Corduroy Club- Seamwork Dani Pinafore

Hey Sew Folk,

I hope you are all knee deep in thread and that your bobbins are full.

Just a speedy post today to run you through my latest make, the Dani pinafore from Seamwork.
I’ve made plenty of Seamwork patterns and as soon as I saw the blush pink sample version of this dress, I started dreaming of my own. I saw Dani as a great winter dress to be layered with long sleeve tops and worn with tights and boots and a slight 70’s nod. This is all a continuation of my quest to look smarter and more put together and avoid a jumper + jeans surrender once the cold weather rolls around.

I got my hands on some bargainous cord at the Knitting and Stitching show at Ally Pally in October and picked up some snazzy coordinating paisley lining from eBay. I considered doing the dress without a lining, as Fiona over at the Diary of Chainstitcher did, but with a rare bit of time on hands I decided to go whole hog. I have hardly sewn any garments with lining but then the thought of a silky paisley inside was too much to resist.

The pattern is designed with plenty of ease and therefore with no fastening. I really like this look and don’t mind a slightly oversized silhouette, if you liked more fitted garments you might want to have a think before starting this project.

The pattern comes together quickly and the facings and lining give a lovely finish inside the dress.

Since the pattern was released there has been a reissue of the instructions to clarify the pocket construction and there were a few times where I had to re-read the instructions and double check the diagrams, so beginners should take extra notice of where they’re at.

The trickiest bit of the pattern is getting a nice neat point at the neckline, I tried mine several time and it’s still not perfect.
Also per Fiona’s suggestions, I lengthened my skirt and lining pieces as the design is quite short, even for a 5’4 wee one like me.

Here’s the finished number, ready for more cases at my 70’s private detective agency.

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