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For the theme ‘Once Upon A Time’ I used the book "Ballet Shoes" by Noel Streatfeild as inspiration. Clothes were a big deal to the Fossil sisters since they always seemed to need new ones and they were doing their best on a shoestring to make them. Since I’ve never sewn anything before I very much identified with the doing-your-best-with-what-you-have feel of the book!
Petrova Fossil is the sister least into ballet and performance and just wants to fix cars with Mr Simpson. I saw a reference to her putting on jeans and really liked the idea of vintage denim wear. I wondered what an adult Petrova would wear once she was free to be a pilot, and I found a pattern for some late-1930s dungarees which seemed very much of her character. In the photos I made the dungarees but the shirt is shop-bought.
I found this pattern with a straight neckline, which is late-30s to early-40s, instead of a sweetheart neckline, which is more solidly 30s. Petrova would have hated a sweetheart neckline! In the construction section I explain that I needed to add a lining, and I think Petrova would have liked the final result. I can imagine her working with machinery by day and having fun with her sisters with nice fabric by night!
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My main hurdle to overcome in this project was the material I ordered was a lot thinner than what I expected - a light cotton - not the denim I imagined. I ordered it online, and the shop did not accept returns so I had to go with it. Thankfully I had some different light cotton, as well as iron-on-interfacing from a skirt project that I chickened-out of in the autumn. The interfacing added structure to the bodice pieces and the lining gave the garment a more weighty feel like proper denim.
I’ve been enjoying Cathy’s, Bernadette’s and Morgan’s YouTube channels and found a lot of help there. Morgan had a tip about gathers - using two parallel threads to gather evenly - which worked really well in the front of the bodice, and her pattern sizing video was most helpful! Bernadette taught me about basting and how to finish seams neatly, which really helped with the lining. For most pattern pieces I basted the lining to the denim and treated them as a single piece. For the back-bodice I wanted to put the facing between the denim and the lining so it was super-neat, and this involved felling the lining down afterwards. Cathy’s short, gentle videos kept me calm throughout!
The instructions that came with the pattern were made for someone with more experience, so I found the facing, finishing and adding closures most complex, but this where the instructions were the least descriptive, and youtube most helpful!