Believe it or not….this Dani Pinafore is my first make of a Seamwork pattern. What took me so long?
I’ve never really investigated Seamwork patterns because I assumed (wrongly) that because Seamwork patterns were part of a online magazine/club, they were simple designs, really meant for beginners. I suppose that’s true in some instances, but certainly not in this pattern.
The design of this pinafore includes so many things I like – – interesting seam details, pockets, a deep v-neck. The pinafore is fully lined, complete with armhole and neck facings as well.
Fabric: I used a medium weight dark wash denim and topstitched with medium gray thread. For a bit of fun, I lined it in polka dot rayon.
Construction Notes – –
Size: I chose the size indicated by measurements, then did a quick muslin, and quickly reaized it was going to be a bit too big. So I sized down and think the fit is pretty good at this point. If you’re thinking about making this….you might want to do the same.
Modifications – – As designed, the skirt is pretty short. I lengthened the bodice by 1 and 1/2” . Even with that change, I was left with a very narrow hem. The neckline is lovely, but pretty low, so I raised it by an inch.
I eliminated the inseam pockets and added patch pockets. All seams are flat-felled and topstitched with a twin needle.The front bodice and front skirt darts are topstitched too.
Rather than cutting the front and back bodice on the fold, I added a flat-felled seam at the center front and back, and topstitched.
Denim and topstitching are two of my sewing ‘loves’ so this project ticks off all of the boxes for me. I’m so glad I found this lovely pattern, and lucky me…it was free ( I won from a the Day/Night Dress Challenge drawing)! I know there will be other Dani’s in my future…I’m already eyeing a piece of linen in my stash for a summer version that will be perfect for hot sticky days.
I hope you’re enjoying the #sewbibs challenge on instagram as much as I am- – Thanks to cookin’ and craftin for organzing a challenge that inspired me to add two new pinafores to my wardrobe (here’s the other one if you missed the post). Happy sewing and thanks for stopping by.
12 thoughts on “#sewbibs: Seamwork Dani Pinafore”
Oh I love this one! Nice job! I’m going to go look it up! I have a lightweight denim that might work. Is there a zipper in it or is it loose enough to pull over your head?
Thanks, Linda! That means a lot coming from a fellow topstitching enthusiast. It just pulls over your head!!! Nice, eh? It would look great on you!
Thanks for showing it to me! 👩🏼🦳👍🏼
Love, love it, particularly your mods. I would like to do a quarter of the amount of sewing that you manage.
I love your posts. jeanc X
Thanks, Jean!! Having a dedicated sewing room doubled my sewing productivity…I’m so lucky that I have it because I can knock out a seam here or there then shut the door on the mess! It’s amazing how quickly a garment comes together when you sew in bits.
Does it have a closure? If so where, otherwise does it just pull on over the head?
It doesn’t have closure. It skips over your head, so easy! I suppose that’s part of the reason for the deep v neck…
Wow, this is so cute! I love your version! Better than the pattern!
Thanks, Sue! Not sure I needed another topstitched denim piece in my wardrobe but I sure wanted one…so glad #sewbibs came along to push me to do it.
Love this Linda. I’m a huge fan of topstitching so it ticks a lot of boxes for me…the shape too. Also, I like that you added the extra seams in the front and back.
Thanks, Diane. I can imagine how cute this dress would look on you! The extra seams were the perfect choice as I had a chance to do even MORE topstitching….:).