Suna's Mind the Maker Pauline and Kim Dress hack

Suna's Mind the Maker Pauline and Kim Dress hack
Suna's Mind the Maker Pauline and Kim Dress hack
Hello! I'm Suna from @threadbitchbrighton. 
I was delighted to collaborate with Sew Me Sunshine to make this dress that I've been dreaming of for a while now.
I had my eye on this viscose fabric by Mind the Maker- a company who produces some of the highest quality fabrics with an emphasis on responsible manufacturing. Their prints are always stunning and I was particularly drawn to this print- I love how the pink florals pop out so vibrantly against the dark green background.
I chose the Closet Core Patterns Pauline dress for all of its beautiful design features-  its elegant shape, dramatic sleeves and of course the back cut out detail which is the real USP. I decided to switch the front bodice for the By Hand London Kim Bodice as I prefer the princess seam construction and thought the sweetheart neckline would just top it off for a real chef's kiss finish. 

Suna's Mind the Maker Pauline and Kim Dress hack-2

I started off by making a toile of the bodice and then made a few adjustments according to the fit which were as follows:
- Lowered the neckline by 1cm
- Lowered and widened the bust apex by 2cm and 1cm respectively 
- Graded out by 1cm at the waist.
I first constructed the Kim front bodice and then followed the Pauline instructions as normal, lining the bodice and skirt fully. 
I expected the construction of the back detail to be complicated but it thankfully went fairly smoothly! 

Suna's Mind the Maker Pauline Dress

Although I did opt to add pockets, it's a bit of a squeeze to get my hands into them, plus they add a bit of bulk to the skirt, so if I were to make the dress again I'd probably leave them out. 
Finally I added a waist tie to add a touch more definition at the waist, which is held in place by some discrete belt loops (Tilly and the Buttons does an excellent tutorial for this!).

suna's mind the maker pauline kim dress hack

Overall I absolutely love how this dress turned out. The fabric drapes and moves so beautifully, it demands a lot of swishing.
Thank you to Sew Me Sunshine for gifting me this beautiful fabric. I couldn't recommend them more for their excellent fabric selection and amazing customer service. 

Head over to @threadbitchbrighton to follow more sewing adventures...

*Suna was provided the fabric of her choice free of charge for her blog post & she was provided with a £50 voucher as payment for her time*

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