Delphine Skirt with Pinafore Front

I'm so, so excited about today's post. This is possibly my favourite make so far! I've sewn the Tilly and The Buttons Delphine Skirt from her book Love at First Stitch, but with a twist. Get to the end of this tutorial to hear about a giveaway for two of these books! It's a dungaree dress/ pinafore dress. I'm an absolute sucker for dungarees so it was certainly time for me to make one myself. And I chose this beautiful cord fabric from Elephant In My Handbag.

Love at First Stitch
What you'll need

Cord Fabric. Elephant In My Handbag have the most beautiful selection!*
Invisible Zipper 9"to match fabric.
Bib and Brace Fasteners. (Mine had 1.5" Opening)
Usual Sewing Supplies

Making your Skirt
The tutorial provided by Tilly is absolutely great, the photos are so clear and make the whole process a lot easier. I followed this process basically to the word.

Cut out your fabric using the Delphine pattern pieces.
You should have 1 front skirt piece, 2 back skirt pieces (mirrored) 1 front waistband, 2 back waistband, 1 front waistband facing, 2 back waistband facing, interfacing 1 front waistband facing and 2 back waistband facing.

Pin the two back skirt pieces to front piece, right sides together, and sew the two side seams. Press seams to back of skirt.
Interface your waistband pieces.

Sew the side seams of the waistband right sides together. Press seams open
Pin the waistband to the skirt right sides together and sew. Press seam away from skirt.
Press under seam allowance on the back pieces. Insert invisible zip then sew the back seam.
You should be able to try the skirt on at this point and check that you are happy with it.

Sew the side seams of the facings (just like the waistband). Press seams open. Fold under the seam allowance along the bottom of the facing under and press.
Sew the waistband facing onto the waistband along the top and side seams ensuring that zipper teeth are enclosed between the layers.

I clipped corners and turned facing out. 

Hem the skirt.

Making the dungaree
Next cut out two "Dungaree/Pinafore Fronts". I used an existing dungaree for this but its basically just a trapezium. 

Sew the two pieces together, right sides together, along the sides and top.
Clip the corners and turn it right side out.

Making the Straps
Cut out strips long enough to reach from the back waistband to the front of the top of the dungarees plus about 5". 
I measured enough so that they would cross at the back.

I cut my strips 4" wide and sewed in half with 0.5" seam allowance to get a 1.5" tube. Turn the tube right side out. 

Fold under the open ends of the tube and topstitch to close (or hand stitch). Thread this strap through the bib and brace fastener and topstitch it into place.

Attaching straps and front to skirt
You can sew the front into the waistband and waistband facing seam but I decided not to. I turned under the open edge of the front piece then topstitched it onto the underneath of the waistband. I also topstitched the facing down during this process and also topstitched the straps into place.

Add the jean buttons to the front top corners of the dungaree.

The finished garment!!
So this is the finished garment! This fabric was absolutely lovely to work with so I have to thank Elephant in My Handbag for providing me with such gorgeous fabric. The colour is absolutely beautiful.

Let me know what you think of the garment in the comments section below.

Now for the GIVEAWAY!! As part of this tutorial Elephant in My Handbag are doing a giveaway for two Love at First Stitch books. Head over to their Facebook page for more details.

Goodbye For Now!



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