How beautiful was the weather last weekend?!
Oh hello 1st November, I'll just leave my coat at home and stroll along the beach getting all hot shall I...ok!
We went for a nice long walk along the seafront down to the marina, the water looked so inviting, although I wasn't stupid enough to actually give it a go, looks nice, feels like about -4 I'm sure.
Anyways, my new make! This wasn't planned at all. I picked up some "black" 3% stretch denim on Goldhawk road, intending to make up a new pair or Ultimate Trousers. Turns out this denim ain't no black, it's dark but definitely inky blue (damn you shop lights). I don't really need another pair of blue denim trousers so got my thinking cap on for this piece of fabric.
Pinafore's seem quite the thing at the mo. I haven't owned anything of the dungaree variety for quite some time but am not adverse to a cute pinafore dress. My Hazel was of that ilk and I wear that loads in the winter months. I've been seeing a lot of Marilla Walkers Roberts Collection dungarees out there and as much as I liked the look I did say that I wouldn't be buying any new patterns this year so I got to thinking that the bodice of the Colette Hazel would probably do the job. I wanted more of a full bodice than a skirt with a front flap piece attached.
I had a little trouble getting the length of the shoulder straps just right last time, not to be repeated this time as I only needed to sew them onto the back of the bodice. I found these dungaree fasteners in my button box...handy! The black buttons aren't ideal, I would prefer to add something bronze or even proper hammer on jean buttons so these might get replaced at some point. I cut out the full length of the strap pieces and zig zagged the ending to stop them fraying.
I love the shape of the Hazel bodice, the V front gives almost princess seams which always fit so nicely. The skirt is my beloved Belladone with the pleats taken out. I just folded these out of the pattern piece before cutting the denim. I used the waist band as I do feel that the Hazel can come up a bit short in the bodice. Adding this makes it feel pretty spot on.
I really like the skirt without the front pleats. It's a cute A line and works well in this denim as it's nice and structured. Of course I kept the pockets.
I wanted to use an exposed zip, I think they sew well with denim, the denim would have been a bit too bulky for an invisible zip. The only one in my stash was pretty long but I went with that anyway because once you get going you don't really want to wait around for a zip delivery when you have one that sort of does the job do you?! It's about 30 inches long so goes a long way down but I think it looks ok. I learnt from previous exposed zips and added a fabric flap behind it (does this have a name? Zip guard?) so it doesn't eat up any tshirt fabric as I zip it up.
After taking these photos one thing I did notice was how completely off my strap placement was on the back bodice. Look at those! they are way to close to the centre. (About as wonky as my plait parting too...)
I sorted that out when I got home, a little time with the seam ripper and I think this is much better, it actually feels better too....
For the inners I just pinked the bodice seams, I find that denim always holds up well in the wash and doesn't really fray. I used some cotton from my stash to line the waist band and for the pockets
For a piece of clothing I didn't plan on I've been wearing this quite a lot already, it's a pretty good basic piece and nice to be able to mix up the look with tshirts underneath.
I feel like my sewing has been very sensible lately, all staple pieces and neutrals. Where have all of the fun dresses gone?! I think I might need to break this mould soon...