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My April Minerva Make – Zebra Dress!

April 26, 2016

A glimpse into the inner workings of my mind when deciding on my next project for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network…

I could choose some of Minerva’s lovely denim and make a pair of jeans!  *looks at denim* Ooh that’s nice denim.  That would be perfect.  I’ll just have a quick look at the quilting fabrics

OH ZEBRAS YES I NEED THAT!!  I could make a zebra dress.

But would I wear a zebra dress?

Yes I would.

But I’m a mum walking kids to school and everyone’s in jeans wearing black and I’ll look out of place.

But if I make it with an A-line skirt then it’s practical and it won’t blow up in the wind.

But really I should make jeans because that is a good and admirable skill.


No, there is a reason this is quilting fabric, it’s because it isn’t meant for dresses.

Then again quilting fabric is excellent quality and it wears and washes well and it’s 100% cotton poplin.  And look the zebra fabric is red, and red is my favourite colour!  I could wear it with black tights so it’s definitely practical.

I really ought to make jeans.


I could make jeans next time, maybe.


If you want to read about the actual making of it and see the lovely vintage pattern I used for #VintagePledge, click here!



  1. Freshly Sewn permalink
    April 26, 2016 11:54 am

    This is super cute!! I love A-line shift dresses, and I love fabric with animals on it! That is gorgeous fabric…is it from Minerva?

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      April 26, 2016 12:56 pm

      Yes it is. It’s by Timeless Treasures.

  2. Hazelnutthread permalink
    April 26, 2016 1:04 pm

    Ahh thats perfect for the school run! It looks fab ☺

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      April 26, 2016 1:08 pm

      It must be. I wore it all day Thursday, all day Saturday and all day Monday and have had to put it in the wash so I can wear it again pronto! I just love the shape of the dress – it feels comfy but flattering and practical. So pleased with this make!

  3. Back to Blighty permalink
    April 26, 2016 8:51 pm

    I love this dress! I’m not surprised that the jeans went on hold! 🙂

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      April 26, 2016 8:57 pm

      One day, when all the novelty fabric has gone…..

  4. April 27, 2016 7:30 pm

    Hahaha! Loved the inner dialogue! ZEBRAS!! 😀 So jeans are up next then? 😉

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      April 27, 2016 8:01 pm

      Errrrrrr…. maaaaybe…. 🙂

  5. April 28, 2016 10:07 am

    Ah, sod jeans and a hoodie for the school run! I can’t say that I don’t succumb to that on occasion but when I do wear a dress its such a conversation starter! I now also have zebra dress envy. I think we all have very similar monologues in our head when choosing fabric too, although mine is more along the lines of ‘you don’t need it, you have loads of fabric’ vs ‘but its so preeeetttttyyyyyy and I WANTS it!’!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      April 28, 2016 10:33 am

      Hahaha yes! Make a zebra dress! ZEBRA MUMS RULE.

  6. Sabs permalink
    April 29, 2016 8:44 pm

    Like the way your mind works, zebra girl. Yip yip (that’s the sound they make)

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      May 3, 2016 7:25 am

      Hahaha ☺

  7. April 30, 2016 9:17 am

    Woo-hoo! Looks fab. I’m glad the zebras won. Jeans can be made any old time, but it’s not everyday that anybody comes across zebra fabric!!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      May 3, 2016 7:26 am


  8. May 3, 2016 1:19 am

    Lol!! You can always do the jeans in a month where there isn’t zebra fabric.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      May 3, 2016 7:26 am

      One day I will make jeans. Probably.

  9. May 17, 2016 11:59 am

    Another Zebra dress. Looks great on you.
    Did not know that the fabric is also available in red. My dress is blue: I bought my fabric in Berlin (Germany)
    Regards, Muriel

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      May 17, 2016 12:57 pm

      Very nice!

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