Pinafore Dress

At long last the pinafore dress according to Butterick B5781 is finished. The pattern has separate pieces for different cup sizes which should have made the fitting easier but unfortunately did not. However, I am pleased with the end result which is pictured below.

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                                        Front view                Back view

You will notice that I did not pipe the back princess seams as after all the fittings I was becoming a little disenchanted with the project! The neckline is sufficiently low and the bodice sufficiently loose-fitting that I am able to put the dress on as a pullover. I did however fit a zip which I machined and hand-picked (as per the Great British Sewing Bee programme aired just last night).

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Can you see the zip?

The bodice is fully lined with the cotton fabric and if I were to make the pattern again I would reduce the lining and make a facing instead as I found a full lining in self-fabric to be too bulky. Now I need some really cold weather so that I can wear the pinafore with a polo neck sweater and thick tights!