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My April Minerva Make – Tape Measure Dress for Pink April

April 26, 2014

Hello again!  I am rather excited to show you my April Minerva make for their blogger network, which I’m also including for the Sewcialist’s Pink April!

Front and back view

Front and back view

I love this measuring tape fabric, and when I found that Minerva stocked it I was so pleased.  They do it in four different colourways (red/grey, orangepink and purple) and I like ALL OF THEM.  Would it be too much to make another three dresses with the other three colourways?!  I’m sure it’s been done before.

Anyway, I went for 3m of the pastel pink version, with some hot pink polycotton lining and hot pink invisible zip, and I chose New Look 6776 as my pattern.

So, for this make I was all ‘oh I think I’ve lost weight so I’ll cut a size smaller’.  Then I measured myself and the dream was shattered.  So I traced the pattern in the size I thought I wasn’t anymore, and guess what?  Yup, it was too big.  So the dream of cutting a smaller size came true, but only after wasting AN ENTIRE TWO HOURS of tracing the larger size and making a toile.

First and second toiles, made in lining fabric

First and second toiles, made in lining fabric

I was a bit apprehensive about making the smaller size, because I felt sure that I would have to do a Full Bust Adjustment, given that the finished garment measurements given on the pattern envelope were indicating that the bust on the smaller size would be 2.5 inches smaller than I needed it to be.  I’ve done FBAs before but never on a gathered bodice like this one, so although part of me liked the idea of a challenge, part of me was like ‘oh please just magically fit my bosom’, and happily it turned out that it did fit without the need for FBA, and I could use my second toile as the lining for the finished garment – hurray!

After the toile-making, the making of the dress itself was very straightforward, and took four and a half hours including the cutting of the fabric.  Not bad eh?  And it was ready in time for Easter, which was perfect because the colours in this fabric are totally reminiscent of Mini Eggs.

New Look 6776

New Look 6776

The midriff section is cut on the bias, which breaks up the vertical stripes of this print nicely.

I have a few improvements I’d like to make to the dress if I were to make it again.  I wish the skirt had pockets, so I would include those next time.  The zip is a bit tricky to unzip due its position – perhaps a side zip would be better on this dress.

New Look 6776 - Back view

New Look 6776 – Back view

Finally, my bra shows at the side, which I totally did not notice when I made the toiles as I was focusing on fit more than anything else.  I’d like to redraft the arm holes next time to get better bra coverage!

Oh hai bra!

Oh hai bra!

Other than these little niggles though, I am very happy with the dress.  I can’t wait until it’s actually warm enough to wear it on a regular basis with sandals and bare legs.  I hereby summon you, summer!



  1. CardTherapy permalink
    April 26, 2014 9:55 am

    Gorgeous, what fabulous print! The curse of the gaping underarm – I agree, although a bit of bra flash, especially a pink one, is no great problem as the dress pattern is so captivating. You are very talented x

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      April 26, 2014 9:59 am

      Thank you. It actually doesn’t gape – it is just cut lower than it ideally would be!

  2. Simona permalink
    April 26, 2014 10:03 am

    Just 3 words! 😍 I love it! I love the print as well! But it does not suit me. But your dress is lovely 😄

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      April 26, 2014 6:34 pm

      Thank you, it is a fun print!

  3. anne carter permalink
    April 26, 2014 10:10 am

    Lovely print and pattern.You’ll be re-sizing again if you carry on running!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      April 26, 2014 10:23 am

      Not for a while! Still, it gives me a reason to keep sewing more dresses! (Like I need a reason!)

  4. April 26, 2014 1:24 pm

    Lovely dress. The print is unusual and not something I would personally wear, but it suits this pattern really well

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      April 26, 2014 4:58 pm

      Thank you. It has worked out well!

  5. April 26, 2014 2:03 pm

    You look fantastic! Love the measuring tape fabric.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      April 26, 2014 4:59 pm

      It is good fabric!

  6. stgilbert permalink
    April 26, 2014 4:57 pm

    This is a great dress! The midriff band adds such great detail 🙂

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      April 26, 2014 5:01 pm

      Thanks Sarah.

  7. April 26, 2014 5:06 pm

    Such a fun print and flattering style — your new dress looks amazing on you :D!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      April 26, 2014 5:56 pm

      Thank you!

  8. April 26, 2014 8:14 pm

    Your dress is gorgeous! Love the fabric, it’s so much fun. I made a S2444 with the purple last year. I challenge you to make a dress in each colour!! 😉

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      April 26, 2014 8:17 pm

      Ooh sounds lovely! Hahahaha don’t tempt me!!!

  9. April 26, 2014 8:59 pm

    Great dress. Love the gathered bit under the bust. I think that armhole issue is so easy to overlook. We are too busy checking the bust or back fit to notice other areas.definitely make it again.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      April 26, 2014 9:02 pm

      Definitely. I will pay more attention to the toile next time! Anyway, I can live with it & it isn’t majorly noticeable, especially if worn with a cardigan.

  10. April 26, 2014 10:57 pm

    great dress! lovely fabric and such great fit! Bring on summer 🙂

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      April 26, 2014 10:58 pm

      Thanks Inge. Yes, definitely need more sunshine for this dress!

  11. April 27, 2014 3:30 am

    I might have to try this one. It looks great on you! Hoping for warmer weather your way so you can get it worn. 🙂

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      April 27, 2014 9:07 am

      Thanks, me too! It’s been very rainy here recently!

  12. April 27, 2014 10:15 am

    Lovely! Good choice of pattern to show off the tape measure print!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      April 28, 2014 12:29 pm

      Thanks, it did work out well.

  13. springystitches permalink
    April 27, 2014 3:37 pm

    I love this dress! I’ve only just started a blog as I am new to dressmaking and it is so lovely to see inspiring makes. Thanks for sharing!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      April 28, 2014 12:31 pm

      I’ve just had a look at your blog. The fabric you have bought for your skirt is gorgeous! Good luck with the making – hope it turns out well.

  14. April 27, 2014 9:21 pm

    As soon as I saw this on my reader, I had to click through! I’ve often wondered how this fabric would look as a dress and you’ve proved it is a knock out. Perfect for a summer day, let’s hope it is here sooner rather than later.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      April 28, 2014 12:32 pm

      Thank you Claire. I’m pleased with how it turned out. Now let’s hope for lots of warm, sunny weather!

  15. April 28, 2014 9:28 pm

    So very cute and chic. I’ve been eyeing off this fabric for a while, your choice of pattern totally rocks with the print

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      April 28, 2014 9:31 pm

      Thanks Vanessa! Definitely get some of the fabric: it’s lovely quality and so bright and cheery!

  16. April 28, 2014 10:32 pm

    Ooh I never realised New Look 6776 was so cute! I like the front and the back and the bias. Well I basically like it all 🙂

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      April 28, 2014 10:41 pm

      It is a nice pattern. I think it’s easy to overlook some of the New Look patterns sometimes as they are just that bit less attractively packaged.


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