June Makes

June was a somewhat productive month for sewing. I didn’t make that many items, however the items I did make were new patterns.

The first item I made was a self-drafted lunch bag made from black canvas and animal raincoat fabric. I based the pattern on my boyfriend’s lunch bag, and I am really happy with how it turned out.

This was a relatively cheap make because the canvas was left over from another project, and the raincoat fabric was a remnant that I got from Spotlight.

I used cotton heading tape for the bag handle and closure strap. The bag closes with press studs.

I am really happy with how the lunch bag turned out, and it has been great to take to work.

In June I also made my first Seamwork Dani Pinafore. My pinafore was made from a floral embroidered black canvas fabric from Spotlight, the same fabric used to make my lunch bag.

Overall I am happy with my finished Dani, however if I make this garment again, there are a few changes I would make.

First of all, I spent a lot of time fiddling with the lining fabric trying to figure out how to attach it to the facings as I thought the instructions for this pattern were very vague and not particularly helpful. In the end I didn’t really bother to look at the instructions.

I couldn’t figure out why the lining pieces didn’t line up with the facings so in the end I gave up on attaching the linings and just used the facings.

Next time I make this garment I think that I will cut out the bodice pieces to line it instead of using the lining and facing pieces. Unless anyone has any resources or suggestions on how to do this?

Next time I will also I will also shorten the bodice pieces so that they sit on my natural waist as they are currently too low.

In future, I might also test out a tighter fitting version with darts in the back pieces.

Overall I am quite happy with my June makes, my lunch bag has been really useful, and I am keen to test out the Dani pattern more.

Thanks for reading!

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