Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Perfect Pinafore

Ok...so I think I've found the perfect pinafore pattern!  I ordered it the other day from Kelani Fabric and I put up a post about it here when my fabric haul arrived.  It's the perfect little dress for showing off pretty fabrics, especially since you get to pick a contrasting fabric for the pocket and facings.  When I ordered the pattern I ordered this bird print below, along with the stripes so I could make it up straight away, and I had so much success with it I knew I had to do it again. 
There was one problem with the pattern itself, however, which in actually fact turned out to be a blessing in disguise...... The pattern called for 0.60 metres of fabric for the body, which the way it read I understood it to mean that was the total it needed.  I wasn't thinking straight, but I did order the fabric going off the dimensions I read off the pattern from the website (so in my defence I didn't actually get to see the pattern pieces before I ordered the fabric!)  Anyway, once I got it and laid it all out I discovered I actually needed twice as much because you are supposed to cut both the front and back pieces of the pinafore on the fold of the fabric (therefore both the front and back are cut out of a single piece of fabric with no joins).  Dilemma!!  I didn't have enough length so in the end I cut the back out, pinning it next to the front pattern piece (which I did do on the fold) and added a bit extra to create a seam allowance.  I also did the same for the back facing so they matched....and in the end I used WAY less fabric.  It was a really "A-ha" moment!  I decided that the seam up the back looked fine, so went on to do the second dress the same.
My daughter seems to like it, and it's a great one for summer.  You can also put on a little t-shirt underneath, or even in the cooler months, have a long sleeved top under for added warmth.
I didn't mean to make a second one but then I was in a gorgeous fabric shop in Yarragon, which is a small township in Gippsland, which is just up the road a bit, and I was buying fabric to make a bunny rabbit.  Yes, I did say bunny rabbit.  Anyway, I saw a whole array of beautiful fabrics that I knew would make really lovely pinafores so, (as well as bunny supplies!) I bought the material and made another....
How nice is this print?!!  If you are wondering....she has a jelly bean in her hand here....
...aanndd....now it's in her mouth!






8 comments:

  1. She is such a cutie♥♥

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  2. Imogen looks beautiful! I love the prints! How American of me is it to not know what a pinafore is? haha Once I kept reading it began to make more sense. haha You've been sewing such a little time and you're already making these beautiful dresses and skirts! Give yourself a pat on the back!

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    1. Aw thanks Kiki! x I love the blue floral one. There's a lovely shop up the road (ok...a fair bit up the road!) and it has fabrics that people obviously use to make quilts, but I think they make beautiful dresses and things for girls!

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  3. The cutest little lady ever! I love the last photo with jellybean in mouth LOL. You did a great job on the dresses, it's good you were able to work around the problem with the pattern. I like to contrasting fabrics you chose for both dresses, I think that would be one of my favorite parts. It's nice to mix and match. It's crazy that you guys are headed into Spring/Summer, I'm ready for the Fall and Winter... CHRISTMAS!!! :D Anyway, little tangent.. Well done here!!

    MUCH LOVE!!!!

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    1. Yes, I like the 'jelly bean eating' photo too. She looks really cheeky, which she is. Yes! That is the fun part, choosing the fabrics....and it's so hard to choose...there's so many nice ones and this is why I just keep re-making this dress! I know...I keep freaking out that you guys are starting to get cold again...it seems like just yesterday that you were all fluffing about in the snow....and now it's almost back!! Yes, Christmas. Semi-dread. All I can think of is the mammoth amount of Christmas shopping I have to do. I have about 28 nieces and nephews!!

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  4. You've managed to come so far with your sewing in such a short time. Amazing! xx

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    1. Thanks Bianca! It's been a bit crazy but then I don't have to go to work during the day so it's all I do basically (other than run around after the kids!)

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