Hello everyone! I have to admit I have not been very productive at sewing this last month and a bit. We’ve had OfSTED round plus loads of additional monitoring at work, so sewing got put to the side. I have managed to finish this pinafore dress though.
The pattern for this dress (called the Sunday Set) came free with September’s issue of Simply Sewing Magazine.
I couldn’t really see myself wearing the dungarees but I was quite taken by the pinafore. I don’t know if you can see from the image above, but it’s been rated as a ‘four out of five buttons’! Now they may be referring to the dungarees when they rated this but the dress really was a doddle to make. Definitely not as hard as that. It’s essentially a gathered circle skirt with an added bib and straps but it does have a lapped zip. My first ever lapped zip was a complete cock-up (on a skirt that I still wear so it’s ok) but this one, my second, was really straight forward.
The fabric is a denim that I bought from Sew Over It in Clapham when I went to visit London in August. I tried to save fabric by facing the bib and the waistband in different fabrics, so hopefully I’ve got enough denim left over for another project.
I really liked the teal fabric I faced the bib with (and half a waist band) but as it was only a fat quarter it didn’t really go very far! I had to use a completely different fabric for the other half of the waist band, the pockets and the bias bound hem. It’s a quirky pinafore!
I do really like my new dress. I thought there was a possibility that I would look far too old to be wearing the type of thing I used to wear before I even hit double figures, but I don’t think it looks too bad at all! I’m quite glad I used a reasonably heavy fabric as the circle skirt does like to billow a bit in the wind, but I haven’t yet flashed my knickers to anyone! Although, leggings does help with that! If this had been made in a lighter fabric there is no doubt the slightest breeze would have it blowing around my head!
My new dress deserved a new location for the photo shoot. My very good friends Sacha and Steve came to visit over the weekend (thanks for taking the photos guys!)and I took them up to Robin Hoods Bay which is 15 miles north of Scarborough where I live. If you ever do the ‘Coast to coast’ walk, this where you end up!
And here I am looking towards where I got married! You can just about see the Raven Hall hotel to the left of the headland. Actually, you can’t really see it but it is there!
I am currently in the midst of doing some non-selfish sewing at the moment as it’s half term. My son’s school has given us plenty of warning (which is unusual) about the theme for Children in Need day – ‘super heroes’. So I’m making something for Bryn at the moment which will hopefully get blogged about reasonably soon. See you then!