If you haven't seen it on social media, I recently had the pleasure of attending the Minerva's Birthday Eventhosting a series of workshops and demonstrations during the day and judging the catwalk competition with Sewing Bee's Patrick Grant during the evening.
I chose to merge the Know me 2015 strapless top with Vogue 9343 flared skirt. And I used the Minerva Exclusive beautiful Popcorn jelly cotton satin. It was stable enough for the bodice construction but elegant enough for the full skirt.
A strapless style was not an obvious choice for me. Minerva's birthday party outfit but I felt bold. I've made underwired clothes before and I like the support, but I've never made underwired clothing other than a swimsuit before.
My local Boyes had this lovely velvet ribbon in a variety of widths, where the color matched the hot pink of the satin print perfectly. I added thick velvet ribbon bows as straps and tied the narrow piece around my waist as a belt, but I have to admit I prefer it without the belt.
This pattern starts at a C cup but I was able to get it down to a B cup. It actually took me three canvases to get the fit right: I made the C cup first, then I rated an A (too small), then moved up to a B. Instructions include steps for adding foam and underwire and there is a sewalong video for this design if you like to follow someone.
I felt very glamorous and I appreciated the little touches like the full skirt and the velvet ribbons but I find that the gap between the two cups is a bit big and I'm not sure it suits me 100% . There's a new Madalynne for Simplicity strapless dress pattern arriving in the UK before Christmas which is almost identical to my dress and has more cup sizes. So if you want to try this style and you have a very small or very large bust, I would say stick with this style because Madalynne is a lingerie expert and will give you the best fit possible.