My latest project was totally inspired by the board on Pattern Review discussing using our precious fabric. My coral / red / cream tweedy boucle is with no doubt my best fabric .I love the colours and the texture and to top it off , it was my souvenir from my one and only trip to France in 2013 .
I always thought to make a skirt using a TNT pattern but when I laid out the pattern pieces there was so much more fabric than I thought . The fabric was 150 cm wide ( I thought it was 120cm ) and the shopkeeper had been generous with the cut giving me extra ! This was good and bad news because it meant I had to rethink the whole project and make a muslin .
I already have a handmade winter work version of a pinafore which I wear heaps and this gave me the idea to make a warm weather one .
I chose this pinafore from September 2012 Burda Style ,a ripper of an issue . So many patterns I want to make from it . It has a deep V neck with front bust darts and inset pockets . The top part is lined .
I made only two changes . I lengthened the skirt pieces and opted to fully line the garment .
I was very lucky and found some matching lining fabric at the opshop . It had pura seta printed on the selvedge and when I googled this found it meant silk in Italian - bonus !
The pinafore was very easy to sew and as the V neck is deep there is no need for a zip to get it on and off . I love the little bonus front pockets but if I make this again I would make the pockets deeper although I can store a hanky in them.
This was a great project to follow up my coat which took ages to sew . I really do not know why I put off sewing my precious Parisian fabric for so long because once I cut into it , it was really easy . So if you have any fabrics which you are saving because it is so special then I encourage you to just do it - go cut it out and sew it up.
I will finish with another picture of my babies - they are getting bigger .The lamb in the background with the brown head and white body ( I call her ChocTop ) is only 2 1/2 weeks older than the twins ( but twice as big ) .
Happy Sewing Janine.