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My July Minerva Make – Octopus Dress

July 26, 2016

Hello, I am back with another novelty print dress, hurrah!  I made this dress to go with a necklace I stole from my daughter.  Seriously!  My friend Martha gave some of her old costume jewellery to my daughter for playing and dressing up, and when I saw this necklace I just had to have it for myself!  How low can you go, eh?!

A dress to match the necklace

A dress to match the necklace

Once I had stashed the necklace safely amongst my own jewellery, I searched Minerva’s website for some octopus fabric, and this ‘Timeless Treasures Mini Octupi’ instantly came up.  WINNER.  Did you know, though, that ‘octopuses’ is actually the correct plural form of the noun ‘octopus’, rather than ‘octopi’, which many suppose to be correct and is in common usage?

I used the Surplice dress sewing pattern from Gertie’s latest book ‘Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book’, which was very kindly sent to me as an unexpected gift earlier in the year.  The dress was a straightforward make, and I like the bodice because it is different to most of my other dresses.

Surplice Dress from Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book

Surplice Dress from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book

Thanks to Minerva for the fabric, lining, thread and zipper – all fabulous as usual – you can read more about it on their blog here.

  1. July 26, 2016 7:13 am

    I love this dress! And it’s even better because you made to match a necklace, I think that’s just brilliant! 😀

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      July 27, 2016 8:10 am

      Thank you 🙂

  2. July 26, 2016 8:57 am

    Definitely worth committing a minor robbery in order to acquire this necklace! The dress is such a great match and the neckline is lovely.

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      July 27, 2016 8:10 am

      It is a lovely design – I’ll be sure to make more versions of this!

  3. July 31, 2016 10:15 am

    This is gorgeous! I love the neckline on this, I’ve been thinking of drafting a wrap dress, and having the straight bit coming down from the shoulder would help with where the diagonal of the wrap would sit (if that makes sense!). I also love the fabric, and see no problem at all in you wearing the necklace!!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      July 31, 2016 10:44 pm

      Yes it makes sense 😊 Have a try, you are getting so good at pattern cutting now!

  4. August 23, 2016 9:05 am

    Oh man, this every kind of awesome! I’d have nabbed the necklace too and it is the perfect accessory for this dress!

    • tabathatweedie permalink*
      August 24, 2016 9:13 pm

      Tee hee! Thank you kindly!


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