My Lovely Wool York Pinafore
Posted on Wednesday the 26th September 2018 by Ditsy-Tulip
I couldn’t wait to get started with autumn sewing, I just love the colors and textures of the fabrics, and all the layering possibilities.
I definitely had autumn in mind when I selected my fabrics for the Minerva Crafts blogger network posts back in August (even though it was so hot at the time), I was immediately drawn to luxury fabrics and went straight to the wools and silks.
My first fabric selection was the most gorgeous plaid Pure Wool Fabric
, it’s just beautiful. It is so soft and cozy and an absolute pleasure to work with.
I love how this pinafore turned out, but I will be honest and admit that I did make a mistake and had to do a bit of rectifying, let me explain what I did wrong and how I sorted it out.
Ok, so when cutting out the pattern pieces from the fabric, I was super careful to ensure that I was pattern matching the side seams, and that the pockets were identical, but I never thought about where the center point was on the dress and how I should position the pattern pieces on the fabric.
The result was that the pinafore looked off center, and to me it was really noticeable, so I racked my brains on how I could fix this.
I decided to make a faux button placket from a section of the fabric that I wanted to run down the centre, it’s not perfect as I still have some inconsistencies either side of the button placket, but it’s much, much better than it was before.
I then added some super cute ceramic rose buttons from Whim Wham buttons
which also helps to take your eyes away from the error (or should I say design feature).
I thought that the wool needed a bit more stability and something that will stop it from sticking to tights when worn, so I interlined it using some lovely paisley lining fabric that I had in my stash. To interline I cut the pattern out in both the wool and lining fabric, I then hand based the 2 fabrics together (wrong side to wrong side) so that they ultimately became one piece of fabric which was wool on one side and lining on the other, I then continued to sew as normal.
I used a contrast bias binding to finish the neck and armholes, this gives it such a professional finish. The Helen’s Closet method of bias binding is by far the best I’ve experienced and I now love adding a bias bound edge, I think that the key difference is understitching the binding which gives such a neat fold.
You can view the inside of the dress in my video that you can view here
, I have included 4 versions of the Helen’s Closet York dress but if you just want to view this version skip to about 8 minutes in.
So that’s it, I just love how this turned out and will wear it loads, and although I made the mistake with the plaid positioning, it was definitely a key learn and I won’t be making that mistake again, although it turned out to be quite a design feature.
Oh, I nearly forgot to mention, I was delighted to find that I had enough of the fabric left over to make a Tilly and the Buttons Arielle skirt (the mini version) so that is currently on my sewing table, how amazing is that, a dress and a skirt out of 1.5m of fabric.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to catching up again next month.