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New Years Eve Minna

Added Jan 23, 2010

by wzrdreams

Brooklyn, New Yo...






Here she is! My Minna Dress. I wanted to make my new Years dress and I wanted something fun and simple. I was worried that velvet might not be too simple, but it actually didn’t pose too many added problems. I did hand baste the seams in advance to prevent slippage and I serged all the seam allowances in advance to keep everything tidy.

I cut a size 42 and tilted the pattern pieces out at the waist to give myself more of a 44 at the hips. The size turned out perfect for me. My only pattern comment is that the armholes are high up so there is NO need to adjust this area if you are someone who worries about gapping there.

I had a a bit of a challenge to decide on the neckline material. The pattern calls for lace trim, but the pattern piece is curved and after searching high and low throughout out the NYC garment district I have come to the conclusion that there are very few options for lace trim that will fit a curve. Unsatisfied but undeterred, I decided to come up with my own neckline construction solution using a silk charmuese backing for some mesh based trim. I’ve added the steps for my neckline for interested peoples. :)

Material Notes

Silk Rayon Velvet
Silk Charmuses
Mesh & Sequins trim
Invisible zipper




Garment Type
Evening Wear
Rayon, Silk, Velvet

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    Apr 24, 2010, 01.56 PMby hannnc

    For some reason i never got to see your Minna dress, but i went back to the one i also made in Velvet and re-read your comment! Wow yours is so beautiful! I like how you did the straps, and is that a “baby-hem”? Seems to have worked well. I just took new photos of mine so i have a new appreciation of the dress. I like it in velvet :) so glad to have seen yours too!

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      Apr 24, 2010, 07.35 PMby wzrdreams

      Thank you! Your velvet version gave me the confidence to make mine in velvet as well. The strap edges are done with a tight zigzag stitch so there is a little bit of a textured raw edge look to it…There are more detailed pictures of that in my instruction tab.. I’m very pleased with the way it turned out.

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    Apr 19, 2010, 06.44 PMby carebearplur

    wow this really came out great!

    I just sewed this weekend for my first time on Sequins trim, I must say it was quite difficult. The foot on my sewing machine kept catching the sequins and getting stuck. I ended up using a note card to keep the sequins flat as it fed through the machine. Do you have any other suggestions?

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      Apr 19, 2010, 11.13 PMby wzrdreams

      Oh, I think I know what you are talking about, but that wasn’t a problem for me. Perhaps you could feed the sequins in the opposite direction to keep it flat? I know that’s not always an option though. I do find that plastic sequins are easily sewn over…. the needle will punch right through the sequins as long as the needle isn’t terribly fine and the sequins aren’t so very thick…. althoguht that wasn’t an issue for this dress because I only stitched over the side edge of the trim and the sequins was only part of the trim. (there’s a close up on my “make it” section)

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    Feb 28, 2010, 10.26 PMby lilybart

    Wow, Gorgeous!! Love love love that velvet.

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      Mar 1, 2010, 05.39 PMby wzrdreams

      Me too! I want to buy it in every color available. Thank you!

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    Jan 31, 2010, 12.12 AMby smallone

    Love the shape of this dress on you it really suits….plus love that choice of neckline really adds something. I have a q…I like this dress but am not keen on low backs for me personally…now that you’ve made this how easy do you think it would be to raise that back neckline to more of a boat like curve??

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      Jan 31, 2010, 02.37 PMby wzrdreams

      Thank you for the compliments. I had read some comments about the lowness of the neckline, but I didn’t modify mine at all and I personally didn’t feel overly exposed and I wore one of my regular bras with no problem. That said, it would be quite easy to raise or lower either of the necklines. The curved of the neckline on the pattern piece is very smooth so it would be very simple to just raise the center back and redraw the line. A boatneck is a bit different from a V shape so I would test that out with a muslin/toile to check the look/drape of the gathers.

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    Jan 24, 2010, 04.00 AMby stefilu

    velvet is a great fabric choice for this dress

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    Jan 24, 2010, 03.49 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Ohhh, I LOOOOVE the sequins, very classy, great job :)

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    Jan 24, 2010, 02.55 AMby mlssfshn

    Love the color and the neckline.

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    Jan 24, 2010, 01.13 AMby nenasew

    I think its awesome. I love the fabrics u used as well as the modifications.

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    Jan 23, 2010, 11.59 PMby judeb

    looks fabulous on you, love the colour and the sequins

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    Jan 23, 2010, 10.13 PMby freakusbzzz

    Looks fab and really comfortable.

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