Pinafore Dress

butterick 5781 sun dress or pinafore

I am currently working on a pinafore dress to be made (eventually) using a lovely wool tweed donated by a friend. I have not made this pattern before and like so many of you, I hesitate to cut into new fabric until I am absolutely sure that the finished garment will fit. Thus has begun the journey of first checking my measurements, adjusting the pattern and making a toile. Having made the toile and fitted for the first time, I then adjusted the princess seams over the bust and side seams to improve the fit. Second fitting of the toile was fine so I amended the pattern and cut out – but again still hesitating to use the wool tweed I used a bold patterned heavy-weight cotton which, if all goes well, will look great over a tee shirt with co-ordinating coloured tights. I have sewn the bodice and inserted some narrow Red satin piping into the princess seams of the front. Third fitting needed some fine adjustment and again amended the pattern so now I am happy with the fit of the bodice. Next is to stitch the skirt and insert the zip.