Pinafore Tutorial

NB I mainly pin my pieces together and only occasionally tack things in place. If you prefer,  tacking is an option.

Cut out the front and back pattern pieces for the bodice on the fold, once in the top fabric and once in chosen lining

Placing the two front pieces right sides together stitch from the bottom of the arm hole all the way around the neck to the bottom of the other arm hole. Repeat this with the back main fabric and lining. Clip curves. Turn them right sides out and press.

Open out the side seams and pin the seams together (right sides facing) manipulating the seams to make them less bulky, pin and stitch.

Top stitch all around the edges.

Cut out skirt - to make things simple I used a width of fabric. I wanted the matching panties to show so my skirt part was quite short.

If you are happy with the length of your fabric you can hem the bottom edge now.

Using the longest stitch on your machine stitch 2 rows in the seam allowance along the top of the front and back halves of the skirt (gather stitches).

Machine stitch the side seams. Pull the bottom threads of the gather stitches until they match the corresponding bottom edges of the bodice pieces. Pin and stitch making sure the gathers and excess fabric do not ride up and get caught whilst you are sewing.

Stitch button holes on the top of the shoulder sections of either the front or back, depending on your pattern, of the bodice and sew a button on the corresponding strap.

I added a pocket and a bow on the skirt section.

I also made panties which were quite straight forward, following another pattern I had. I cut out two pattern pieces, stitch the front and back seams with right sides facing, then I had to bring the crutch sections together and stitch.

The waist band had to be turned over and stitched leaving a gap to thread elastic through. The same for the leg casings. The pattern gave a guide for the length of both waist and legs. After threading the elastic through using a safety pin and stitching the ends together, the opening had to be sewn closed.

I also made a headband from elasticated lace and a bow made from the Leo Bunny fabric. 

Mollie Makes Felt Fox Brooch

Freebie from Mollie Makes issue 32

The supplies and pattern included

Patterns traced and pinned to felt

The brooch pin to be sewn to back piece

The embroidery thread supplied too

The white muzzle placed between the orange layers
and over stitched all the way around

Nose and eyes lashes embroidered and voila!

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