πŸ™‚ your posts really help inspire me! jenny xx


    • thank you! I’m both surprised and proud by how it turned out haha. And I’m so happy that I inspire you – my best advice is just to keep practising – I learn new skills every time I make something πŸ™‚


  3. Your dress looks lovely πŸ™‚ I had the exact same problems with the straps and the front bodice gaping a bit, but as you say it’s fine as long as you sit up straight πŸ™‚


    • thank you! at least I know for next time that I need to pay more attention to the front – this was a good learning curve! thanks for your comment πŸ™‚


  4. This is beautiful! I love the fabric, and the design of this dress is so simple but so lovely. I love that you used a bright red zip – it looks very snazzy peeping out at the back. I might just have to try this pattern… one day when I have more time to sew!


  5. Beautiful! I love the flare of the skirt in particular – this dress suits you so well! I’ve never used any Liberty fabric & so I am very impressed you managed to cut it up (I’d be too scared!) – it really is the perfect match for this dress!


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