Crafty Lady – Winter Pinafores
Aug
3rd

So, this is what’s kept me away from blogging the last couple of weeks!

Once I had my daughter, I knew I wanted to at least make a couple of items of clothing for her. I made her a floor quilt before she was born, but I wanted to be able to make some little dresses and skirts for her as she grows up, just because I think it’s nice if little girls have a few homemade, one-of-a-kind items of clothing in their wardrobes. Plus, I get annoyed sometimes at the little girls’ clothing in shops because I feel like it’s a little too ‘on trend’ with teen or adult female clothing. I want my little girl to look like a little girl!

Anyway, a few months ago I saw some gorgeous corduroy in Spotlight and bought a couple of metres of each one and knew I would use them to make two Winter pinafore dresses for her. I’m a sucker for argyle, so I jumped on the orange, purple and green pattern like a mad thing, and thought the grey one with the red and blue motif on it was a bit funky and different. I bought cotton in blue and purple to line them with and brought them home. They sat in my sewing box for a while, because I was terrified of attempting to make a lined dress, something I’ve never done before.

In about 2006 I did a series of sewing lessons, where I learned the basics of a lot of different aspects, enough to make some basic clothes. But since then I’ve been doing patchwork quilting, which is very different. So I had to refresh my sewing skills by watching a few different YouTube tutorials on how to insert a zip and how to line a dress, and luckily I found two really great ones that have simple, step-by-step instructions.

This is the end result:

Although I had to unpick each one at least once to fix armholes and zipper misalignment (which was a BITCH to do, let me tell you), I think I did pretty well! I love that these are unique pieces that no one else has, and I’m glad I could find fun corduroy to use, it’s such a nice fabric for Winter, and you just NEVER see corduroy dresses in the usual kids shops. I do wish I had made the hem line straight instead of curved on the grey dress, because the coloured lines at the bottom of the fabric would have created a nice strong hemline, but live and learn I suppose.

I have since bought a cute brown corduroy fabric with pink, purple and orange polka dots on it which I’m planning to use to make a simple skirt, so we’ll see how that goes.

For anyone who’s interested, these are the tutorials I followed:

Inserting a lapped zip
How to sew lining into a sleeveless dress

Until next time,

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