I tend to set aside a day to sew, in the expectation of a finished object at the end of it.
However, with so many essential DIY projects underway, a whole day of stitching felt like an extravagant luxury.
It came together gradually, with plenty of time to make decisions about details I might otherwise have rushed.
About 1.8 metres of soft black denim - a sale bargain remnant from Sherwoods Fabrics for about £7.
A fat quarter of granny square crochet-print quilting cotton from the Riding Hood collection by Josephine Kimberling for Blend Fabrics to line the bib (from stash).
Other: 2 wooden toggles (from stash). 2 script-painted wooden buttons (from stash). Thread and interfacing. Denim needles for my sewing machine.
Slow and steady stitching!
The only difficulty I encountered was due to the bulkiness of my straps.
Because I was using denim, I probably didn't need to interface them... but I did. This was where I was grateful for my special Denim sewing machine needles - I only broke one :)
The resulting narrow thick straps posed a problem for the final fastening method: I didn't fancy trying to hammer on a snap (popper) through all those layers. I remembered seeing toggle fastenings on a beautiful Weaver's Apron at the Tall Yarns stall at Woolfest.
|Detail of the Tall Yarns straps - picture from their website|
I made buttonholes on the bib of my pinafore (rather than on the straps), then sewed linen bias tape to the straps, threading it through the buttonholes and then the toggle-holes, tying it in a knot.
I discovered that I can get it on and off over my head without undoing the straps, which is a relief as I think the tape would fray if I was having to undo it every time I wear my dress.
And no, my toggles don't fit through my buttonholes... because I made them too small. Ahem.
I strongly suspect that this garment is going to become a staple in my wardrobe.
It bears all the hallmarks of a Roo Uniform:
- dark denim which goes with everything
- hidden details that make me smile
- a strong shape to layer over and under according to the weather
I hesitated before wearing it in the workplace, but I think it will be fine except on days with formal Committee meetings in my diary.
Let's face it - I wear Doc Marten's almost every day, so I am unlikely to be sacked for sporting a couple of wooden toggles!