An Accidental Minion Dress

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This pretty much sums up my face when I realised that my well – thought out blue Sunday Set by Cotton and Chalk actually looks like a Minion outfit with thanks to my yellow top-stitching!

I had some blue denim coloured chambray, which I intended to use for a shirt for my brother, I wasn’t getting round to it so I promptly began using it for something for myself (selfish, I know, please don’t judge me!) I have used View A of the Cotton and Chalk dungaree design pattern.

As I was using a plain fabric I wanted to jazz it up a bit; there’s lots of top stitching on this one and it needed buttons so I thought to use colour for this would be perfect. I originally intended to do this in pink but as I had a yellow zip, I had a quick change of heart. As I was making it, I was thinking, this looks AMAZING! Now it’s made, I feel like it does look slightly minion-esque… Though I am pleased with the construction and I still definitely intend to wear it with pride!

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I made no changes to the pattern at all, even the straps were a perfect fit. I practised some very neat yellow top-stitching. (Go me!)

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Inserted the zip, which was pretty much the first step, something I haven’t seen before. I inserted some really cute pockets with the fabric left over from my Mum’s Birthday Pressie. They look so cute and are actually my first ever pockets!

I also hemmed the bottom of the dress in this fabric, just because I like extra details like that so much!

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I chose some stand out buttons and did button holes in the yellow thread to go with the top-stitching; a bit of a risk when I’ve only just mastered button holes! The only other thing I did differently was to do little bar tabs at the top of the pockets so it doesn’t wear over time.

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The construction of this was super easy and it makes a good wardrobe essential, if you see the pattern about I would definitely grab yourselves one. I really took my time with mine; I wanted the top-stitching to be neat and I really enjoyed the process. I want to risk trying the trousered version next time, but anyone who reads my blog will know that they are my nemesis so we shall see.

As I said in my last blog, Northumberland is perfect for pictures. We visited Hatherslaw light railway and spent some time looking for ‘Scarycrows’ in Etal and also took a few pictures from the gorgeous roof terrace. We’ve had some beautiful autumn weather.

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My beautiful niece.x
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railway tracks – what doesn’t go with black wellies?!

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perfect wind timing on my circle skirt!

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You will see from the pictures that I completely don’t care that I look like a minion – we’ve had a lovely day! I feel the dress is a great way to wear something that feels like a skirt and a dress in one – I clearly love it!!

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Hmm, I didn’t think you looked like a minion until you pointed it out! 🙂 Nice work! Looks like you got the fit just right too.

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    1. Haha. I know but it still made me chuckle! Thanks, I am really pleased with the fit;
      I didn’t have to make any changes to the pattern either!

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  2. Sissy MacK says:

    Cute dress and the top stitching is impressive! I’ve never seen a pattern call for zipper insertion first, but that’s the way my mom taught me to construct a garment . It just seems to go in so much easier.

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    1. Thanks a lot. It did work pretty easily, I’ve never really give it much thought but it was good because it’s done then and you can get on with the rest of the garment.

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  3. sewandsnip says:

    Cute dress, love the features of the coloured topstitching, buttons & floral fabric edge/pockets😃

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