Hot on the heels of my brown corduroy Pauline Alice Turia Dungarees I have made a dress version also from corduroy. I was busy drafting an a-line skirt for these dungarees when I happened upon a pinafore dress variation by Pauline Alice and noticed that she drafted it with a straight skirt, so I changed mine. Minor regrets now…
Although on reflection I’m pretty happy with the straight skirt. I consider this to be a casual outfit so have teamed it with a jumper that I originally machine knitted for Mark, perhaps seven years ago, from ColourMart UK cashmere and wool blend. I found the jumper recently and wondered why Mark didn’t wear it so I made him try it on and he looked like a middle-aged schoolboy! It fitted him like a glove, which means that it was ridiculously small. I immediately snaffled it and wear it at every opportunity.
I chose to make the dress with a centre front seam down the skirt which I originally flat felled, but it looked really bulky so I unpicked it and overlocked the seam which I then topstitched down. This dress is covered in topstitching but it’s not really visible.
I note that I seem to have pulled the dress up too high, but if I have the braces any looser the sides gape. I need to resolve this if I make another one.
I made the back pockets bigger but placed them where they sit on the dungarees, which appears to be ridiculously high on the dress. Not that it matters as I won’t be putting my hands in them because of the deliciously big pockets on the front.
I am also wearing self-made tights (I had put these in a bag to throw away but pulled them out when I made this dress. I think the baggy knees may have been why I was chucking them out!), a ruched neck top and Arcopedico shoes (how well do they match?). The corduroy came from Spotlight and I hadn’t realised that it was stretchy until I got it home. This may have caused my problems with the bib. This is an easy outfit to wear, but I haven’t yet decided whether I want another one as I look more rectangular than usual in it, although perhaps a denim one would be a nice addition to the wardrobe?